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10 Tips to Help You Publish Your Short Stories

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10 Tips to Help You Publish Your Short Stories A Presentation


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Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories


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Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories But you just can’t seem to get them published


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Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories But you just can’t seem to get them published To help you do just that, we’ve put together 10 of the BEST TIPS you will ever get for publishing your short story…


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1. Write a good cover letter when submitting your story


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Your cover letter is the first impression you make on the editor


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Your cover letter is the first impression you make on the editor So make sure that you are successfully selling yourself and your story


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What to write: A short introduction of yourself. A summary of your publication history And then a single paragraph on your story (this should be a pitch, not a synopsis!)


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2. Don’t just submit any story to any publication


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It is crucial that you research and read the magazine or journal you want to submit to beforehand


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It is crucial that you research and read the magazine or journal you want to submit to beforehand Make sure your story fits the tone, style, and genre of the publication – otherwise you won’t get published


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If you are too lazy to do publication research yourself, you can subscribe to Duotrope.com “We have gathered millions of points of data on the publications that we list. All this information is compiled into useful reports that help you make smart decisions” – Duotrope


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3. Look for online magazines – not just print publications


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In today’s digital world, online magazines have become just as well-respected as print magazines


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In today’s digital world, online magazines have become just as well-respected as print magazines What’s more: There are far more online magazines out there, and its easier to get published in them


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You can also think about starting to write for blogs as a way of building your reputation and experience a bit This is something you can mention in your cover letter


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4. Show your stories to friends, colleagues, and people whose opinions you trust


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Sure, you might feel too shy to let anyone read your story. But in the end you want to submit the best story you possibly can


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Sure, you might feel too shy to let anyone read your story. But in the end you want to submit the best story you possibly can So get over yourself and let people read and critique what you wrote!


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If you are still too shy about your work, join an online writer’s community like www.writerscafe.org Here you can post your work and get reviews and advice from thousands of other writers


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5. Consider entering writing competitions as well


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A great alternative to getting your short story published in a magazine is to win a short story competition


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A great alternative to getting your short story published in a magazine is to win a short story competition There are countless competitions out there – just do a simple Google search to find them


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Here are some of the biggest writing competitions out there: Commonwealth Short Story Prize Global Short Story Competition Bristol Short Story Competition Tom Howard/John H. Reid Contest Fiction Desk’s Ghost Story Competition Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition


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6. Be innovative and interesting


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Maybe you are a good writer. But every editor reads thousands of well-written short stories every month


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Maybe you are a good writer. But every editor reads thousands of well-written short stories every month Write stories that are innovative, engaging and that will stay with the reader long after they’ve moved on


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Read your story before submitting it and ask yourself: “Is this captivating and interesting enough to stand out from other equally well-written stories?”


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7. Read the submission guidelines and follow them to the letter


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Editors throw out submissions merely because they don’t follow simple submission guidelines or format


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Editors throw out submissions merely because they don’t follow simple submission guidelines or format If you were too lazy to follow the guidelines –why should an editor waste time reading your story?


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If you can’t find a specific magazine’s guidelines online, simply send an e-mail to the magazine or journal and ask for it


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8. Money comes second!


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Sure, you want to start making money from your writing, but it is more important to get published and start building a reputation


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Sure, you want to start making money from your writing, but it is more important to get published and start building a reputation Money comes later. If you keep it up, it will come


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“Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it … I have written because it fulfilled me … I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing” - Stephen King


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9. Keep working – keep trying


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If your story gets rejected, go back and rewrite it, or write something else – something better


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If your story gets rejected, go back and rewrite it, or write something else – something better It might take a while before you perfect your style, but the only way to do it is to practice


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“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit” - Richard Bach


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10. Don’t ever fear rejection


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Maybe you will only get 1 in 10 stories published – maybe less. This is normal, so don’t stress about it


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Maybe you will only get 1 in 10 stories published – maybe less. This is normal, so don’t stress about it Just keep submitting stories. Submit as much as you can!


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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was rejected 12 times before J.K. Rowling found a company that wanted to publish her book


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Bonus Tip: If you want to learn how to write better…


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You can enrol for one of Skills Academy’s Writing Courses Learn how to craft better stories, and develop new writing skills


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You can enrol for one of Skills Academy’s Writing Courses Click on the button below to find out more


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You can enrol for one of Skills Academy’s Writing Courses Click on the button below to find out more OR talk to us on 0800 040 040


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