This is a list of publishers seeking short story collections, and it’s the most comprehensive list on the internet. I’ve read short story collections from most of the publishers on this list and altogether they are publishing some of the best short fiction on the planet.

Despite all the doom and gloom surrounding the publishing of short story collections (and it’s true — agents almost always only want that novel), there are still a number of solid markets and contests for that short story collection of yours.

For the publishers who offer short story collection contests, I’ve tried to list the name of the contest afterwards.

If you enjoy this list, I also hope you enjoy some of the other lists I’ve created here at Bookfox.

I’ve broken up the places to submit your short story collection into three parts: The Independent publishers, the Big Houses, and the Academic/University Presses.

If you’d like help with your short story, I offer an editing service that will take your story to the next level.

From copy-editing to character advice, I give detailed feedback on what’s working and what needs to be improved.

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I don’t mean to imply any kind of hierarchy with this, because I think there are advantages to going with each. The Big House will get you more potential readers, the Independents will fight for you with independent bookstores and champion your book, and the University Presses often offer a home for the most innovative and exciting work being published.

The best place to submit your short story collection is with the press that has published your favorite collections.

I know that sounds obvious, but if you dislike some of the short stories that a press has published, they are not waiting for you to convert them by your brilliant (but different) kind of writing. No, they love what they’re publishing, and respect that taste rather than trying to change it.

Go for it: submit your best short story collection now.


Big Houses:


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  • Josh / April 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Actually I should have left my comment here. We publish a pocket sized collection of experimental short fiction, funded on kickstarter, nationally distributed. Killing it.

    • Keith / April 16, 2018 at 1:20 pm Reply

      I’ve got a collection of short stories, 80% have appeared in now defunct on-line zines like Underground Voices, My Favorite Bullet, Cherry Bleeds, Zygote in my coffee, and I’d like to find a publisher. It’s edited and the artwork is done.

      • Anita Gorman / October 20, 2019 at 5:01 pm

        I can relate to your plight. Did you find a publisher? It’s discouraging that so many magazines go out of business.

    • Sharon / October 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm Reply

      Hello! May I ask what genre’ you are looking for?

      • CJ / February 11, 2020 at 12:01 pm

        Who publishes non-politically correct or “conservative” stories?

    • Erik Smith / November 22, 2020 at 11:22 am Reply

      Who is”we?”

  • otis / August 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm Reply

    Thanks for this. Otis

  • Chris / September 22, 2013 at 11:59 pm Reply


    I thought that I’d add one for you that we also accept short stories at Brine Books Publishing.

    We are a new publishing house, but have good goals as we are publishing the books in order to try to raise awareness on important human rights issues while raising funds for charities and non-profits that work in the various sectors.

    Brine Books Publishing

  • Caroline / October 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm Reply

    I’m trying to find publishers of short stories that will take me seriously because I’m just 14 and people automatically assume my stories are bad because of my age. This helped a lot so thank you.

  • Ndiritu wahome / October 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm Reply

    This is interesting, I will get around to send a query to these publishers:)

    • Brenda Tuttle Allen / August 25, 2019 at 9:06 pm Reply

      I’m doing a first time short story that I think will sell but I’m not sure if I’m doing it right. I need ideas on how to start my book. Can you help me out. I have some very touching stories to tell and I have a great biography as well of my life. I just need help getting started. Thank you.

      • Isaac Lawrence Odongo / June 13, 2020 at 12:25 am

        The best advice is to write everything you feel should be written. Read about how to write. For example you can download Gary Disher’s book on writing fiction.

  • C. L Rossman / July 31, 2014 at 8:36 pm Reply

    C’mon, would a COMPUTER write a comment about short stories?
    What I wanted to ask was, Are any of you listed up there interested in science-fiction short stories? Please e-amil me. I’ve had more than 20 short stories published in the past few years, but my best markets folded, and now all the liksts have gone on a puying basis.
    PS–Please allow for very slow and tired home computer to reply. Half the time it can’t even get on the net. Thank you. Would really appreciate some input

  • Natisha Parsons / August 18, 2015 at 9:04 am Reply

    As an unknown and not in the position to self publish, how can I get my collection of short stories noticed? The collection is based on a sermon that touched eight members of the congregation and each story deals with the individual and how he/she responded and, in a sense, their tough, back-to-righteous-living testimony. There are so many obstacles placed by the publishing companies I have seen that I wonder if they only deal with known writers.

