5 great places to submit your short stories

We’ve done flash fiction, we’ve done poetry, and now it’s your turn, short story writers! Here are five great places to submit. All the entries on our list are friendly to emerging writers, have no required fees and are open to simultaneous submissions. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  1. The Lascaux Review provides a showcase for emerging and established writers. Lascaux (rhymes with “Bordeaux”) seeks short stories (and poems) that are ‘comprehensible and that appeal to a broad audience’. Why we love them: they pay $100 per published story (or poem/poetry group); they nominate work for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and others; and they sponsor annual contests in poetry, fiction & flash fiction.
  2. The Fiction Pool is a UK-based journal and relative newcomer to the lit mag scene, but they’ve already established a good reputation for their timely responses and attractive, high-quality, online publication. They’re looking for bold and daring short stories (and poetry and flash fiction). They aim to respond within four weeks.
  3. Literally Stories pride themselves on their international scope. They accept stories between 500 and 3000 words (so, flash fiction writers, this is for you too). Why we’re a fan: they often provide feedback if a story is a near miss and the proceeds from their anthology go to the Book Bus, a nonprofit with the aim of improving child literacy rates in Africa, Asia and South America.
  4. Structo is another UK-based journal but with an Amsterdam-based editor (Euan Monaghan whom you may remember from the NL launch of the excellent Freeman’s). They accept short stories of up to approximately 3,000 words and are interested in both original stories and new translations of non-English language texts (and poetry).
  5. Eunoia Review accepts fiction and poetry (including reprints if you have the rights to your work) and they aim to respond to all submissions within 24 hours! Another distinguishing feature: their generous word count. You can submit up to 15,000 words as one single long story or several shorts.
10 August 2017

2 responses on "5 great places to submit your short stories"

  1. Phenomenally useful post! If you’re intending to update it at any point, I’d love to put forward Ash Tales for inclusion.

    Based in the UK, we publish original post apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, exploring the end of the world in short ~2,000 word stories and 20-minute narrated podcast episodes. Ash Tales accepts submissions year-round, and there’s no cost for submission 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

    • Thanks, Ryan. We’ll definitely be checking out Ash Tales and cool that there’s an audio component (very War of the Worlds). Clearly we need to do a post on great places to submit speculative fiction.

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