… and where you can sell them
Readers have shorter attention spans these days and consume the written word in radically different ways: With smart phones, tablets and net books, people may be once more gravitating towards shorter pieces.
With all the distractions from other, flashier forms of entertainment it can be a struggle to set aside an hour or two and a find a quiet spot to read a book. Short stories can be read in 20 minutes- while enjoying lunch break, riding the bus or standing in a queue.
Markets for Short Stories
Authors who are aiming to make a living from their short stories or supplement their income have to find markets at magazines, on Duetrope.com * or offer their books to Amazon for inclusion into “Kindle Shorts”. Stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words are most market-able, however there is demand for all lengths.
* Duetrope is an award-winning, free writers’ resource listing over 4150 current Fiction and Poetry publications, updated almost daily. Author Services offered by Duetrope:
- Market Search
Matchmaker! Search for the perfect publisher for your fiction and poetry, based on a number of criteria.
- List of All Writer Markets/Search By Title
Who’s who? Browse the list of all markets we have listed, or search for a specific publication by its name.
- Editor Interviews
What do they think? Want more insight into the editors’ preferences? Read our interviews.
- Theme & Deadline Calendar
When is it due? A calendar of upcoming fee-free contest deadlines. Also fodder for brainstorming ideas.
- Response Statistics
The good, the bad, the ugly, and more. Who’s fastest to respond? Who’s slowest? Who has a high acceptance ratio? Who doesn’t?
Duetrope has been honored as one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers for the last six years. And Preditors & Editors selected them for their “Truly Useful Site Award” in February 2010.