Short stories do not have a market, that is what the publishing world tells you. One Story tells you a different story.
I found out about One Story while trawling the net, and must say it is quite a gem. This literary magazine publishes one story by a particular author, and never publishes the same author again—because they want to cover as many new voices in the short story genre as possible. Here’s what they say about themselves:
One Story is a non-profit literary magazine that features one great short story mailed to subscribers every three weeks. Our mission is to save the short story by publishing in a friendly format that allows readers to experience each story as a stand-alone work of art and a simple form of entertainment. One Story is designed to fit into your purse or pocket, and into your life.
Because we like a challenge we will publish each writer one time only. This prevents us from relying on a stable of writers and helps us find new and exciting voices. Between September and June, all writers can submit their work.
Since launching in 2002 we have grown to have over 5000 subscribers. Many of the stories we have published have won awards, and many One Story writers have gone on to publish their first (or third, or tenth) books. But what keeps us going is the community we have created. Please join us: subscribe, come to an event, or chat on our blog.
If you look at the numbers from publishing companies, it’s nearly always true: short story collections sell less than novels. But that doesn’t mean that people don’t read short stories, because that number doesn’t take into account individual short stories published in magazines and online and being read in schools. In just a few years we’ve grown to 7,000 subscribers at One Story, and I think that shows people are eager for short fiction. I also believe, with the advancement of technology, short stories will get an even bigger jump, once people begin to read on their cell phones and other portable devices.
So there is hope for the short story after all. This looks like a good place to submit your work, so I’d encourage all avid short story writers to try their luck here!
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