10 Tips to10 Tips to
Help YouHelp You
PublishPublish
Your ShortYour Short
StoriesStories
A Presentation
Maybe you have a whole
folder full of short stories
Maybe you have a whole
folder full of short stories
But you just can’t seem to get
them published
Maybe you have a whole
folder full of short stories
But you just can’t seem to get
them published
To help you do just that...
1.1. Write aWrite a
good covergood cover
letter whenletter when
submittingsubmitting
your storyyour story
Your cover letter is the first
impression you make on the
editor
Your cover letter is the first
impression you make on the
editor
So make sure that you are
successfully selling yourself
a...
What to write:
•A short introduction
of yourself.
•A summary of your
publication history
•And then a single
paragraph on y...
2.2. Don’t justDon’t just
submitsubmit anyany
story tostory to anyany
publicationpublication
It is crucial that you research
and read the magazine or
journal you want to submit to
beforehand
It is crucial that you research
and read the magazine or
journal you want to submit to
beforehand
Make sure your story fit...
If you are too lazy to
do publication
research yourself,
you can subscribe to
Duotrope.com
“We have gathered millions
of p...
3.3. Look forLook for
onlineonline
magazines –magazines –
not just printnot just print
publicationspublications
In today’s digital world,
online magazines have
become just as well-
respected as print magazines
In today’s digital world,
online magazines have
become just as well-
respected as print magazines
What’s more: There are f...
You can also think
about starting to
write for blogs as a
way of building
your reputation
and experience a
bit
This is som...
4.4. Show yourShow your
stories tostories to
friends,friends,
colleagues,colleagues,
and peopleand people
whose opinionswh...
Sure, you might feel too shy
to let anyone read your story.
But in the end you want to
submit the best story you
possibly ...
Sure, you might feel too shy
to let anyone read your story.
But in the end you want to
submit the best story you
possibly ...
If you are still too
shy about your
work, join an online
writer’s community
like
www.writerscafe.org
Here you can post
you...
5.5. ConsiderConsider
enteringentering
writingwriting
competitionscompetitions
as wellas well
A great alternative to getting
your short story published in a
magazine is to win a short
story competition
A great alternative to getting
your short story published in a
magazine is to win a short
story competition
There are coun...
Here are some of
the biggest writing
competitions out
there:
•Commonwealth Short Story Prize
•Global Short Story Competiti...
6.6. BeBe
innovativeinnovative
andand
interestinginteresting
Maybe you are a good writer.
But every editor reads
thousands of well-written
short stories every month
Maybe you are a good writer.
But every editor reads
thousands of well-written
short stories every month
Write stories that...
Read your story
before submitting it
and ask yourself:
“Is this captivating
and interesting
enough to stand
out from other...
7.7. Read theRead the
submissionsubmission
guidelinesguidelines
and followand follow
them to thethem to the
letterletter
Editors throw out submissions
merely because they don’t
follow simple submission
guidelines or format
Editors throw out submissions
merely because they don’t
follow simple submission
guidelines or format
If you were too lazy...
If you can’t find a
specific
magazine’s
guidelines online,
simply send an
e-mail to the
magazine or
journal and ask for
it
8.8. MoneyMoney
comescomes
second!second!
Sure, you want to start
making money from your
writing, but it is more
important to get published
and start building a
rep...
Sure, you want to start
making money from your
writing, but it is more
important to get published
and start building a
rep...
“Yes, I’ve made a great deal
of dough from my fiction, but
I never set a single word
down on paper with the
thought of bei...
9.9. KeepKeep
working –working –
keep tryingkeep trying
If your story gets rejected, go
back and rewrite it, or write
something else – something
better
If your story gets rejected, go
back and rewrite it, or write
something else – something
better
It might take a while befo...
“A professional
writer is an amateur
who didn’t quit”
- Richard Bach
10.10. Don’tDon’t
ever fearever fear
rejectionrejection
Maybe you will only get 1 in
10 stories published – maybe
less. This is normal, so don’t
stress about it
Maybe you will only get 1 in
10 stories published – maybe
less. This is normal, so don’t
stress about it
Just keep submitt...
Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer's Stone
was rejected 12
times before J.K.
Rowling found a
company that
wanted to publish
her...
Bonus Tip:Bonus Tip:
If you wantIf you want
to learn howto learn how
to writeto write
better…better…
You can enrol for one of Skills
Academy’s Writing Courses
Learn how to craft better stories,
and develop new writing skills
You can enrol for one of Skills
Academy’s Writing Courses
Click on the button below to find
out more
You can enrol for one of Skills
Academy’s Writing Courses
Click on the button below to find
out more
OR talk to us on 0800...
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Do you want to see your short story get published? There is much more to it than just sending in submissions to magazines.

To help you see your writing in print (or online) Skills Academy have put together 10 of the BEST tips you will ever get to help you publish your short stories.

