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Murasaki_Ducky from Austin is reading Stardust January 30, 2014 - 8:55am

Hey-o!

I have a few short stories that I've written, edited, and polished that I have sitting on my laptop at home...doing absolutely nothing for me. Can anyone recommend a few sites that accept short story submissions? The very first website ever I submitted a short story to shut down a month later for maintenance and has yet to be reactivated (this was three years ago).

I've decided it's time I get my writing out there for others to read. I don't care if the site pays or not; if they do, that would be great, if not, that's fine. I just want to put my writing out in public and get some feedback, good or bad.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break January 30, 2014 - 9:26am

www.duotrope.com is the Mecca of short story markets.

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life January 30, 2014 - 11:29am

Submission Grinder is a free alternative to Duotrope (I myself am a Duotrope user, and I love it).

Just a word of advice, aim high! That is, aim to publish your stories in markets that you would love to see your work appear at; don't just give it away to whoever will take it. If you're looking for feedback from your published pieces, you'll find you may not get as much feedback from the free/mico markets. I could be wrong about that.

Also, the Storyville column by Richard Thomas is very much geared toward short story writing and is sure to have a ton of uselful stuff for selling your stories.

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Tim Johnson from Rockville, MD is reading Notes From a Necrophobe by T.C. Armstrong February 2, 2014 - 5:59pm

Check out this column by Richard Thomas.

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Murasaki_Ducky from Austin is reading Stardust February 3, 2014 - 9:00am

Thanks for pointers guys! Richard's article is a gold mine!

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Tim Johnson from Rockville, MD is reading Notes From a Necrophobe by T.C. Armstrong February 3, 2014 - 10:22am

It is, but definitely check out Duotrope.

Also, I'm an idiot. I don't know why I didn't see that Jeff already linked to Richard's column. I think I was like three cups of coffee deep and staring at a long night. That's my excuse anyway.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer February 3, 2014 - 1:33pm

The best thing about Duotrope is that it stays pretty up to date. Which is a really big deal with dealing with short story markets.