Hey, writers, Klurisa here, the new chief editor of [untitled], letting you know [untitled] is back! (Whoah! – the crowd goes wild).
Oh! I love a great short story. Don’t you? Some of my favourite reads are short stories. And, honestly, I’m not swayed by genre. I love all sorts, from horror to romance, sci-fi to fantasy, contemporary to historical. As long as I’m transformed into the character’s time and place.
I want to know if you’ve written any memorable short stories? Really? (My eyes widen.) Are they published? No? Great! I bet they’re good – are they good? (I ask rubbing my hands together.)
[untitled] submissions are open from 3 September – 31 October 2018.
[untitled] is a short story anthology series. It’s all about fantastic stories you can lose yourself in – ones that stay with you long after you’ve put them down. And it’s my mission over the next few months to help find those stories from Australian writers in any genre and share them in [untitled] Issue 8.
So if you want to be a part of it get crackin’.
But wait! Before you send in your short story, take a look at these tips:
- Short stories are not a place to meander – so don’t take too long to warm up, but don’t rush it either.
- A captivating start is a must – it doesn’t need to be full of action, but it does need to grab (and hold) the reader’s attention.
- Don’t ignore setting and description. Take the time to create a sense of place and time – just don’t overdo it.
- Flesh out your characters enough to make them interesting. We will only be with them for a short while.
- Make sure you story has a beginning, middle and end – even though it’s short, it still needs to be a complete story. It shouldn’t be the first part of your novel.
- Be yourself. Use your own voice to tell us the story only YOU can tell.
- Read and follow the submission guidelines (very important). Word count will be checked.
- And, of course, ensure you edit and proofread before submitting.
We look forward to reading your submissions!