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Where can I publish short stories?

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Oliverbritten



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I am writing a short story right now and it is nearing completion. I heard it is tougher to publish short stories these days because magazines are not as interested in them as they used to be, if that is true then what are my options?

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Olivier, I don't pretend to know what the market for short stories is, but I'll tell you what I would do. I'd go get a copy of the Fiction Writer's Market, or whatever they're calling it these days, and read up on the short story market. Ask the research librarian at your library to help you. They've been waiting for you to ask. Be nice, ask them.

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chris wrote:
Olivier, I don't pretend to know what the market for short stories is, but I'll tell you what I would do. I'd go get a copy of the Fiction Writer's Market, or whatever they're calling it these days, and read up on the short story market. Ask the research librarian at your library to help you. They've been waiting for you to ask. Be nice, ask them.


I think I found what you are talking about. Looks useful, I haven't even heard of it before. For some reason I find writing short stories weirdly satisfying, since some of my ideas are not as well developed I can write them in short story form first so I can get ideas on how to expand it later. I have tons of short story collections from lots of authors, its like having a small snack then reading a novel is like a steak dinner with extra gravy and potatoes Very Happy Crap now I'm hungry.

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I don't know what genre your stories are in but you could try Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, both of which have a feature called "Department of First Stories" for new authors. The same company that publishes them also publishes Asimov's Journal of Sci-Fi and Fantasy (if that's not the exact title, it's something really close).
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leprrkan wrote:
I don't know what genre your stories are in but you could try Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, both of which have a feature called "Department of First Stories" for new authors. The same company that publishes them also publishes Asimov's Journal of Sci-Fi and Fantasy (if that's not the exact title, it's something really close).


My story I want to publish is kinda hard to put into a genre, I guess it would be science fiction. I posted the plot outline in another thread a while back, I just got around to actually writing it though.

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Don't porn magazines still print short stories? Wink
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The New Yorker still publishes short fiction as well, but I don't know if they take submissions from new authors. I generally see stuff from Sedaris, Steve Martin, King and folks like that.

Details, GQ and (I think) Esquire also publish essay length stuff, but again I don't know their policy for newbs.
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One thing I am curious about, when I submit a story to a magazine do they then own the rights to it if they choose to publish it or not? I don't really know much about copyright issues and rights ownership, does it range depending on the magazine or publisher?

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