You’ve written some great short stories (and perhaps a few not-so-great stories that you’ve tossed aside), but now you’re stuck for ideas. Maybe you’ve tried writing prompts, writing exercises, and even a change of scenery, but your creative well is still dry. At...
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How To Best Shorten Your Short Story | Writer’s Relief
When reading short stories published in literary journals, you may notice some of these short stories are actually medium-length—and an occasional short story may be rather long. But with more people using mobile devices for all their reading, editors of literary...
Are Your Short Stories Short Enough For Today’s Readers And Editors? | Writer’s Relief
Technology has made it easier to read on the go, but it has also shortened our attention spans. With more people reading literary journals on mobile devices, most literary editors are leaning toward accepting short stories that are 3,500 words or under. If your short...
How To Pick Short Story And Poetry Writing Contests You Might Actually Win | Writer’s Relief
You’ve written short stories or poetry, and you may have taken the next brave step and submitted your work to literary journals. Maybe you’ve even had some of your writing published—congratulations! But when it comes to entering writing contests, many writers don’t...
8 Things Literary Magazine Editors Love To See In Short Stories Right Now in 2023 | Writer’s Relief
Updated March 2023 Wondering what kinds of short stories literary magazine editors are publishing right now? We have the answer! At Writer’s Relief, we track thousands of literary journals and hundreds of short story submissions every year, and we’re always keeping an...
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