    • Bookfox (Author) / August 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm Reply

      I would work on your pitch more. I would also only contact religious publishers, as it seems this might be a decent fit for them. See if any of these Christian publishers accept short story collections.

  • Lydia / September 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Good day please assist me. I want to share my life story where do I go about to get it read and published?

  • Robin Vigfusson / September 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Thank you. This is really excellent. Bookmarking this page.

  • WestM / October 28, 2015 at 8:08 am Reply

    OK so I have my short story collection ready. For the big houses, how do I go about pitching to them? I’ve looked, for instance, at the Dial Press link you posted. I don’t see ANY contacts listed for queries, and I take that to mean, “Go away, you short story writers,” but I’m not sure how to tell. Advice on who to query, and how to figure out what each place wants in terms of submissions/queries? Thanks.

    • Bookfox (Author) / October 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm Reply

      For big houses, you need an agent. Many others are also only agented — Tin House, Grove/Atlantic, Graywolf.

      That’s why contests get so many submissions — those are the main places where you have a shot.

      • WestM / October 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

        Thank you for the quick reply, and I guess this helps me figure out where to begin, since I don’t have an agent. Thank you again!

  • Misty Eilert / December 29, 2015 at 2:56 am Reply

    My daughter is 12 and just finished the first book of a short story series. This is exactly the information I was looking for, thank you!!

  • Rory Fyfe Smith / February 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm Reply

    I like to publish short stories too.

  • Ines C Rothen / February 23, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply

    I am 77 and have published 10 books,. The first three are my autobiography of which two were published by Austin Macauley. I did not know that they were essentially self publishers. Anyhow in the two years the first two were published there has not been a single review. The last of my autobiography I have self published with createspace. Also in the same way my first novel TOBIAS STOLLER’S FARM (blue version). No reviews either (on Amazon). I have a trilogy which I have sent to countless agents and all have refused – nicely saying it was above average but no thanks. I have sent the same to two publishers six months ago and despite polite ‘we let you know’ there is no respons. why is everything so hard? Now I have three volumes of short stories (36 over the three volumes and I have sent off a couple of singles to magazines. Everywhere is a three month wait. I am at the point of giving up. What’s the point! There are too many writers anyway.

    • Lindsey Teske / April 24, 2019 at 11:25 am Reply

      Try book gems reviews to get reviews of your books.

  • Daniel / March 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Thanks for all the great lists.

    Thinkerbeat Press: independent publisher, seeking short stories for anthologies.

  • Chester / October 25, 2016 at 8:31 am Reply

    Great list. You can also try to submit your stories on Its a platform for independent writers to get published and reach new audience.

  • Lionel / November 11, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply

    Hello I have a collection of good short stories coz I’m running none profitable organization that helps young talents to be seen, so how can you assist this young people with their talents

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 12, 2016 at 9:53 am Reply

      Have you considered self publishing? Either way, if you need an editor to help clean up the prose before publication, I’m available.

      • Alex Shutoff / June 30, 2017 at 6:00 am

        My name Alex Shutoff . I’m from Sevastopol. Crimea (now Russia). I’m writer from “future”, – this name gave my readers after publishing trilogy “Phantom of the Future”. I want to ask you – can you help me consider self publishing my short stories (all – 5), which connected with my traveling by “Seaking of USA 10 years ago. All 5 short stories by name “Harmonious Feelings” (version – in English language).
        Thank you beforehand for attention,
        Alex Shutoff – writer “form future”…

      • Isaac Lawrence Odongo / June 13, 2020 at 12:20 am

        I am 24 and living in Uganda, a remote country in East Africa. I have almost zero opportunities in my country and whenever I visit blogs such as this one I feel like they are meant for those in the Western world. I have written short stories and is still writing more. In 2018 I was nominated for an African short story award I entered. I want to publish on Vintage because I love everything they produce. But how do I climb that mountain? How does a 24 year old remote Ugandan publish on the great Vintage?

