FWTS Episode 4 – The Short Story

This month, Richie and I have a real treat for short form writers. This is going to be another long episode, a deep dive, maybe the deepest dive, into a topic that is near and dear to both of us. That, of course, is the short story.

In this episode, we distill our shared years of experience and knowledge about the short form into one hour of essentials. We’ve tried to hit all of the basics you’ll need to know in order to get published, from defining the form to narrative structure to formatting. And I should note, I was not taught any of this critical information in college. I had to learn it the hard way, on the proverbial streets of publishing. This episode should provide a head-start from where I started submitting short stories some 4 years ago.

For those who don’t know me well, I’ve been writing “professionally” since the end of 2016. I’ve externally published over 45 short fiction pieces–not including my flash fiction serial with Altered Reality–in a range of paying and non-paying venues. I’ve earned 5 honorable mentions (top single-digit percentage) in the Writers of the Future Contest. Most recently (and unreported by me at this point), I had a story accepted for a major anthology with Transmundane Press. I put “professional” in quotes because I haven’t yet sold a story in a “pro magazine,” which is not defined as paying 8c/word. These are things like Asimov’s and Lightspeed. I feel like I’ve developed a good amount of experience to share, and I hope you will tune in.

At the end of the episode, you’ll hear me put out a call for submissions for short fiction and fan fiction related to our “Of Metal and Magic” fantasy universe. We are working on plans for a big summer push, part of which will be a website for our StoryVerse where we can post small pieces (~1500 words or less). This would be a great chance to get your feet wet with short story publishing. I suggest you read over our recent anthology to get an idea for what our world is about: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947655515/

If you’d like to write a story for us, reach to me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/jmwwriting , or by email at: JMWilliams(at)fictionvortex.com .

At least in the beginning, I will be more inclined to work closely with authors to edit and refine their work. So, if you’d like the chance to get some one-on-one mentorship from me, reach out.

As always, I hope you enjoy the podcast. Please leave your questions and comments on the YouTube page, if you can, in order to facilitate a broader discussion.

~JM

4 thoughts on “FWTS Episode 4 – The Short Story

      1. I mostly stick to short stories and bad jokes these days. I’m finding anything over 500 words doesn’t get a lot of readership online. I used to write 5k-10k stories, post them on the blog and immediately put them in ebook format for distribution via Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. The ebook versions would get a few hundred copies downloaded. I certainly want to spend more time with creating longer stories, but these days I get half an hour a night to write then read other bloggers and fall asleep. #writerlife

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