Choosing Short Fiction Markets

Today’s post is a question for you who are reading this, if you submit to short story/novella markets, or plan to, or can imagine doing so.

How do you choose which market will first receive your submission? Which factor or combination of factors is most important to you?

The publication most suited to the story? The publication’s prestige? The one that pays the most? The one that will remain in print the longest? The publication with the highest degree of popularity, regardless of quality? The publication with the widest distribution? Other factors?

My answer is that I tend to submit first to the market that is most suited and that pays the most. Prestige is nice, but I have historically chosen pay rate over prestige (note than none of the anthologies to which I submitted paid enormous sums!). Wide distribution is also nice, but sometimes a niche market seems better to me. I don’t mind so much if the publication goes out of print, because then there is the opportunity for selling the story again as a reprint.

Buster Keaton is being thoughtful. Your thoughts?

Related posts:

Short Fiction FAQ: Part One.

Short Fiction FAQ: Part Two.

Short Fiction FAQ: Part Three.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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