Find Out Why Short Stories are Coming Back

16 Feb

… 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.

Train Station

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 * 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.



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