So You Want To Submit A Story

First Thursday post of the new year and I’m gonna hop right in with a little bit of a look into the submissions process for short stories.

It’s different than it used to be. Used to be you had to print up copies of your stories and send them in to the very few publications that did their trade in short stories, which costs paper, ink, envelopes, return envelopes, stamps. It was a whole thing.

And some of the reputable magazines and journals out there still require snail mail submissions. I understand some of the reasons why they do it. Chief among them is that if the effort required to submit your story is greater than clicking a few buttons on a website and attaching a file, far fewer people will go to the trouble of actually submitting stories to you. If there’s a significant time and money investment, you automatically raise the caliber of the work that is submitted to you. Continue reading