You can make a decent living just by writing short stories.
Get started by picking up a copy of The Novel and Short Story Market at the C.C. Book Shop. You'll
find out who's buying what and for how much.
Believe it or not, the short story is on
the verge of making a comeback on the literary scene.
In days gone by, trying to sell a short story was
somewhat akin to selling refrigerators to eskimos.
Today, however, with the re-emergence of the
literary scene in general
(witness the success of J.K.Rowling and her Harry Potter books), the market
is ripe for short stories.
The short story is also a
perfect vehicle for the young and upcoming writer.
If you are just starting out as a writer,
there is no better venue for improving your writing
skill. Consider writing a
series of short stories based on one particular theme. Over the years,
you can concentrate
on that theme and link your stories into a novel.
Many authors have honed their skills this way. Take
Alex Haley's novel "Roots" as an example."Roots" was actually
a series of short stories that Haley had written over his lifetime.
Hemingway linked his Nick Adams stories this way too. In fact, this is how many
writers hone their craft and many are still using the short story as a mechanism for
writing their novels
Another example is Stephen King.
He jots down every idea he's
ever had -- whether it's a
description of a particular character or how the sun rises on a summer morning.
Then he just fits
the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle and hey, voila,
he's got an award winning novel!
So if you pine to reach the calibre
of Stephen King, start writing. Write about anything you wish -- then keep
your writing in a safe place for future
reference. In a speech to a group of "wannabe"writers, Samuel Clemens
(alias Mark Twain) asked his audience who wanted to be a writer.
When all the hands in the audience went up, he said.
"All right. If you all want to be writers, why aren't you at home writing?"
Other than giving you a great platform for your writing skills, the short story can also
give you a leg up on your writing competition. For example, if you have a
large collection of excellent short
stories, you might start drawing attention from publishers.(Most publishers are only interested in prolific
writers. If a writer publishes a successful book, the publisher wants some assurance that the
writer is capable of following it up with a sequel. "One shot"
authors, especially if they're new to theliterary scene are looked upon with suspicion). So start writing.
Many great authors have been "discovered"
this way. At the Canadian
Copywriter we wish you the best of luck!
(and we look forward to reading your masterpiece)
Beginnings.A Magazine for the Novice Writer.
Jenine Boisits, Fiction Editor; Post Office Box 92-N, Shirley,
New York, 11967. Tel: (614) 924-7824. E-mail: email@example.com. Submit via mail.
NSSWM: 302. Semi-annual.
Pays one contributor copy for first rights.
The Copperfield Review.
A Journal for Readers and Writers of Historical Fiction
(www.copperfieldreview.com) ,Meredith Allard, Editor in Chief,
Post Office Box 11091, Canoga Park, CA 91309. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit via e-nauk. NSSWM:351.
Quarterly. Acquires one-time rights.
Mindprints. Paul Fahey, Editor, Learning Assistance Program,
Allan Hancock College, 800 S. Colledge Dr., Santa Maria CA 93454.
Tel: (805) 922-6399, ext 3274. E-mail: email@example.com.
Submit via e-mail or mail. NSSWM: 233, Annual.
Pays one contributor copy for one time rights.
Moxie. For the Woman Who Dares (www.moxiemag.com),
Editor, 1230 Glen Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708.
tEL: (510) 540-5510, firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit via e-mail. NSSWM: 315,
Online only; updated bimonthly.
Pays $10 for one-time rights.
Prose Ax. (www.proseax.com),Jhoanna Calma, Editor,
P.O.Box 22643, Honolulu HI 96823. E-mail: email@example.com. Submit via e-mail. NSSWM:341. Quarterly. Pays two contributor copies for one-time
The Barcelona Review. (www.barcelonareview.com),
Jill Adams, Editor, Correu Vell 12-2, Barcelona, Correu Vell 12-2, Barcelona,
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit via mail or e-mail. NSSWM: 345. Bi-monthly.
Pays in professional Spanish
translation of story for
The Blue Moon Review.
(www.TheBlueMoon.com) 14313 Winter Ridge Lane, Midlothian VA 23112.
Submit via e-mail. NSSWM: 348. Quarterly.
No payment: acquires first North American serial and one-time
Cafe Irreal. (www.cafeirreal.com),
e-mail submissions to email@example.com. NSSWM:349. Semi-annual.
Pays 1 cent/word, $2 min., for first e-rights.
e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. NSSWM: 366. Monthly. Pays $50-$200 for first North American
The Rose and Thorn Literary E-Zine. (members.aol.com/Raven 763/index.php. Quarterly.
No payment; author retains all rights.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact,
Stanley Schmidt, Editor, 475 Park Avenue South, 11th floor, New York, New
York NY 10016, E-mail: email@example.com. Submit via e-mail. Monthly.
