Ten mysterious, exciting, thought-provoking and funny stories by ten authors: Tracie McBride, Jack Nicholls, April Grey, Douglas Kolacki, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, Frederick Langridge, Rayne Hall, Jeff Hargett, Carole Ann Moleti, Deborah Walker. Edited by Rayne Hall.
Once you've written a short story, you may want to get it published. You'll need to find venues: print and online magazines, anthologies and competitions. Tip: Don't post your story on your blog. Most venues will consider the story to be published, and you will only be able to sell the story as a reprint. A story posted on a password protected site (like a critique site) is not usually considered published.
How to find Story Markets
Online Databases and Lists of Story Markets The Submission Grinder has an interface that allows you to search for venues. You specify genre, payment level and other criteria. You can also track your submissions on the site and see what responses other writers have received. Ralan is a also a good list for science fiction, fantasy, horror and humour venues.(Duotrope is also a submissions site, but since 2013, this site charges fees.) Publisher's and Editor's websites The magazine listed on submission sites may receive a lot of submissions. Read publishers' websites, like Prime Books, to find upcoming anthologies that might not appear on these online submission sites. Find the anthology editor's blog and see if they're issuing an open call (open to everyone). Follow editors through social media to find out about semi-public call.
Writer's Websites Some writers list open venues and horror anthologies. Patsy Collins regularly posts open competition calls on her blog.
Writer's Bibliographies Find interesting venues by reading a writer's bibliography. Often time I'll come across a market I haven't seen before. If the market isn't familiar to you, google it to find out more.
Let the Editor Come to You Make sure that its easy for an editor to contact you. Editors read writers' blogs and may want to invite you to an anthology or request a reprint from you. It's Not What you Know; It's Who you Know Many of my writing friends believe that networking is very important. Being sociable, attending conferences and events can lead to you hearing about closed invitation-only anthologies and other opportunities. I hope that helps. Is there anything I've missed? How do you find short story markets?
I enjoyed this interview extract over at Inkpunks, talking to some high profile short story editors. I found it very encouraging. Check out what John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, James Patrick Kelly, Mike Resnick, Stanley Schmidt, and Gordon Van Gelder have to say about the state of submissions.
Just done a bit of totting up. I've written 875 thousand words in the last five years. Virtually all in short stories. Sadly, I'm not getting any faster. I've been 200 thousand words a year since year one.
But I'm feeling quite pleased. What about you? Do you keep a record. When I reach my first million I am expecting big things.
This story was a lot of fun to write, as the back story was the Saurian race evolved from a species very much like our Earth evolved dinosaurs. And I decided to do a story about space pirates. Yes. Space pirate dinosaurs.
As usual, with my aliens, I looked for Earth bound inspiration. There's nothing as strange as has already evolved.
I became fascinated by the hollow bones of dinosaurs (much like the hollow bones of our current dinosaurs: birds) and developed an explanation of the Saurian custom of throat singing using the imagined physiology of an alien race.
Throw in some pirate skulduggery, and a few plot twist and turns. I hope you enjoy.
My poem 'Trouble in Golem Town' has just been published in Mirror Dance. This has reminded my that I haven't done any poetry either writing or subbing for ages. Shame on me.
Double shame because writing poetry feeds into my short stories. Writing poetry exercises certain muscles in the noggin that I don't exercise when writing prose. Also, several of my stories started life as a poem and I know that this is the case for other writers and poets too. So poetry = good.