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What do you think about this piece, and does anyone know of websites or magazines that publish flash fiction? Topic: How to write an amazing horror story
May 25, 2019 / By Jered
Question: I'm just writing this as a submission to a blog that publishes fan fiction, so it's pretty amateur, but I'd really appreciate some opinions. I apologize, as my writing style can get a bit repetitive sometimes. As for any publications or websites that publish flash fiction, please post their names or URLs in your answer. Any flash fiction competitions you might know of would be useful as well. Thanks in advance! ____________________________ The Wasteland A man dressed in old, tattered blue jeans and a combination of a few shirts and a jacket adjusts his goggles and pulls a miniature telescope out of his shirt pocket that, despite being a novelty that he picked up at a toy shop, has some practicality. He wipes the dirt off of the front lens with this sleeve and peers down the scope again, looking amongst the rubble of ruined houses. He finds some useful objects at first, such as a few cans of peaches, peas, and beans and a wooden baseball bat, but after closer inspection he finds something valuable: a plastic, red, rectangle-shaped jug with a spout protruding out of one end of the handle that is molded into the top part of the container, sitting in front of a short wall. On one side read “GASOLINE–5 GAL”. Amazed by the value that lies within his discovery, he quickly clasps his hands together, looks up at the dark, afternoon sky and mutters “Thank you.” Aware of the fact that there are likely other aggressive vagrants searching for valuables nearby, the man draws a handgun, half of it sparkling from the chrome finish and the other half dull with rust and dirt, from the inside of his green winter coat. He crouches and slowly walks near the pile of rubble and debris, twisting his head around to look for any other predators that may be watching him. Once he is near the plastic jug he quickly jerks his head behind him and to his sides, still searching for potential aggressors. Confident that he is safe, he conceals his handgun back into his coat pocket again and slowly reaches for his treasure. Upon grabbing his red cache of liquid wealth, he apprehensively scans his surroundings for assailants lurking around in the multitude of other piles of rubble, ash, wood, and concrete. He quickly lifts the canister back towards his chest and begins to pivot in the opposite direction. He hears a snap and a click. The treasure explodes, ripping off both of the man’s hands and blasting a hole in his chest, causing his to fall forward. From the short wall that the canister laid in front of, one man, wearing a balaclava, goggles, and a tactical vest half-filled with magazines of ammo. He approaches his victim in a short, crouched jog and flips him over onto his back and looks into his face that bears an expression of pain, horror, and chagrin. He pats down his sides and rifles through a few of his pockets, pulling out whatever remains inside. All around the injured man laid small individual piles of assorted tools, coins, weapons, and junk. The disguised man grabbed what he thought was valuable: the handgun, a small telescope, a few bullets, and a handful of coins. The man, stripped of his wealth, began to cry, knowing that he would die, left in the wasteland. RedStar--How good is the story itself, ignoring grammatical errors?
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Gershom Gershom | 4 days ago
Visit www.duotrope.com, which lists fiction markets. You can search by the word counts they accept, so you'll be able to find and extensive list of publications and websites which will consider flash fiction. You need to work on your penultimate paragraph. In both instances where you've used 'laid', it's wrong - you've used the verb 'to lay' (meaning when someone takes something and lays it - an egg, some cutlery on a table, whatever) when it should have been 'to lie' (when someone or something is lying down). So, it should be 'the canister LAY in front of' and 'around the injured man LAY small piles' - 'lay' being past tense of the verb 'to lie'. Also, the first sentence in that paragraph doesn't make sense. Re-read it carefully. It's a fragment (albeit a long one) and it doesn't make sense. "From the short wall that the canister laid in front of, one man, wearing a balaclava, goggles, and a tactical vest half-filled with magazines of ammo"... does what? Your last sentence is in the wrong tense. All in all, I think this really needs a lot of tightening up. The thing with flash fiction is that there is no room at all for clumsy sentence structures or awkward syntax - in a very short piece, every sentence has to be beautifully crafted, elegant and concise, and on that score, this needs work. It's a good start, and a nice idea, but it's more of a first draft that something polished. EDIT: "RedStar--How good is the story itself, ignoring grammatical errors?" To be honest... that barely matters in flash fic. This is more of a vignette than a story - so it's impossible to judge it on storyline because it really doesn't have one. It's just a little scene. That's not necessarily a problem, because it's flash fiction and a lot of flash fiction is essentially vignettes, so that's fine. But what it does mean is that the actual events in the story in flash fiction are almost always of secondary importance to the language in which you express them - it's the nature of the genre. Think of a poem - a poem doesn't have to have a plot or a storyline, but it MUST be beautifully written. The same applies to flash fiction. All that happened in the best piece of flash fiction of mine that was ever published was that a couple stood on a beach and looked at a dead porpoise caught up in a piece of sail. Nobody gave a damn about the 'story itself'; what mattered was the mood it conveyed and the way I used language and structure to do that. The same will apply to your piece - which is why you need to focus less on the story, which you've already accomplished, and more on the quality of the writing, which you haven't. It's not just grammar, it's the general elegance of the writing. In fact, your grammar in most sentences isn't incorrect at all - but it takes more than correct grammar to write an elegant sentence. It needs to flow, and the structures of the sentences need to contribute to the mood. At the moment, it doesn't do that. Like I said, it reads like an early draft, not a finished one, and as such, it's not ready for submission. If you want people to consider this for publication, they won't make allowances for you on that score - they will want to see something polished and well-written. Even if you had the most original flash fic idea in the world, it wouldn't get accepted unless the quality of your actual prose is absolutely spot-on.
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Gershom Originally Answered: I Need Good Websites/Magazines That Publish Writing?
