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A Writer On Writing: Two American Short Story Markets

Sally Jenkins tells of two markets for short stories on the other side of the Big Pond.

The beauty of the internet is that it brings the world into our living-rooms. We can target markets across the globe without worrying about the cost of international postage and how to include a stamped addressed envelope for a reply.

Here are two American websites to which I’ve submitted work:

Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.com/LASR/index.htm specialises in romantic fiction. Their main function is to review full-length novels, however every Thursday they publish a short story. Stories must be between 1000 and 1500 words and contain a strong romantic element and a ‘happy ever after’ or at least ‘hopefully happy ever after’ ending. Payment is minimal ($5 plus a free 1 month advert if you have a book that you want to promote) but they include a short biography with each story in which you can include your website/blog. Full submission details are here. http://www.longandshortreviews.com/submissions.htm#Story I submitted a story originally written for the UK women’s magazine market. It had done the rounds here without success but I didn’t want to consign it indefinitely to my desk drawer. The story is available to read here http://longandshortarchives.blogspot.com/2009/07/time-to-move-on-by-sally-jenkins.html on the Long and Short Reviews site. By the way Long and Short Reviews has a sister site, Whipped Cream, that deals with erotic fiction – so don’t be shocked if you see that mentioned in the submission guidelines on the site!

The second market is a regular competition organised on the Readingwriters site http://www.readingwriters.com/contestcafe.htm . Each competition has a different theme and varying word count so you need to check the current requirements. I like these competitions because they are free to enter but offer a $100 prize and the judging procedure allows you to see how near (or otherwise) you were to winning. The stories that got through the first round of judging are listed on the website, then a bit later those that got through the second round of judging and finally the winner’s name plus ‘honourable mentions’ are published. The winning story is posted on the site along with a critique by the judge.

So why not send your work across the pond and see if you can make it big in the US!

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