Making Money From Writing, Part 1: Short Story Markets

People write for all sorts of reasons, but today we are going to talk about how to make money out of your stories. Whether you write short stories or novels, or anything in between, there are a number of different markets out there. If you are aiming to make a living from your stories, or at least supplement your income, you should be aware of all of them.

The Short Story Is Dead! Long Live The Short Story!

The short story as a form has been ‘dying’ for at least as long as the publishing industry has.  An article can’t mention it without saying it is “moribund” or in “rude health”.  People either devour them, or ignore them.  But what is it about the humble short that divides opinion so? Short stories have had a huge impact on popular culture.  Some of the greatest writers, such as Edgar Allen Poe, practiced the form exclusively.  Others, including Anton Chekhov, Luis Borges, Stephen King, Franz Kafka, William Trevor and Kurt Vonnegut count their shorter pieces as some of their finest work.