Short story writing markets!
1. Submit top down. You won't know where it could be published until you try it!
2. Submit the whole story.
3. No simultaneous submissions. Only submit one place at a time! (Yes, this will be slow.)
4. Beware of black holes.
5. Never submit somewhere that charges YOU money.
6. Oh--and read lots of short stories to get a feel for pacing, simplicity/streamlining, what's been done already, etc.
Rules above thanks to Eric James Stone.
micro fiction - 250 words
flash fiction - 1k
Up to 7500 words is short story
Novelette - up to 17k
Novella - 40k
Novel 40k and above
SHORT STORY MARKETS
(that are famous enough that an on-again off-again short story enthusiast such as yours truly knows about :p)
L. Ron Hubbard Contest. - SF&F&Horror. 17,000 words or less. ALWAYS submit here first. Top-down, man.
Asimov's. - SF&F. (Traditionally : Award-winning SF). 20,000 words or less.
Clarkesworld. - SF&F&Horror. (Highest paying after L. Ron Hubbard). 8,000 words or less.
Strange Horizons - SF&F&Horror. 9,000 words or less. With a very handy list of what sorts of stories they've seen too much.
Science Fiction & Fantasy. - SF&F. (Traditionally: More literary). 25,000 words or less.
Analog. - (Typically Hard) SF. Up to 20k, prefers 4k.
Leading Edge - SF&F. 15,000 words or less. 10k sweet spot.
OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show. -SF&F. No word limit.
Of course, Duotrope also exists and steals my thunder, but I'm needing to be increasingly visual...
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ETA another online-only.
Lightspeed Magazine. SF. (New!) 7500 word max.
her sister magazine for fantasy is Fantasy Magazine. Boring name! But okay :P
Tor.com pays extreeeemely well. 12k recommended, 17k max.