Thursday, 6 November 2014

Why You Should Be Writing Short Fiction

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The short story is back! This is good news for writers no matter where you are in your career.  After three or four decades of evaporating markets, the short story has found a new home in the ebook.

Ebooks of short story anthologies are springing up all over.  They don't pay, but if you can get a story into an anthology with some well-known authors in your genre, you'll be paid in publicity!  Something you can't put a number on.

Consider too that short fiction is much easier to adapt for the screen than novels. The following films started as short stories:

  • The Birds
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Double Indemnity

Then you have short story contests.  Here's one:

The Telegraph Short Story Book Club

Here's a short and sweet story:

The Green Suitcase by Jo Senior: Winner of the Telegraph Short Story Club Competition


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  1. Hey Nicole

    Thanks for this. Just what I need. The cluster diagram is extremely useful. :)

  2. Hey Tania

    Good. Can't wait to read your story then!