Where to Publish Your Short Stories Online – by Hannah Green
With the rise of technology and an increase in e-zine publications, submitting your short stories online is a great way to gain publicity and confidence as a writer.
Don’t send your work to just any e-zine; make sure that it is respected and recognized. The hard work, sweat and tears that go into your writing should be rewarded with good exposure. Here are some of the better e-zines, webzines and online publications available on the web, as well as some tips on how to find the right one for you.
A journal of short stories, is a new quarterly publication that accepts fiction by established, emerging and new authors. They accept submissions online and offer a ‘minimum honorarium’ of $25 for short fiction between 1500 and 7500 words.
An online literary magazine that publishes new and established writers. They also accept poetry and artwork. Failbetter.com is said to be a leader in online literary magazines as they publish fiction that has personal and original content. They want fiction that bares your stamp of individuality.
Failbetter.com accepts submissions online and through the post. They unfortunately do not pay if your work has been accepted for publication.
Don’t let the name fool you. Toasted Cheese has been named one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers four times by the Writer’s Digest. Toasted Cheese is both a literary journal and a community for writers, they offer good advice and a series of writing competitions that are free to enter. The editors focus on quality when reading submissions so remember to groom your work before you submit!
A webzine of fiction, poetry, art and non-fiction. They were established in 1997 and maintain a reputation as one of the most visited English literary webzines. Big Bridge is named after its driving principle of building “bridges” between artistic communities so they come together to create new ideas.
Big Bridge only accepts online submissions.
There are two sites that I recommend for finding short story competitions, as well as electronic and print publications: Duotropes Digest (www.duotrope.com) and Every Writers Resource (www.everywritersresource.com). Both have a comprehensive list of sites where you can submit your work. Various fields are available (such as genre, pay scale, submissions formats, etc.) in order to find the right publication for your work.
Remember to read past publications and fiction on the website before you submit. What types of fiction do they publish? Who is their target audience? Does your short story fit their taste for fiction? Take a look at their information page and see who their editors are.
Quite a few of these sites will have a blog or forum, so take a look at these too! Researching a webzine before you submit your work will increase your chances of acceptance, so take the time to find out if their publication is right for you.
About the Author:
H R Green is a writer of short stories and has a passion for teaching creative writing. She recently won the 2011 SA Writers’ College Short Story Competition with her story “The Tokoloshe”. With a BA Degree in English Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand (2007) and an HonsBA Degree from the University of South Africa (2009) she is about to embark on her Masters Degree. She completed the Short Story Writing Course at the Writers’ College in 2010.
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