Anyone know a good place to get short stories published?

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  1. grumpycroc

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    Any literature magazines someone might recommend sending short fantasy stories too?
     
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    There are a few out there, if you look on Amazon Kindle store there are a good few. Do some research though, you ideally want to send your work to a good publication with a good history and standard.

    I'd recommend https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/ though. It's got a strong long history and is well known. A great place to get exposure if you can get your work in .


    I've not read it but there is also http://clarkesworldmagazine.com

    Both are up on Amazon Kindle if you want to read samples, or there are hard copies.
     
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    These are a good magazines. I will send something to one of them for sure, but are there any that deal strictly with fantasy?
     
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    i would check in with SJ
     
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    Grumpy the first is a very strong magazine - check their website as things like Dark Tower started off there. I think that since fantasy and sci-fi can be so close together as genres (technically the Pern series is a sci-fi even though the majority of it reads and plays out like a fantasy) its easier to do both rather than try and be die-hard one or the other and risk getting caught out. (I mean heck what does steam punk class as - its fantasy era most of the time, but the technology is often very sci-fi style).
     
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    Fair enough. I will let every one know how it goes...when and if I actually get a response.
     
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    Good luck.

    You might also find that socialising on GoodReads helps as well. They do a fair few "good read author spotlights" and whilst its not formal publication if you market yourself well you could build up toward things like a free weekend release (ergo free book for a weekend or free book etc...) promotion of short stories you've made.

    Has to be done well, you can't just jump in and throw out free stuff (free stuff is typically worthless on its own).
     
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    Hmmm....

    Goodreads has tons of opportunities to get involved in all kinds of author-related events, e-zine submissions, blog tours, promotions etc. You can also post your work on your personal profile if you like, start clubs/forums of your own etc. It's a good site, but beware! The forums there can be downright hostile. I've not been trolled there personally, but I've witnessed some epic fights and trolling at GR, one incident so bad that I could hardly believe people could be that awful to each other. Having said that, I know that crap can happen anywhere on the net. It just seems to happen a LOT over there compared to other online communities for some reason. :p

    Some additional suggestions for you:

    http://www.writersofthefuture.com/
    http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writing-competitions (Writers from the writer's group I belong to sometimes enter these.)

    Also, have you considered joining Wattpad (if you haven't already)? https://www.wattpad.com/signup/ There are writers over there who have been published traditionally because they have attracted so many fans. "The Pub" group over there also runs great short story contests in all kinds of different genres, including fantasy. Those contests are fun, really help to improve your writing and will get you noticed if you do well in them. Wattpad is a community of really nice folks for the most part. :)

    Also consider submitting stories to newspaper contests. Some of the bigger papers will run short story contests occasionally. An example: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2014/05/10/short_story_contest_winner_2014_living_fossils.html

    Good Luck! :)
     
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    Well the science fiction and fantasy magazine rejected my story. Lets see if Clark's magazine will take it. In the mean time I will write another.
     
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    Ahh a shame, but you've got the right attitude - keep writing and working on it and keep submitting