Following last week’s post on editing your short story, a few people asked me for suggestions on where to submit. I know that there are a lot of similar, more exhaustive lists already available; however, there’s no substitute for experience! So here are ten publications that either I, or writer friends of mine, have had good results with:
Mystery Weekly publishes stories with, you guessed it, a mystery at their heart. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a classic whodunnit though. Any story revolving around a secret is just fine. Stories should be a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 10,000. They pay 1 Canadian cent per word.
The Drabble is a WordPress site that publishes fiction and poetry of 100 words or less. There’s no payment, but your work will be seen by lots of people and they include a link to your website.
The Flash Fiction Press accepts short stories of between 250 to 1200 words. They aren’t fussy as to genre and usually respond within a week. They pay $3 per story.
Platform for Prose publishes short stories of 100 to 5000 words and poetry of up to 40 lines. They often respond very quickly, within a week. They don’t offer payment.
The Flash Fiction magazine publishes stories of 300 to 1000 words. They usually respond within a week. They do not pay for online publication, however you will receive $40 if your work is selected to go in their anthology.
Prole publishes accessible stories of up to 7,500 words, though you are more likely to get in with a shorter piece. They also accept poetry. Payment is based on 50% of their profits being shared out among their contributors.
Write Out accepts stories of over 2,500 words. They charge the public $1.99 per story with 10% of the profits going to your charity of choice. You should get a response within six to eight weeks.
Stoneslide publishes short stories of up to 7,500 words. They have various categories, so do check which one best fits your work. Accepted contributions receive a lifetime’s subscription.
Channillo is a more unusual concept. They accept both fiction and none fiction series. You don’t have to supply your piece, instead you pitch your idea to them. You should get a decision within a few days. If not, check your junk mail folder- that’s where I found mine! Channillo is a membership site where people will pay to follow your series. Payment is based on the number of subscribers you have. However, you won’t receive anything until this amount reaches $50 and it may take a while!
Spark accepts several different categories of writing, including poetry. Each has a different word count limit. They take quite a long time to respond, however they provide constructive feedback from a variety of readers. They pay 2 cents per word, or $20, whichever adds up to more.
Hopefully there’s something here for everyone! I’ve tried very hard to get all these details right for you, but I cannot absolutely guarantee that they are. Please check them yourself before submitting. All the best!