Sad to say…
another woman’s magazine, which publishes short stories, closes its doors to unsolicited submissions. Fewer opportunities of publication for writers of this genre as a result.
I was sorry to receive a letter this week, accompanying a returned short story manuscript I had submitted to Take A Break Fiction Feast, stating that from now onwards, they – Bauer Media, would only be commissioning stories from ‘a preferred list of fiction writers’. It’s a good few years since I had a story published by the magazine – so, sadly, I do not have a track record with them at the moment.
Look on the bright side. Another day dawns – new opportunites.
I have recently discovered Christopher Fielden’s Short Story/Flash Fiction Challenges, which are a wonderful way of cutting your teeth, sharpening your talons – whatever metaphor suits your skill level of short story writing. You get an automatic readership as entries are published immediately online and may be published in an anthology at a later date. It’s also a good showcase for any writer – seeing your name in print. Some very good stuff on the website with interesting styles and subjects.
This evening I polished off a 175 word story for Allen’s Sensory Overload Writing Challenge – from an idea I already had.
If you’re interested, have a look at Story 109 at http://www.christopherfielden.com
I am just starting a story for the 81 words Challenge. How to condense your thoughts into a mini drama in so few words really is a challenge to any writer. More like writing poetry than prose. That will take a bit longer to write but it’s very good for practising your editing skills. Ever word counts. Nothing superfluous. Not a word more or a word less in this one.
Why not join the online community – so easy to submit, and lots to read for free.