Short stories are an excellent way to hone your writing skills. With the right outlets, they can also be an opportunity to pursue publication and start building a back catalogue of published works. However, unlike novels, the route to publishing short fiction is not always so clear.
Full-length novels get all the attention when it comes to writing, but short stories are a craft all to themselves. They require a different set of skills and present unique challenges. It’s only natural, then, that you would want to submit yours to a place that understands these challenges and knows how to best overcome them.
Here are some excellent publications that will take on short stories:
1: Pendora Magazine – This online magazine regularly accepts submissions of short stories, poetry, and flash fiction. Their guidelines are clear and well laid-out, so keep an eye open for when their submissions period opens up.
2: Automatic Pilot – This magazine is always open for submissions, and is happy to accept previously-published works and have no problem with you submitting to other publications at the same time. They do charge a small submission fee of €5, but any published pieces are paid €50.
3: Silver Streams – This journal publishes bi-annually, but you can submit your work for consideration all year round. Primarily dedicated to Modernist and Post-Modernist genres, they promise a response within two weeks, so you’ll know quickly if your work has been accepted.
4: Banshee – A newer literary journal edited and published by women and featuring women authors, Banshee has taken the Irish literary scene by storm and continues to grow in popularity. The journal publishes twice a year and there is a small fee payable to each contributor.
5: Writing.ie Submission Opportunities – New opportunities open up all the time. Writing.ie regularly publishes articles detailing the many different publications seeking contributors. Bookmark this list of articles and keep checking in; you never know what will turn up.
That’s all for this week. Good luck!
(c) Paul Anthony Shortt