Pays 6 to 8 cents a word for short stories. $450 to $600 for stories of
7500 to 10,000 words; and five to six cents a word for longer material.
Buys first North American serial rights.
Asimov's Science Fiction (www.asimovs.com),
Gardner Dosois, Editor, 475 Park Avenue S., 11th floor, New York NY 10016.
Tel: (212) 686-7188. E-mail Asimov@dellmagazines.com. NSSWM: 376. Published
11/year. Pays 5-8 cents/word for first North American Serial rights.
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
475 Park Ave. S., 11 floor,. New York NY 10016. Tel: (212) 696-7188. E-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. NSSWM: 398. Published 11/year. Pays 5-8 cents/word
for first North American serial rights.
Quantum Muse (www.quantummuse.com)
5 East Eglin Blvd., Londonderry, NH03053. E-mail: editors@quantummuse,com.
Submit via e-mail. Online only; Web site updated regularly. Pays $10.00
for one-time rights.
Sci Fiction (www.scifi.com/scifiction)
Ellen Datlow, Fiction Editor, 48 Eighth Avenue., P.M.B. 405, New York NY
10014, E-mail: email@example.com. Submit via mail. NSSWM: 368. Online only;
new material appears regularly. Pays twenty cents per word up to $3,500.
CrazyHorse. Brett Lott, Fiction Editor, College of Charleston, Dept.
of English, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424. Tel: (843) 953-7740. E-mail
crazyhorse@ cofc.edu. NSSWM: 190. Semi-annual. Pays two contributor copies
for first North American serial rights.
7959, Shallotte, North Carolina, 28470. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSSWM: 190. Triannual; reads from January to April and from July to October.
Pays two contributor copies for first North American serial rights.
201 Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588. Tel: (402)
472-0911. E-mail: email@example.com.NSSWM:256. Quarterly; reads
September through May. Pays in contributor copies for all rights.
Snake Nation Review, 110 W. Force Street, Valdosta, GA 31601. Tel:
(912) 244-0752. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. NSSWM: 274. Quarterly.
Pays two contributor copies for one-time rights.
Story Quarterly (www.storyquarterly.com)
MMM Hayes, Editor, 431 Sheridan Rd., Kenilworth, IL 60043, E-mail: email@example.com.
Submit via e-mail. NSSWM: 278. Annual: reads October through March. Pays
10 contributor copies, plus lifetime subscription, for one time rights.
Capper's (www.cappers.com), 1503
SW 42nd St., Topeka KS 66609. Tel: (913) 274-4345. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSSWM: 380. Bi-weekly. Pays $75 to $300 for first North American serial
Glimmer Train (www.glimmertrain.com), 710
SW Madison St., #504, Portland OR 97205. Tel: (503) 221-0836. E-mail: email@example.com
Submit via mail or e-mail. NSSWM: 204 Quarterly; reads in January, April,
July and October. Pays $500 for first rights.
Ploughshares. The Literary Journal (www.pshares.org)
Fiction Editor, Emerson College, Dept. M, 120 Boylston St., Boston MA
02116. Tel: (617) 824-8753. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. NSSWM: 252 triquarterly:
reads August through March. Pays $250 max. for first North American serial
Dept. of Creative Writing, Buch E462-1866 Main Mall, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z1 Canada. Tel: (604) 822-2514.
E-mail: email@example.com. Submit via mail. NSSWM: 257. Quarterly.
Pays $20/page for first North American serial rights.
Tin House (www.tinhouse.com)
Submissions Editor, P.O.Box 10500, Portland, OR 97296. NSSWM: 376. Monthly.
Pays up to $3000 for first North American serial rights.
Harper's (www.harpers.org) Editor,
66 Broadway, 11th floor, New York NY 10012. Tel: (212) 614-6500. Submit
via e-mail with a SASE. NSSWM: 387. Monthly. Pays 50 cents to $1 word. Rights
The New Yorker (www.newyorker.com), 4
Times Square, New York, ny 10036. Tel: (212) 286-5900. NSSWM: 395. Weekly;
currently closed to unsolicited submissions. Payments and rights vary.
The Paris Review (www.parisreview.com), 541
E. 72nd St., New York NY 10021. Tel: (212) 861-0016. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSSWM: 247. Quarterly. Pays $600 for all rights.
Zoetrope: All-Story (www.allstory.com),
916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. Tel: (415) 788-7500. E-mail:
email@example.com. Submit via e-mail with a SASE. NSSWM: 297. Quarterly.
Reads September through May. Pays $1,500 for North American serial rights,
plus two year film option.
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