Literary Liaisons

A blog about writing and all things story…

10 Rules for Submitting Short Stories

If you’re a fiction writer with a desire to be published, then you should be submitting short stories to magazines. I’m guilty of NOT doing this enough myself, so this year I plan to do more. Hell, I’vegot  a drawer full of shorts anyway, so I don’t know what my problem is (lazy) but let’s focus on yours, shall we. There’s a good article in this month’ Writer’s Digest about the ‘rules’ for submitting, Click here to READ the full article. Excerpt –

Submitting Short Stories
Getting your short story published in a reputable literary journal or magazine is a great way to get noticed as a fiction writer. It can:
·         Help you build your author platform as a fiction writer
·         Provide opportunities to get paid for short stories
·         Provide opportunities to win awards or cash prizes through short story contests

Sounds great, doesn’t it? But competition for publication in these markets is stiff, so it’s important to remember a few best practices to improve your chances.
Before Submitting to LiteraryJournals…

 So, if you think you don’t have anything to write about, then just go outside, take a walk and see what you will see. For me I found an old red barn with the Dr. Loveless image on the side and figured ‘hey! there’s a story there’.

One comment on “10 Rules for Submitting Short Stories

  1. Stephen Hayes
    February 1, 2012

    C'mon Mindy, post the story. I could use a good tonic.

Comments are closed.


This entry was posted on February 1, 2012 by in 10 rules for submitting short stories.
Gloria Kempton

Author, Editor, Speaker, Storytelling Coach, Writing Instructor, and Director of The Outlaw's Journey Prison Writing Project

The 2020 Seattle Writing Workshop

Get Your Writing Published: April 25, 2020

Create Some Buzz


WILDsound Festival

Weekly Film Festival in Toronto & Los Angeles. Weekly screenplay & story readings performed by professional actors.

Rosie Amber

Book Reviewer, Avid Reader and Bookworm. Campaigning to link more readers to writers. People do not forget books that touch them or excite them—they recommend them.

Ellen T. McKnight

~ connecting through story ~

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.


Nigeria's #1 Digital Marketing Blog

Eric Schlehlein, Author

(re)Living History, with occasional attempts at humor and the rare pot-luck subject. Sorry, it's BYOB. All I have is Hamm's.

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.” - Albert Einstein


The 24 hour Writing Hotspot and Hang Out

Elan Mudrow


David Gaughran

Marketing With A Story

Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

%d bloggers like this: