Leigh Statham is the perfect author to talk about short stories because, in addition to being a prolific short story writer and award-winning author, she’s the founder and editor of a successful short story magazine.
So, here’s Leigh, talking about common problems she sees in short story submissions, and the top 5 things YOU can do to strengthen your story and improve its chances of being accepted for publication.
1. Don’t include too many characters
2. Show and tell, but show more
3. Complete the rainbow
4. Be Aggressive
5. Read Short Stories
The internet is bursting with sites where you can read high quality short stories for free or for a nominal charge. There are countless literary magazines online and in print, and hundreds of anthologies printed every year. Take advantage of this.
Read everything you can get your hands on. Take note of what works and what doesn’t. Then write your own stories using what you’ve learned. Don’t worry if you stumble upon a story just like yours. No one else has your voice, and the world needs your voice more now than ever.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few classic short stories that never get old:
The Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
To Build a Fire by Jack London
Leigh Statham has published three novels and is the author of countless short stories. Find Leigh online and anywhere good books are sold.
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Extra helpful for someone like I, who writes chiefly longer prose! Thanks!