How To Get Your Short Stories Published

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If you are an upstart writer, you have probably come to realize that it is really beneficial to have some writing credits under your belt. After all, when it comes time to approach agents and publishers, you will look a lot more impressive if you have published stories in well-known publications! But it can be difficult to know how to get started; perhaps you have the stories written already, but the question is, what is the next step?

Actually, there is no magic to the process; for most magazines, you simply send the story in – but only after you know what you are doing! You can usually find a magazine’s submission guidelines, which they make accessible for anyone wanting to publish a story with them. Before you do anything, you need to make sure you know the guidelines, as they will toss your story aside without even reading it if you don’t do this!

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You should also take the time to know what a publication publishes; if you have never read them before, pick up a couple copies. As you thumb through the publication you are thinking of submitting to, make sure they will want your story in there – and also, make sure you will want your story in there! The last thing you want is a publishing credit to your name that makes you look bad instead of making you look good.

Before you send your story (according to the submission guidelines, of course!), the last thing you want to do is wait. Let the story sit for about a week – don’t even look at it – and then come back to it and make sure there is nothing else that you would like to change in it. There is nothing worse than realizing right after you press the “Send” button that you sent the story out too early.


In the end, it is all about the writing, of course; this means that you do not have to have previous stories published in order to impress or catch the attention of agents and publishers. But if you can land a short story or two in a well-known publication, it will sure make your future path a whole lot easier!

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