Be brave, throw caution to the wind and submit

Or do you think short stories are dead?

I think there is still a place for them. Flipboard and StumbleUpon are going great guns and so are several other e-magazines. But where does a writer submit? Should we use the machine gun effect and scatter stories everywhere?

Hmm, that’s one way to get my stories out fast.

I’ll admit a couple of years ago I submitted a lot of articles and short stories. But this past year not so much. Only one or two, here and there. Why? Because I was busy publishing my books and life interrupted a few times.

However, I continued writing flash fiction and as a result, have a few stories I’d like to submit. So maybe it’s time to start the process again.

Now where to start?

  • Duotrope ($5.00 Mo.) To help you find the perfect match for your piece from thousands of current fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art publishers.
  • The Grinder  (Free) A submission tracker and market database for writers of fiction.
  • Poets & Writers  (Free) Database of over eight hundred literary magazines.
  • The Market List  (Free) The first fully comprehensive writer’s market guidelines index online. Also, offers free advertising for your published books.
  • New Pages  (Free) Provides news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests.

And of course Google. That’s right you can Google contests, ezines, magazines and find places to submit your story.

Remember to sign up for emails and subscribe to the publication after you submit. Reading the publications will help in future submissions.

Do you have a favorite source or publication you like to send stories to?

Have you submitted anything lately? If not why?

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8 thoughts on “Be brave, throw caution to the wind and submit

  1. I like the challenge of writing short stories, and especially flash, but I don’t submit as often as I should. I just don’t have time to research places for submission. At least that’s what I tell myself. And then it’s a matter of considering return on investment. Is publishing short stories going to sell more books? I don’t know. I suppose the rate of short story writing/submitting may be pretty dependent on the goals of the individual author. Regardless, I might need one of those paper airplane launchers, because that is pretty cool.

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  2. I don’t think short stories are dead, not by a long shot. I’m in an ongoing competition just now, where we have a challenge every month, this one is 3000-7000 short story. I didn’t know, however, that you could submit to these sites and will be looking into them further. Also, have you tried watt pad? I started an account on there but can’t find the submit button and so far only the title is saved. If anyone has worked with this, please let me know. xx

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