Written by Ella Peary January 6th, 2022

Short Story: Now Seeking Submissions

Short Story is an online magazine based on Substack that hopes to provide amazing short stories to subscribers, and to pay authors well. They only publish one story a month, but the published author receives $100 plus 50% of the subscription revenue. Depending on the number of subscribers, this could provide excellent payment. According to the editor: “The New Yorker pays roughly $7,500 per story, and I sincerely hope to go way past that.” However it is clear that the current revenue is considerably less than that.

Short Story is only available to read through a paid monthly subscription. The idea is that subscribers support the authors published in Short Story and help to keep the craft of story writing alive.

Authors of short stories may submit fiction of almost any length (6 to 10,000 words). They accept short stories in any genre. They also accept reprints.

Short Story accepts submissions year-round. They collect submissions throughout each month, and then announce the month’s chosen story on the 15th of the following month. Each month is like a short story competition with one winner chosen each time.

Short Story accepts submissions via email, not through an online submission manager or by post. They only accept submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you’d like to learn more or submit to Short Story, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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