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Category Archives: Short Stories

8 Signs Your Short Story Would Also Make A Great Novel | Writer’s Relief

You may have typed “The End” on your completed short story—but at Writer’s Relief, we know that sometimes the story is actually just beginning. After spinning your tale in 3,500 words or fewer, it’s time to proofread and edit. And as you reread your short story, you may find yourself thinking: Hmmmm…this might make a… Continue Reading

How To Submit Short Stories And Poems To Literary Journals | Writer’s Relief

Updated 8/26/19 You’ve written, rewritten, proofed, and polished your short story or poetry. Now comes the part that leaves many writers quaking in their boots—getting your work published. It’s time to submit your writing to literary journals! Initially, literary magazines favored the print format; so did writers. But these days, Writer’s Relief knows that savvy… Continue Reading

Go Long! 9 Tips For Publishing A Long Story, Poem, Or Essay In A Literary Magazine

In the last twenty years or so, we’ve noticed a trend: literary journal editors are leaning toward shorter submissions of poems, stories, and essays. And we would know—at Writer’s Relief, we’ve been closely monitoring the lit mag market since 1994 to ensure that our clients have the best opportunities for getting published. But just because lit mag trends… Continue Reading

5 Elements That Will Muck Up The Chances Of Publishing Your Short Story

Updated 6/1/19 Editors at literary journals spend countless (and often thankless!) hours reading through hundreds of short story submissions from writers who hope to get published. But at Writer’s Relief, we know that many of these stories get tossed into the “thanks, but no thanks” pile relatively quickly. Why? Certain short story deal-breakers pop up… Continue Reading

Lit Mag Spotlight: Beloit Fiction Journal

Here’s a holiday treat for you! December’s Lit Mag spotlight is shining on Beloit Fiction Journal. Affiliated with Beloit College, the journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Find out what makes Beloit Fiction Journal special and what YOU can do to be published in this magazine. Give us the lowdown on your journal’s… Continue Reading



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