Legend has it that Ernest Hemmingway, master of the short story, said the following was his best work: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” So few words, yet so much to whet the imagination! How short can a short story be and still speak volumes? Apparently, six words.
Sometimes we can feel cheated by a short story. Just as we began to fall in love with the characters, the story can take a turn and a quick, although not unnecessary, end. In many ways a short story has an even bigger task to accomplish than a novel. It must deliver a concise beginning, middle and conclusion in a short piece of work. It is never about the length of the story, but the passion, voice, tempo and flow of the character’s words, and the author’s style that keeps us hooked.
As an online magazine with a strong literary bent--we intend to greatly expand our “literary” sections--VisibleWomanOnline will continue its inclusion of short stories. We will be including stories from women (and men), those who have been secret writers, and the other more pubic writers who are excited about the opportunity to have found a supportive medium for their work.
Perhaps you have some magic running through your mind that needs to be released on paper and sent on its way. Whatever you choose to do with that magic, know that VisibleWomanOnline welcomes your work. We send out an open call to all writers and look forward to hearing from you. Please see below for our submission guidelines.
Until then, take the time to read or write a story. It will take your breath away.
To Submit an a Short Story
Do you have something to say? We occasionally accept short stories for publication from our readers.
Short Stories can be up to 1,500 words (slightly longer works my also be accepted depending on the quality of the work).
We DO NOT pay for short stories or other submissions. However, we will acknowledge you by name or pseudomym, and include a brief bio if you desire.
We will notify you via e-mail if your short story was chosen for publication, and the projected publication date.
The author retains all rights to the submitted work. VisibleWomanOnline does not own the copyright, however, editorial decisions are at the sole discretion of VisibleWomanOnline.
How to Submit
You can submit your short story by sending an email to: cwright@VisibleWomanOnline.com. Send the short story in the body of the email, NOT in an attachment. We cannot accept submissions by regular mail at this time.
VisibleWomanOnline requires a signed Submssion Agreement before any work is published on its Web site.