Day 19: Pull the Trigger

Use Duotrope to research where to publish short stories.In our Facebook Group, I hear Ninja Writers talking often about being afraid of sending their work to readers–whether that’s a friend, a beta reader, or a publisher. Writing a story can feel like having a baby, and then suddenly shoving it out into the world, unprotected, straight into the arms of people who feel like it’s their purpose to be judgmental.

I want you to pull the trigger. I want you to think, today, about the places where you might be able to place a short form work.

Whether or not you have something to send out into the world, you should be familiar with the market. Whether you write , poetry, or creative non-fiction, there are publications that are eager to see new work. In fact, they spend all their time seeking it out.

Spend a little time today exploring the market. Just get your feet wet. If you have a short story or poem or essay that you feel is publishable, consider sending it out. But, even if you don’t, this is a good step toward that day.


Duotrope is a website that lists more than 6000 markets for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. It also features a submission tracker, which will help you keep track of where you’ve sent your work. It costs $5 a month after a week long free trial, but even if you don’t feel ready to pay for a subscription yet, check it out for a week.

Click around. Visit some publication websites. Read some submission guidelines. Start to familiarize yourself with what’s required if you want to be published in short form.


Go to Duotrope and get signed up for a free 7-day trial. Come on over to Facebook today. Let’s talk about pulling the trigger.

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