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10 Tips to Help You Publish Your Short Stories

  1. 10 Tips to10 Tips to Help YouHelp You PublishPublish Your ShortYour Short StoriesStories A Presentation
  2. Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories
  3. Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories But you just can’t seem to get them published
  4. Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories But you just can’t seem to get them published To help you do just that, we’ve put together 10 of the BEST TIPS you will ever get for publishing your short story…
  5. 1.1. Write aWrite a good covergood cover letter whenletter when submittingsubmitting your storyyour story
  6. Your cover letter is the first impression you make on the editor
  7. Your cover letter is the first impression you make on the editor So make sure that you are successfully selling yourself and your story
  8. What to write: •A short introduction of yourself. •A summary of your publication history •And then a single paragraph on your story (this should be a pitch, not a synopsis!)
  9. 2.2. Don’t justDon’t just submitsubmit anyany story tostory to anyany publicationpublication
  10. It is crucial that you research and read the magazine or journal you want to submit to beforehand
  11. It is crucial that you research and read the magazine or journal you want to submit to beforehand Make sure your story fits the tone, style, and genre of the publication – otherwise you won’t get published
  12. If you are too lazy to do publication research yourself, you can subscribe to Duotrope.com “We have gathered millions of points of data on the publications that we list. All this information is compiled into useful reports that help you make smart decisions” – Duotrope
  13. 3.3. Look forLook for onlineonline magazines –magazines – not just printnot just print publicationspublications
  14. In today’s digital world, online magazines have become just as well- respected as print magazines
  15. In today’s digital world, online magazines have become just as well- respected as print magazines What’s more: There are far more online magazines out there, and its easier to get published in them
  16. You can also think about starting to write for blogs as a way of building your reputation and experience a bit This is something you can mention in your cover letter
  17. 4.4. Show yourShow your stories tostories to friends,friends, colleagues,colleagues, and peopleand people whose opinionswhose opinions you trustyou trust
  18. Sure, you might feel too shy to let anyone read your story. But in the end you want to submit the best story you possibly can
  19. Sure, you might feel too shy to let anyone read your story. But in the end you want to submit the best story you possibly can So get over yourself and let people read and critique what you wrote!
  20. If you are still too shy about your work, join an online writer’s community like www.writerscafe.org Here you can post your work and get reviews and advice from thousands of other writers
  21. 5.5. ConsiderConsider enteringentering writingwriting competitionscompetitions as wellas well
  22. A great alternative to getting your short story published in a magazine is to win a short story competition
  23. A great alternative to getting your short story published in a magazine is to win a short story competition There are countless competitions out there – just do a simple Google search to find them
  24. Here are some of the biggest writing competitions out there: •Commonwealth Short Story Prize •Global Short Story Competition •Bristol Short Story Competition •Tom Howard/John H. Reid Contest •Fiction Desk’s Ghost Story Competition •Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
  25. 6.6. BeBe innovativeinnovative andand interestinginteresting
  26. Maybe you are a good writer. But every editor reads thousands of well-written short stories every month
  27. Maybe you are a good writer. But every editor reads thousands of well-written short stories every month Write stories that are innovative, engaging and that will stay with the reader long after they’ve moved on
  28. Read your story before submitting it and ask yourself: “Is this captivating and interesting enough to stand out from other equally well-written stories?”
  29. 7.7. Read theRead the submissionsubmission guidelinesguidelines and followand follow them to thethem to the letterletter
  30. Editors throw out submissions merely because they don’t follow simple submission guidelines or format
  31. Editors throw out submissions merely because they don’t follow simple submission guidelines or format If you were too lazy to follow the guidelines –why should an editor waste time reading your story?
  32. If you can’t find a specific magazine’s guidelines online, simply send an e-mail to the magazine or journal and ask for it
  33. 8.8. MoneyMoney comescomes second!second!
  34. Sure, you want to start making money from your writing, but it is more important to get published and start building a reputation
  35. Sure, you want to start making money from your writing, but it is more important to get published and start building a reputation Money comes later. If you keep it up, it will come
  36. “Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it … I have written because it fulfilled me … I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing” - Stephen King
  37. 9.9. KeepKeep working –working – keep tryingkeep trying
  38. If your story gets rejected, go back and rewrite it, or write something else – something better
  39. If your story gets rejected, go back and rewrite it, or write something else – something better It might take a while before you perfect your style, but the only way to do it is to practice
  40. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit” - Richard Bach
  41. 10.10. Don’tDon’t ever fearever fear rejectionrejection
  42. Maybe you will only get 1 in 10 stories published – maybe less. This is normal, so don’t stress about it
  43. Maybe you will only get 1 in 10 stories published – maybe less. This is normal, so don’t stress about it Just keep submitting stories. Submit as much as you can!
  44. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was rejected 12 times before J.K. Rowling found a company that wanted to publish her book
  45. Bonus Tip:Bonus Tip: If you wantIf you want to learn howto learn how to writeto write better…better…
  46. You can enrol for one of Skills Academy’s Writing Courses Learn how to craft better stories, and develop new writing skills
  47. You can enrol for one of Skills Academy’s Writing Courses Click on the button below to find out more
  48. You can enrol for one of Skills Academy’s Writing Courses Click on the button below to find out more OR talk to us on 0800 040 040

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