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Ten Great Markets for Your Short Stories

teacher avatar Julia Gousseva, Writer, Creative Writing Teacher

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12 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Market #1

    • 3. Market #2

    • 4. Market #3

    • 5. Market #4

    • 6. Market #5

    • 7. Market #6

    • 8. Market #7

    • 9. Market #8

    • 10. Market #9

    • 11. Market #10

    • 12. Conclusion

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About This Class

Would you like to get your short stories published in a magazine or an anthology and get paid?

This short class provides an overview of ten great markets that pay for short stories. Stories needed by these publications range from literary fiction to science fiction to fantasy to children's stories and anything in-between. There's a market for any story! 

We will discuss their preferred genres, guidelines for submission, writing tips, word counts, and payments. You will find links to all the markets in the notes.

Before you know it, you will be a published author. Take this class to see how to do it.

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Julia Gousseva

Writer, Creative Writing Teacher


Julia Gousseva

Writer, Creative Writing Teacher

How to Write an Original Short Story

Have you always wanted to write fiction but don’t know where to start? Have you started writing but got stuck and don’t know how to finish? Do you have ideas but find it hard to develop them into a complete story that makes sense? Or do you experience writer's block, get stuck, and lose motivation?

If you have experienced any of these problems or if you simply want a clear and specific way to develop your idea into a story, you’re in the right place.
This course will present an approach to writing stories that I have developed over a number of years and refined with my students in face-to-face classes.

