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More markets for your short stories!

August 13th, 2010

Thanks to Elizabeth for last week’s blog and her comments on the question ‘Where do you get ideas from?’  For many writers, getting the ideas isn’t a problem.  It’s where to sell those ideas once they’ve been crafted into fiction.

Recently, students have been complaining that the number of markets taking short stories is falling away.  If you’re struggling, have a look at The Short Story website .  They currently list 79 outlets for short stories (though, as usual, check that they pay before sending anything off to them). So you should be able to find a home there for some of your work.

And if you feel your stories need a bit of a polish before you expose them to the world’s scrutiny, you could do worse than read Iain Pattison’s book ‘Cracking the Short Story Market’. It’s a thorough, but light-hearted, look at writing short stories from a master of the craft.  He’s our annual short story competition judge and, as you can see from his website, he’s got an impressive list of competition wins to his credit.

Finally Writers Bureau student, Spanner Spencer, is gearing up to launch his own magazine.  Spectra Magazine is a monthly digital-only science fiction, fantasy and horror short fiction publication, available from a range of popular eBook stores, including the Apple App Store, WH Smiths and Amazon.

This is a paying market and guidelines for submission are available from Spectra’s website. So, have a look at it and see if you feel it might be suitable for your work.

And finally…I’m having my front windows replaced this week.  It wasn’t the hope of warmer rooms (we’re a hardy lot ‘up north’), or even saving energy, that has prompted this momentous step.  Just the fact that if we don’t make a move before next winter I suspect the old ones will simply crumble and fall out!

PS  Three weeks ago, I mentioned a competition that Writers Bureau is running on behalf of  Phaebus Media Group.  They’ve now extended the deadline to 7th September, so it gives you more time to enter.

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