Has Anyone Ever Gotten A (Or Multiple) Short Story Published?

United States
May 19, 2009 2:21pm CST
I'm an aspiring writer. I'm sure a lot of us here in the writing interest on MyLot can say the same as I've seen. I've been writing things here and there for several years now but I've never really gotten anything published before. I have put some stuff up on Fiction Press before as well as another writing website and for the most part my stories have been apparently enjoyable by most everyone who has read them. But that doesn't really count. I've been wanting to get some of my stuff really published for a long time and I've been really wanting to do that in recent times now. I think it's been time to take it from 'just for fun' to 'just for fun while trying to get the stuff published'. I have two in mind that I want to give getting published a shot first. Has anyone here ever gotten a short story or more than one published in a magazine before? How many attempts did it take to get that published? Did you have to try multiple magazines or did it get accepted the first time? One of the magazines I'm thinking of trying is Helioscope so if anyone has ever gotten published with them, I'd like to hear some experiences too.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 May 09
I have had several articles published as well as poetry in magazines....first you have to buy yourself a copy of the publication...and study it. The editors sometimes have a special way they like things done....then look at your article and try to make sure its within the confines of what type of structure they want...being a rebel will not help you get anything published. They are very set in their way how they want things done. That's the best advice I can give you. The editors have worked very hard and well deserve their jobs so they know what they are doing...make them happy and you'll get published.
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• Pakistan
20 May 09
Dear Jillhill Could you kindly guide me towards sites or magazines who publish poems and pay. I have been writing poems for sometime. I have published around 13 poems in the Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) without any compensation. This was way back in early 90's. Tks. & Rgds. Zaka
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@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
20 May 09
I have my own column in a newsletter, but I have not had anything published in a magazine. It would be cool to do that though. What is Helioscope? I have not heard of it before.
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@cvodrey (227)
• United States
20 May 09
Go to accentuatewritersforum.com. This site is a fantastic tool for online freelancers, offering links to paid writer's sites. If you are published by an actual online magazine, it will build your portfolio. If your goal is to get your stories out there, and read, there is no reason why you 'have' to forge a career in paper. There are many viable options via the web. If you are convinced that you need to be published solely in magazine, you will need an up-to-date Writer's Marketplace guide -assuming you don't already have one. As pp said, you will need to study up on the magazines you want to submit to. The actuality of a magazine may be quite different than the descriptive view.
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@hotsummer (10465)
• Philippines
20 May 09
i have not written article professionally. i love to learn to write too though i am not aiming to submit them in some magazines. i think i would like to earn by writing some articles online. though with little earnings with each short article but those small earnings add up. and i hope that i can earn well by writing some short article like about $ 20 per day will be great enough for me.
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@GioBuffon (122)
• Canada
20 May 09
No one ever bothered to check my work or to see if it would be good enough to get published in a magazine. I find it's really hard for students in high school like me and they don't bother writing short stories. I wish you the best of luck with the publishing !
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• United States
19 May 09
Hi there DarthJustice I too love to write but I like to write articles more than anything. I do not know much about being published other than a poem I wrote long time ago. I guess that this might be an idea that might work for you. Learn how to create an ebook and sell what you write about. If you are good which I am pretty sure you are you could make money that way instead of trying to be published the other way. Also there is a site called Triond.com that seems to be more of that type of format as well and you can earn there but I do not know about your rights after you publish with them so you can at least cheak it out. Hope this helps and happy mylotting to you as well.
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
19 May 09
I have never had a short story published but I have written articles for helium and Associated Content. I think that is as far as my writing will ever go as I don't see myself as a short story writer. I know that if you can get published once, then you have a better chance of getting the remaining items that you submit to the magazines published. I wish you luck in what you decide to do with this and who knows- you may have found your next career.
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• United States
19 May 09
Jillhill has given some of the best advice here, in a nutshell, on how to get your writing published in magazines. Her response is a very good one. I have had a lot of material published and studying the market to see what a certain periodical needs..the style of writing, the type of content, the word length, etc...is the best lesson I ever learned toward how to get stories and articles published. That and you need to understand the rules of grammar, etc. Try that, be persistent (it's not always the most talented author who gets published, it is sometimes the most persistent writer, the one who doesn't give up, who gets published), and keep working to improve your writing at all times, even after you get published...we can all always use help and learn new things at any time..and I think you will meet your goal. Good luck to you. Oh, to answer one of your other questions, it took me a very long time and more attempts and rejections that I could count now before I saw even one thing published. However, once that door opened I started getting other material published often. Anyone who is determined enough and loves writing enough to study and continue to try to perfect the craft can eventually get work published in magazines. It does take a lot of hard work, but I think you will see your stories in print if you figure out what might be suitable for each periodical and fit your work to those needs. Again, wishing you best of luck here with your writing.
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@abkinsey (173)
• United States
19 May 09
I have never gotten anything published in a magazine before, though I've gotten things published in newsletters. I have been thinking about writing some short articles to submit to some religious and spiritual publications to see if they would publish anything. It always seems like so much work to go through the whole pitch process, and though I keep meaning to do it, I never seem to have the time. Good luck and you'll have to let us all know when you get published!
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• United States
20 May 09
I've never published with a mag, but I have published a dozen poems in various media... The current trend is really for web based publishing houses... Depending on what your genre is you could make a a decent little wage, especially since most companies offer a residual profits... Here are some links that may be of help... www.blackvelvetseductions.com www.publishamerica.com For more traditional publishing houses go to www.randomhouse.com www.harpercollins.com Good luck!
@liviurus (155)
• Romania
20 May 09
Some poetry and 2 novels were published, but locally. By the way. What stuff do you write. I will always enjoy sci-fi or police stories anytime. If you are in some soap-story stuff writing, that's not gonna publish. You must have action baby!
@glassy1 (63)
20 May 09
Hi DarthJustice, you have had a number of really good responses already and there is really little that can be added. I have not had my work published in any magazines though I have been lucky enough to have had my first book published in April this year with sequel due June. All I can say is stay focused, make it a mission, ensure your research the publisher you are sending work to before hand and good luck to you.