Trust Me, I'm a Storyteller

October 2, 2008

Tips on how to publish short stories.

Filed under: Writing Stories — roundtablewriting @ 1:47 am

I’ve been publishing stories for many years in literary journals, magazines, anthologies and websites. I’ve edited anthologies, magazines, books and websites for a number of years as well. I’ve judged Australasian short story competitions since 1990. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about writing publishable short stories.

For those writing stories who are looking for some advice about how to publish your stories.

Tips on how to publish short stories.

  • The best short stories involve a turning point or epiphany for the main character
  • Characters need to be intriguing, perhaps quirky, certainly memorable
  • Dialogue of the characters should be differentiated and easily distinguished
  • The story should have an opening that sets the tone and engages the reader
  • The ending should satisfy the reader or at least point to a resolution
  • Stories should be presented on one side only on A4 paper
  • Text should be double-spaced
  • Leave generous margins
  • Use left margins – do not justify text
  • Use a legible font
  • Add header/footer with story title and page number
  • Add word count
  • Add author contact details
  • Add cover sheet with story title, word count, author contact details
  • For competitions follow the submission guidelines.
  • Buy a copy of Round Table Magic – a workbook for writers and writers’ groups with advice on everything from starting a writers’ group, to writing prompts and publishing your writing. You can buy a copy by going to Round Table Writing books

As a writer and/or reader can you add to these?

Websites to help you submit and publish your stories

Great tips on

How to become a freelance blog writer

For women writers: Essay competitions, Flash Fiction competitions and women writers discussing aspects of the writing process.

Morris Publishing – Your one-stop resource for information about books, writing and publishing

The Internet Writing Journal

Book Marketing Buzz – Promote your book and be a guest blogger at

These conversations are presented with a view to promoting reading, writing, and small press publishers.

To warm up the brain cells – try this word game that is not only fun but also has a purpose.

Thanks, Brian for your comment and your link to this word game that helps children through learning at


Happy writing and good luck with publishing your stories,



  1. Another great charity site is It donates money to children in need through World Vision.

    Check it out at

    Comment by Brian Hunt — October 6, 2008 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, Brian, for your comment and link to AIDtoCHILDREN, it’s very kind of you. I’ve added your link to the list in this post and to the blogroll.
    Best wishes,

    Comment by roundtablewriting — October 7, 2008 @ 5:35 am | Reply

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