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1. Introduction: Hi there. Welcome to the class on 10 markets to sell your short stories if you write short stories or if you would like to write short stories, and if you want to make a little money on your short stories, this class is for you. We will talk about 10 different markets. That except short stories and that pay money for a short stories. These markets focus on different kinds of stories. Some would like you to send in Children's stories. Some focus on inspirational ones or science fiction or literary mainstream and some others , and we'll discuss them in detail. In this class. We will talk about current needs and requirements, will talk about submission guidelines payment. And I will provide you with up to date links where you can look at more details for each of these markets and links where you can submit your short stories. All right, let's get started 2. Market #1: the first market I'd like us to talk about is called Chicken Soup for the Soul Siri's. They started many years ago with an anthology Off Inspirational Stories. They call them Stories to open the Heart into Kindle the Spirit and the Slink. It takes you to the main website off this Siri's where you can look at the whole variety of books that they have now. They start, as I said with this generic one, and now they have chicken soup with the mother sold chicken soup for the Grand Parents Soul Chicken Soup for the kids sold dog lovers, soul cat lovers sold in all kinds of different titles. So if you have an inspirational story to share, your almost certain to find a specific type of story or type of experience that would fit one of their titles, here is the Link Teoh this the submission guidelines and story guidelines. So, of course, make sure that you read those guidelines very carefully. Also, I would suggest that you get some sample stories. You can actually get some sample stories from their main website. You can also send up for the chicken soup and newsletter, and then they're going to email you some samples stories. They have a lot of books, and some of them are super popular. For example, the cat lovers stories they republish or published in you, a book for cat lovers about once every 18 months. So definitely that's a great market. They pay about $200 per story, and they send you 10 copies off off the anthology of the book where your story appears once it gets published, so they could look at the guidelines, look at some samples and I think it like it, and you might be able to find the right story type for you. 3. Market #2: the second market I'd like us to talk about is highlights for Children magazine They This magazine comes out once every month, and they have two short stories that appear in each issue. The magazine itself is for ages 6 to 12 and the stories there two types of stories. One is a shorter 1 500 words is the limit, and this is for younger, younger Children. So probably 6 to 8 or 6 to 10. Something like that. And then the second story that appears also in each issue is a little longer. It's a 750 words, and it's for the older age group. So think about 8 to 12 or maybe 10 to 12 1 thing to remember about highlights is, ah, and you can see it on the cover. Their logo is a fun with a purpose, so all their stories have a message. They want to teach kids how to be good people, how to be honest, the different kinds of life lessons. They're not explicit lessons. Not like you're writing a fable with the moral, but it's a fun stories and engaging story but story that the kid can learn something from you can look at their website and the I would also suggest looking at a few issues and reading a few stories in this magazine to get a feel for what kind of stories they want. And if you live in the United States, all public libraries have those magazines, and you can go on to get a bunch of copies right in the library. In the read these short stories, As I said, they're very short. Write 500 words 7 50 words So it won't take you long to read them, but it definitely helps to understand what they want. Before you start writing and submitting and they would like you to submit through. Submit Herbal and there's the link right there. What's nice about highlights is they pay on acceptance. They pay both from $200 to $250 approximately, and once they accept your story than they pay you, and then when they publish it, which could be, you know, a year six months later, then they're going to send you to copies off their magazine. And if you need more copies than you can always ask them for more s Oh, that's nice. And the you can submit seasonal stories year round. So it doesn't matter if it's the middle of July or if it's January, you want to write the Christmas story, you can know we send it in. They don't have any kind of limits on of what kind of story to submit when, Ah, they do have, ah, some reading periods over the summer where they close. But they usually reopened by mid September, so you can definitely send your stories in if you're nice market. 4. Market #3: market number three is called one story, and as the title implies, they publish one story in each of their issues and the stories. This is literary fiction, and the the length that they require is ah, from about 3000 words to 8000 words. The competition is pretty high here, as you can imagine, because the only do take one story a month. Ah, but they pay $500 per story and plus the send you 25 copies off the magazine where your story appears. So this is their website. They also have another magazine that's called one scene story. These are two different markets. So if you would like to submit the one teen story, you should look at what the requirements are for that magazine. As with the other markets, I always suggest that you read a few sample issues off the magazine to get an idea of what kind of story they're looking for. With one story, you can buy back issues for for $2.50 a copy, or you can subscribe for $20 for a year. You can also look at their website, but they don't have complete stories there. They have some more specific descriptions of what kind of stories they're looking for. They have some excerpts and some interviews with authors, and that's useful to read as well, because it will give you an idea off the thinking behind this magazine again. A very nice market. And them If you write literary fiction, that's definitely a good market to consider. 5. Market #4: market number four is the first line magazine, and this is an interesting one, and they're really fun. Want to submit to the first graphic I put here is ah, there guidelines for the stories that were due on August 1st the 2018 and you can look at the first line. The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. So they publisher of this magazine, four times a year and each time they give you the first line that you have to use and you cannot change it and then write your story after that first line. So kind of an interesting way different way too right. What you can also do if you start early enough in the year, you can write the four stories, each of them starting with one of the four lines that they give you for the year. Ah, so this was so the fall. Of course, this deadline has passed. Let's take a look at the next one. This is their winter deadline. If you are Ah, looking at this class before November 1st 2018 you can still write that story. And if you're looking at the later. Go ahead in the click on submissions and see what the current of first line is. Ah, they don't pay as much as the two previous markets were discussed. It's from 20 to $50 I believe, for fiction, but still, it's a fun the fun way to get into writing and to get published. If you want to read some of their sample issues. Each sample issue is a $2.50. You can get a PdF and then the again they can get an idea of what kind of stories they want . They're pretty open in terms of length. I think they're guidelines from 300 to 5000 words, but these air loose guidelines and they accept any kind of stories. I think the others, like SciFi and speckle defection. But they publish other stories is while there plenty of mainstream stories in that magazine as well. A very fun market. So definitely check it out and and try it 6. Market #5: the next market I'd like us to talk about is called Flash Fiction online, and this is a great market and the wonderful website. I like this website because it has a lot of examples, a lot of specific guidelines, and by the way, there guidelines are very specific, and the editors are a little bit picky about what kind of stories and in what format they prefer. But I'm not saying this in a negative way. I'm just saying that pay attention to their guidelines. For example, they like times new Roman. So it's not gonna hurt your creativity if you put your story in times. New Roman font of the length of the story they want is between 500 1000 words, and they pay $60 per story when they publish it. What kind of story you might want to ask. While almost any kind of story, they have different categories. They have humor stories, literary fiction, mainstream fiction, a western and the They have a miscellaneous category of where if your story doesn't fit or you don't think they