Publishing Short Stories
December 19, 2012Posted by on
Not easy, not easy at all. And you know what? It’s not even the quality of the story that matters most.
This is honestly the most frustrating thing in my life. Not university, not studies, not obsessing about grades, scholarships and gaining actual experience. As you all know, my goal is to develop enough to actually be able to call myself a writer. For now, I’m in training – practicing points of views, getting inside the character, developing plots (which is my weakness really, I tend to focus on the people rather than the outer conflict), experimenting with genres. I still don’t know whether I’m most comfortable in scifi, fantasy or literary fiction.
The fact that I managed to publish a flash fiction is a huge encouragement. And it is much easier. Flash fictions are on the rise and since they publish new material daily, the acceptance rate is high. Magazines, however, publish just a handful of stories once a month or even more rarely. The story must truly stand out.
Another problem I stumbled upon is the market itself. Where in the world could I publish something that doesn’t completely fit in any genre? For example, Johnny-boy and I (I polished it up a bit more) might actually have a chance – it show how a person changes, the character’s struggle, the inner conflict (do you think it has a chance? be honest now). But where could I publish a story without any quote marks because it shows nothing but the character’s thoughts? Thoughts don’t have quote marks. Maybe I can’t pull this off just yet, but still a story about a bank robber in love and her partner’s decent into greed?
I have found some crime magazines, but again it doesn’t fit in their kind of stories.
Where does that fit in? Do you have any advice? Do you know of any magazines that publish stories that are neither here nor there, stories that are set in the real world, but…different?