Market for short stories?

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    FreddieR
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    Does anyone know what’s the best way to get short stories published. It seems there’s no market place for them. I have written a collection of stories for children – aged about eight or nine – and all publishers seem to want is a first-chapter novel plus synopsis. I always felt the best way to get children interested in reading is with shorter stories that hold their attention but, hey, what do I know?

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    Dave
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    Hi Freddie, I wonder if you’ve tried magazines? There are a few out there that specialise in children’s short fiction. I take it that you are not offering a picture book story. I found this one. Don’t know if any other Anansi posters have used it. Maybe worth a try.

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    JimTK
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    One that I like is Scribble. It’s a quarterly UK magazine that offers short-story writers lots of opportunities to contribute. I think they pay between £75 and £25 based on the prominence of the story. Where it stands out is that they give rejected work some feedback. It’s so frustrating not knowing why your work has not been accepted – is it something fundamentally wrong with the way you’ve written it or is it just not the right market?

    I think it’s well-worth the subscription of £17 a year. For that you get critiques and free entry into their competitions as well as the mag.
    Here’s the link:
    https://www.parkpublications.co.uk/scribble.html

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