Where to Submit Short Stories

Writers are often at a loss to know where to submit short stories. Worry no more. Here are 8 magazines that are open to short story submissions. Follow their guidelines and give it a shot. You’ll never succeed until you try.

1. The New Yorker

The ‘Shouts & Murmurs’ section is your best bet. Submit short fiction and humorous short fiction with a word count of 600 to 1,000. The publication pays but even if they don’t, who cares? It is The New Yorker after all.

Submission Guidelines: http://www.newyorker.com/about/contact

Deadline: Open

2. The Atlantic

Don’t be afraid to submit to The Atlantic as they will publish worthy stories from emerging writers. Submit short fiction of 2,000-10,000 words and – no genre fiction. Again, bragging rights alone are worth it, but editors may pay up to $200 for unsolicited content

Submission Guidelines: http://www.theatlantic.com/faq/#Submissions

Deadline: Open

3. The First Line

If you enjoy challenging yourself by creating from a writer’s prompt, this one is for you. Each issue of this quarterly contains short fiction stories (300-5,000 words) that begin with the same allotted first line.

Submission Guidelines: http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm

Deadline: February 1 (Spring); May 1 (Summer); August 1 (Fall); November 1 (Winter)

Payment: $25 to $50 (fiction)

4. Boulevard Magazine

Boulevard Magazine is always on the lookout for “less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise.” It accepts fiction pieces up to 8,000 words. They do not accept science fiction, erotica, westerns, horror, romance or children’s stories. There is a submission fee of $3.

Submission Guidelineshttp://www.boulevardmagazine.org/projects.html

Deadline: Open except for the period of May 1st to October 1st

Payment: $100 to $300

5. Story

If you enjoy writing based on a theme this magazine is for you. Each issue is based on a specific theme, but its editors encourage writers to think outside the box.

Submission Guidelines: http://www.storymagazine.org/submit/

Deadline: July 15th (print magazine); unspecified (online issue)

Payment: $20 per page (up to a max of $200)

6. Black Warrior Review

Even though Black Warrior Review publishes stories written by well-known names, they also publish emerging writers. So give it a shot. Fiction pieces of up to 7,000 words should be innovative, challenging and unique. Note that ts editors value “absurdity, hybridity, the magical [and] the stark.”

Submission Guidelines: http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/guidelines/

Deadline: Submission periods are December 1 to March 1 and June 1 to September 1

Payment: A one-year subscription to BWR and a nominal lump-sum fee (amount not disclosed on their guidelines

7. The Sun Magazine

If you have personal writing, try submitting to The Sun Magazine. The editors specifically mention this category but are “open to just about anything.” Submissions should be no more than 7,000 words.

Submission Guidelines:http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing

Deadline: Open

Payment: A one-year subscription plus $300 to $2,500 (nonfiction) or $300 to $1,500 (fiction). They also accepts previously published pieces but pay only get half the standard fee.

8. Daily Science Fiction

For your short 100 to 1500 word flash fiction, try Daily Science Fiction. They look for short and sweet character-driven fiction.

Submission Guidelines: http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit

Deadline: Open except for the period between December 24 to January 2

Payment: 8 cents per word for initial publication on their site, plus an additional 5 cents per word if your work is selected for one of their themed anthologies


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Tues. afternoons January 12 – March 29 in Oakville “Shaping Your Story”  

Wed. afternoons January 13 – March 30 in Oakville “Get Your Story Finished”  

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