  • BILLY DYSON / November 19, 2016 at 6:42 am Reply

    WE DID COPYRITE,(their are four)

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply

      Sorry to hear about your wife.

      Four short stories aren’t enough for a whole collection. Look up either chapbook competitions (USC Gold Line Press has one), or submit stories one by one to short story competitions. Also, figure out the genre. Most of the competitions on this site are for literary fiction, so if she wrote mystery, romance, westerns, etc. make sure to search for story competitions for those specific genres.

  • clara / December 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply

    I just finished my short stories that I have written in my home language(SESOTHO)and do not know where to start to be published,please help.

    • Bookfox (Author) / December 2, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply

      I would recommend translating them if you want to use this list. Then Look at every publisher and see if you think they’re right for your story. Look at their previous collections, look at what journals their authors have published the short stories (maybe some that you have published in), and go for it.

  • Kelvin Mangwende / January 6, 2017 at 9:50 pm Reply

    Do have short stories competitions

  • melanie / January 15, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply

    hi, thanks this page, well im looking for a publisher to publish my story,but written in pilipino. 🙁 can you help me or any suggestion?

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 15, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

      If you translate it to English many of these publishers would be interested, but I don’t have any publishers listed that serve languages other than English.

  • klaas / January 16, 2017 at 3:33 am Reply

    I do write childrens short story books as young unknown author and I also written few of them that I will love to be helped with them to get them published. So I hope in here I will get help that I need with my short stories for children….

  • Rev. Wayne Farquhar / June 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Thank you for this I will try them, or some anyway. I have for a number of years been thinking on the possibility of writing a book. But for some reason there is that little something in me that prevents me from attempting to do so. You see, I have been very fortunate in life in being able to see and experience things of a high nature. I have documented many of my experiences and to put it in book form would – I believe, help many to come to better understand of life here and the other. Maybe this IS the first step towards acheiving that goal. And I do know there are many books out there on this type of stuff, but, NOT what I have. Just have to wait and see, if its meant to be it will certainbly be! Thank you again.

  • Tina / June 4, 2017 at 5:45 am Reply

    I am interested in writing short stories in Sesotho language, am I allowed? And again where should I get fund for publishing my book?

  • Samuel DiMatteo / June 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply

    I’ve written a 5400 word true short story about being a suspect in a 1952 Chicago murder case (unsolved), Titled Suspect Sam. It has some twists and turns plus humor.

  • Sharon khumalo / July 10, 2017 at 5:58 am Reply

    I’ve already started writing a short story about me being hurt emotionally and physically, tittle Story of my life…. i’m looking for a publisher who can publish my story it written in english

  • Dr. Sisir Kumar Chatterjee / September 22, 2017 at 7:25 am Reply

    We live in India. I teach English Literature in a college. My son, 19, is student of 3 rd Semester , majoring in English Literature. He writes short stories and poems. Quite a few of his short stories have been published in The Statesman. Recently, I have chosen twenty of his short stories and want to get them published in a collection entitled “In Search of a Story.” But I can’t afford to go for self-publishing or even partnered publishing. Jayanta Mahapatra, the celebrated Indian English poet, has written a Foreword to the proposed book. And Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus of the department of English in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, has written a paragraph in praise of the stories of Sinchan Chatterjee ( that’s the name of my son ). Which publishers are likely to accept our proposal for the publication of the proposed book? Please help. Please don’t say, ” you MAY submit your proposal to all the publishers mentioned in the list. Kindly suggest some four or five publishers who will not reject our proposal.

    • Bookfox (Author) / September 22, 2017 at 7:38 am Reply

      Hi Dr. Chatterjee,

      It’s always best if you do the legwork yourself, because you know the manuscript. What publishers you select depends on what type of manuscript it is. Is it experimental? Is it strict realism? Is it cosmopolitan or domestic? But sight unseen, here are a few publishers you could try:

      Black Lawrence Press
      C & R Press
      Autumn House Press
      Red Hen Press

      If you hired me as an editor, I could give you much more specific advice.

