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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 today.

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: jenineb@optiline.net. 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: info@copperfieldreview.com. 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: pafahey@hancock.cc.ca.us. 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), Emily Hancock, Editor, 1230 Glen Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708. tEL: (510) 540-5510, e-mail@moxiemag.com. 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: prose_ax@att.net. Submit via e-mail. NSSWM:341. Quarterly. Pays two contributor copies for one-time and e-rights.
The Barcelona Review.
(www.barcelonareview.com),
Jill Adams, Editor, Correu Vell 12-2, Barcelona, Correu Vell 12-2, Barcelona, Spain 08002. E-mail bar_rev@eresmas.net. Submit via mail or e-mail. NSSWM: 345. Bi-monthly. Pays in professional Spanish translation of story for exclusive e-rights.
The Blue Moon Review.
(www.TheBlueMoon.com)
14313 Winter Ridge Lane, Midlothian VA 23112. E-mail: fiction@thebluemoon.com. Submit via e-mail. NSSWM: 348. Quarterly. No payment: acquires first North American serial and one-time anthology rights.
Cafe Irreal.
(www.cafeirreal.com),
e-mail submissions to editors@cafeirreal.com. NSSWM:349. Semi-annual. Pays 1 cent/word, $2 min., for first e-rights. (www.pifmagazine.com), e-mail submissions to editor@pifmagazine.com. NSSWM: 366. Monthly. Pays $50-$200 for first North American serial rights.
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,
(www.analogsf.com)
Stanley Schmidt, Editor, 475 Park Avenue South, 11th floor, New York, New York NY 10016, E-mail: analog@dellmagazines.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
(www.themysteryplace.com)
475 Park Ave. S., 11 floor,. New York NY 10016. Tel: (212) 696-7188. E-mail elleryqueen@dellmagazines.com. 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: sfeditor@scifi.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.
Crescent Review
(www.crescentview.org/webpages/content.html.)P.O.Box 7959, Shallotte, North Carolina, 28470. E-mail: rescentreview@mindspring.com. NSSWM: 190. Triannual; reads from January to April and from July to October. Pays two contributor copies for first North American serial rights.
Prairie Schooner
(www.unl.edu/schooner/psmain.html.)
201 Andrews Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588. Tel: (402) 472-0911. E-mail: eflanaga@unlnotes.unl.edu.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: jeana@snakenationpress.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: storyquarterly@yahoo.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: cappers@cjnetworks.com. NSSWM: 380. Bi-weekly. Pays $75 to $300 for first North American serial rights.
Glimmer Train
(www.glimmertrain.com)
, 710 SW Madison St., #504, Portland OR 97205. Tel: (503) 221-0836. E-mail: info@glimmertreain.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: pshares@emerson.edu. NSSWM: 252 triquarterly: reads August through March. Pays $250 max. for first North American serial rights.
Prism International
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: prism@interchange.ubc.ca. 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 vary.
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: queries@theparisreview.com. 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: info@all-story.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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