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How to Find a Home for Your Story - Submission Tips


So, you have finally finished your story but wait... what do you do with it now? The answer is simple: you need to submit it. However, finding somewhere to submit your story to isn’t an easy task.

To help you with your publishing quest, I have listed five ways to help you find the perfect homes for your stories.


  • Website databases – Websites like Duotrope and The Submission Grinder list thousands of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets. Duotrope is one of the main databases, but unlike The Submission Grinder, you have to pay a fee. 

  • Writing magazines and books - Writing Magazine and the Writers & Artists Yearbook are great resources for any writer. You can get useful tips and advice and a list of current magazines and publishers. And with the Writing Magazine, you can also explore submission calls and competitions. 

  • Story submission list websites – There are many websites out there that do the hard work for you. Websites such as The Horror Tree and Short Stops often list new story submission calls. And if you subscribe to their websites you can get the new submission calls delivered to your inbox.

  • Social Media – Most magazines, websites, and publishers now have social media pages, so it is ideal if you take advantage of the different social media platforms. However, you don’t need to join them all; Twitter and Facebook are generally enough. 

  • Internet searches – Via a search engine, such as Google, you can find many websites, magazines, and anthologies that are looking for short stories. Simply type in the genre and type of story (novel, flash fiction, short story) in your search box and you will find many places to submit your work to. 

  • So, there you have it – five places to help you find homes for your stories. Happy submitting!

    Written by Nicole Simms


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