fit into one of these categories, then you can submit rece miscellaneous category. They also have a list of things they don't want toe to see. And that includes, Ah, I think, over racism and sexism, overt violence, things like that they have. Ah, President did list about that as well. When you go to look at the submission guidelines, make sure you also look at past issues, and the website is very well organized and variable categories so you can read sample stories from the Shanor that you're interested in and see how you can write your story to maximize your chances off. Submission on the earlier talked about what not to submit. They don't like stories in the second person point of view, and most people don't write in the second point of view anyway. But if you do, then this is not a good market for you. All right, so a great little market for all kinds of different genres and different stories definitely check out the website and try your luck with them. 7. Market #6: the next market is the Sun magazine. This is a definitely literary fiction, and you can take a look at the other issues. What I like about this magazine and their website is that they give us a lot off samples stories to look at. And by the way, if you write nonfiction of, they accept not fiction as well. They tend to like personal stories and personal writing, and they also like writing on the controversial political and cultural issues. So again, lots of samples there that you can read for a short story. They pay from 300 to $2000 the in terms of length of stories, they don't have any minimum length, and the they say that they're rarely publish stories over 7000 words. So I guess that's a hint that we shouldn't be writing more than 7000 words and that this link you could, ah, submit your stories. But again, I suggest that you do look at some of their sample stories, and that's very easy to do. They're right there on their website, and as you read them, you're going to see that they definitely want a literary fiction. More philosophical, more provocative typewriting. All right again, the very nice market to submit Teoh. And definitely, if you're interested in literary fiction and political, cultural and personal experiences, then that's a good the market for you to try out. 8. Market #7: market number seven is a daily science fiction. Science fiction is very loosely defined for this magazine. It's almost any kind of speculative fiction, and that includes a fractured fairy tale stories about wizards and other things like that. They all their stories are on the website, so you can look at the different kinds of stories and see if you're interested in writing something like that. They prefer flash fiction. They say that the top limit for stories 1500 words. But they say they prefer shorter stories, and I think 100 is their low limit. So the shorter the better. For four of this magazine, there's, ah, extensive archive of stories, so you can definitely look at what kind of stories they have published in the past. Here is the link where you could submit and again read their guidelines before you do. Ah, the payment is not so great. It's eight sense of word, but still, if you would like to try out and the sea of your story gets published, that's definitely worth while market to explore and again, as I said, they do prefer very short stories 9. Market #8: market Number eight is Fantasy and science fiction magazine. This magazine has been in existence since 1949 and the Stephen King was published in one of its earlier issues. Right now, they're looking mostly for science fiction. They say they get a lot of fantasy, but not enough science fiction and not enough humor. They could look at the index and definitely get a sample copy. You can order a sample issue for $7 that'll give you a good idea again of what kind of stories they like to publish. The minimum there's the minimal length, but there's a maximum length. It published stories no longer than 25,000 words. So we're getting in tow, develop territory here they pay from 7 to 12 cents per ward. Um, and I guess it depends on the of what the editors decide. They like character oriented stories and, as I said, the like of humor. The submission guidelines air here, and they do have quite the specific islands off how the submit of the manuscript and how the form of the manuscript. So make sure to follow these guidelines before you submit again a very good market and definitely an established market, and especially if you write science fiction, then probably this market is a good fit for you. 10. Market #9: market number nine is fire, said magazine. This magazine accept any John or any any kind of story. They do seem to have a preference for literary fiction, but they also like stories that have a clear character arc and clear story arc. The beginning, middle and end has to be a pretty well defined for them to accept your story. Like some of the other publications, they prefer shorter stories and flash fiction. But they do accept stories up to 4000 words on their website. They say that their budget allows them to pay for 7000 words a month, so they do prefer to buy a bunch of stories that are shorter. So that's a good hint for you to keep in mind as you write your story. They paid 12.5 cents per word for stories that get accepted, so that's a pretty good. This first light shows you the link to the website for the magazine, and this website has a lot of examples off stories and flash fiction that they have published. So do read a bunch of them before you submit, and this slide has a link for submissions and again it has specific guidelines, even in terms of the font you have to use to submit their editors blind so they can only take stories in a specific font. So make sure to follow those guidelines again, a very interesting market in the good market for flash fiction. So go ahead and try it if that's what you're interested in. 11. Market #10: less, but not least Market Number 10 is Clark's World magazine. It was established in 2006 and it publishes science fiction and fantasy. It has multiple of words. It won three Hugo words. A World Fantasy Awards, the British fantasy world in the number off others. It publishes stories between 1000 and 16,000 words, and it seems like some of the other markets we have discussed they prefer shorter stories in their payment guidelines. They say that they pay 10 cents for the 1st 4 per award for the 1st 5000 words and then eight cents for anything reward for anything over 5000 words. Right? Eso That's the information about the magazine on this link, and you can read a bunch of stories and a bunch of samples to get an idea of the kinds of stories they want to publish. When you go to their submissions guidelines, that's right here. They don't tell you too much about what they want. They're just saying it should be well written and it should be convenient to read on screen , which means that don't do anything fancy with with your format and also don't do Ah paragraphs that are too long that shorter paragraphs are easier to read online. But they do have a very extensive list off the kinds of stories, characters and plots that they do not want on submissions on this page. Some definitely make sure in the read these guidelines again. If you like science fiction. If you like to read science fiction fantasy and if you like to write it, then definitely this is a very good market to try out. 12. Conclusion: in this class, we have discussed different markets where you can submit your short stories. And, of course, no class on submitting to specific markets can be complete without a few words on rejection . When you start sending your stories out, remember that you will get rejection letters. And don't let that discourage you. All writers get rejection letters just They'll look at the JK Rolling story How many times that she gets rejected before her Harry Potter series got published. And this is just one example. Every writer has the stories like that, so don't get discouraged. And I found a couple of quotes that I think will help you keep things in perspective when some of your stories get rejected. Here's one from James Lee Burke. Every rejection is incremental payment of your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work. So what is he saying to me? It means that every rejection still helps you develop as a writer, and as you develop as a writer, you're going to eventually get accepted. Your stories will get accepted. And another quote. Barbara Barbara Kingsolver, This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package . Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it to the editor who can appreciate my work, and it has simply come back stamped. Not at this address. Just keep looking for the right address. So to me, what she's saying is when somebody rejects your work, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's not good enough. It just means it's not the right match for this current issue for this current publication . Keep trying. Keep writing and keep submitting. You will improve your writing skills. You will improve your craft, and you will improve your chances at finding the right match for your work. Thank you for watching this class and best of luck to you.