Just about all magazines publish writing. Where do you think they get their articles? Most magazines that accept outside submissions will have a little squib somewhere that will give you contact info. Some magazines only accept submissions from certain people. For instance, my local Mensa newsletter only accepts submissions from members of Mensa, with great preference shown to local members. Never, ever pay to get an article printed.
Gershom Originally Answered: I Need Good Websites/Magazines That Publish Writing?
One way to find outlets for your writing is to go to the library to READ magazines, and then go online to check out their submission guidelines (That's your key word - find the "submission" button on the site,and it will tell you what they're accepting, and how to send it to them.) It's impossible to say "these people publish" because every magazine and site publishes a very limited variety. For instance, the site "Daily Science Fiction" publishes a science fiction story every day. But they only publish a certain type of story, the kind they like. Does that help at all? You also might check out writing sites like Ralan or Duotrope, which list many publishers, with links to their sites. Just understand that just because you wrote something is no sure sign that ANYONE will publish it. Not only does it have to be properly formatted, with perfect grammar and spelling (your phrase "it doesn't mater neither" worries me) but it has to be good, exciting, different and inspiring. And they have to LIKE it, which is a detail that messes up everyone, including often-published writers like myself. Good luck to you.
Gershom Originally Answered: I Need Good Websites/Magazines That Publish Writing?
So do we all. Do your own research! --the reason writers are published in such magazines is because they did the legwork to find who would publish their stuff. Please don't expect others to do your work for you. BTW-- a word of advice: don't tell prospective publishers your age. If your work is good, it's good to a universal standard. You'll not be receiving special attention because of your age-- unless your work looks like you are *only* 17 or 18, in which case it will be summarily rejected. Don't count on being paid either. At best you could be looking at 50 quid per entry. I say 'at best' --that means highly unlikely you will get that. (That's not meant as a derogatory statement about you personally-- it's only fact.) And magazine publication in magazines should NEVER be expected to become regular income. Web-based e-zines pay even less-- like, about, nothing, ever. Good luck-- now get to work! :) * * *

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Dolph Originally Answered: Why can't I find any literary magazines to publish my short stories?
Read the literary magazines and find out what genres they actually cater too. Only a dimwit would send in a story to Harper's about giant vampire bats surrounding a high school.
Dolph Originally Answered: Why can't I find any literary magazines to publish my short stories?
No one said publishing short-stories is easy. In fact, it's very hard. Most professional paying mags will published works by authors who are already published - ppl who have already made a name for themselves, and there's little space for those who are newbies trying to break in. The fact of the matter is that those big names and well known authors are the ones who sell the mags. Readers arent' buying the magazine because they like to read short-stories published by nobodies. They're reading the magazines to read stories published by their favorite authors and favorite short-story writers. Now, that's the truth of the matter. Dont' be discouraged. They still do publish newbie writers - but your work has to compete with those big names, as in, your work has to compete on a professional level, because professional paying mags don't publish subpar work. And, some of the bigger places that publish short-storeis - like THe Paris Review and The New Yorker - will publish very, very few new authors and it's highly competitive. another fact of the industry, is that you're not going to get any advice unless the editor thinks you're story is very close to being publishable. Or, perhaps, if your story is publishable but not for them then they might send you a note saying as much and ask that you submit your next story to them. Those are all good signs. But, unless you're a well-known author, you're not going to get any feedback. Most of the professional paying mags that I know of do send out rejections. And, i think its pretty common sense that you shouldn't send your short-story to magazines that dont' publish that genre. that's a given. They're not going to make an exception for your ultra-great story. It's a waste of time, and if you're pretty thin skinned, then those unnecessary rejections will begin to take it's toll on you. Keep this in mind as you write your short-stories. I've heard from many editors at mags who say that most short-stories get rejected becuase they're not original. The writing is passable, but the story itself is unoriginal. and, as someone who reads lots of short stories published in professional mags, I have to say that they are some of the most original stories I"ve read - more original than the stuff you'll find in novels. It helps if you actually read a few issues of the magazine in which you want to submit so you can get a feel for the type of stories they published. For example, you might have two mags taht publish fantasy, but one might only publish light fantasy and the other might publish only dark fantasy, and if youve written an dark fantasy then the mag that publishes only light fantasy will reject you. It's best to follow the submissions guidelines. Don't send a romance story to a magazine that only publishes sci-fi. It's a waste of time and they're not gonig to make an exception for your story, no matter how great it is. And, I'm going to say something that many authors don't even think about - make sure your writing is good enough to be published. It's possible you might need to keep honing your skill because you're just not ready for prime-time, yet. Don't take that personally, but really evaulate if your writing is up to the stanadards needed for a professional magazine. professional-paying mags are mags that pay .05 cents or more per word. These are the mags that industry professionals take a publishing credits. You can try writer's market for a list of mags. Or do a google search. It depends on what genre you write, and you're asking where to find mags, but you don't even give us the genre in which you write. A place like the Paris Review doesn't publish genre fiction. The New Yorker rarely publishes sci-fi and fantasy. It's obvious that you're reading the submissions guidelines and ignoring them, because you admit that you've been rejected because the mag doesn't publish your genre. Submission guidelines are there for a reason. Follow them. Improve your chances by writing a great short-story that they'll want to buy. But, what you're really asking is what's the formula to getting published. There is no forumla. You need to write a great story that competes on a professional level with all the professionally published authors who are also submitting their stories - dont' worry, becasue they also get rejected (according to mag editors). Another thing to do is to read as many professionally published short-stories as you can get your hands on. That alone improves your own writing and your own story in the process. and, keep submitting. .If you're good enough then you might luck out at some point. Maybe you are already a great writer and now you just need to submit the right story.

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