    • Rwitacheta Sinha / October 24, 2019 at 3:52 am Reply

      Hello, Sir. I’ve read Sinchan’s book and LOVED it! I write in The Statesman too and had written a review on it but it never made it to the pages. I recommend being on the net for hours searching for agents because there are 1000+ good agents out there ready to take your book. All that matters is the cover letter( and author bio)!
      Congratulations on getting published with Writers’ Workshop!
      P.S.: The review is on my blog where you can see and comment on it!

  • Stephen / September 23, 2017 at 6:27 am Reply

    I have yet to find out how to get a book of short stories published. No one had ever answered this question: How do I get a book of short stories together for publication for a particular genre. i.e. science fiction??? How should I submit a query to a publisher? I have attempted to even publish short stories, yet I get shot down every time. And I know mine are just as good as those I read. Some even better…

  • Stephen / October 2, 2017 at 9:32 am Reply

    I have not yet received a reply to my question. Is anyone able to help me?

    • Bookfox (Author) / October 2, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply

      Hi Stephen,

      I think your question is a bit too general. Break each section down into parts and then google each one. For instance, there are thousands of blog posts about how to write a good query letter. If you’d like help with how to organize the collection, or which stories to include and what not to include, or what publishers would be a good fit for your collection, I provide that service to clients that I do short story editing for. Please contact me!

  • Ruth Imbuye / October 4, 2017 at 3:53 am Reply

    Like to know more about what stories ,when the feedback is given and how you pay for short stories.
    Thank you

  • Steven Law / October 13, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply

    Do you know if these publishers also publish non-fiction story collections?

    • Bookfox (Author) / October 13, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply

      Essay collections? Some of them might, but I was focusing just on short story fiction publishers.

  • Fran / November 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm Reply

    I’m interested in publishing a book of very short stories/ snippets of true life experiences (day to day things) and people watching. Is there a market for this and do you know of any particular or specific publishers you can recommend that would be interested in publishing this type of work?

    • Bookfox (Author) / November 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm Reply

      These publishers are mostly looking for fiction, I believe. For nonfiction shorts, you can check out Brevity.


  • G Singh / November 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Good day please assist me. I want to share my life story where do I go about to get it read and published?

    • Scath Beorh / June 7, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply

      Life stories are almost always self-published unless you are a celebrity. You can self-publish through CreateSpace on Amazon. It’s free to do that.

      • Scath Beorh / December 14, 2020 at 4:21 pm


        Amazon KDP subsumed CreateSpace. Others, like myself, prefer B&N Press.

  • Rose / January 17, 2018 at 11:01 am Reply

    I just need a publisher. I have a small book ready…I’m also a young writer, not revealing my age until i find a publisher.

  • Thomas Gambrell / January 31, 2018 at 10:06 am Reply

    Yes, I am not an author, but I found a short story a few years back in and old barn. I believe it was written in the mid to late 1800’s. What should to I do to see if anyone would buy it. It is in the original hand writing and unsigned. Thank You

  • suresh / March 8, 2018 at 10:54 pm Reply

    I am 65+ .Lives in India . I used to write in Marathi . I publish on a freeread site . Is any publisher interested ?

    • Bookfox (Author) / March 10, 2018 at 1:16 pm Reply

      If it’s published already, publishers are usually not interested.

  • Ralvell Rogers II / April 12, 2018 at 1:38 am Reply

    I was skimming through a few of these companies, but I was having a difficult time finding someone interested in publishing a collection of short stories and poetry. Any suggestions?

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 14, 2018 at 11:44 am Reply

      I don’t know anyone who does blends. It’s usually all poetry or all short stories. But if the stories are almost poems, sometimes a poetry publisher will publish prose-like poetry/stories.

  • willie whyte / July 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Need help to publish my children’s short stories. Anyone know the best way forward?

  • Mandy / July 13, 2018 at 2:55 am Reply

    Hello. I’ve had a short story collection published in the uk (last year) but the publisher has no distribution so it has had low sales. However it has been extraordinarily well reviewed so I now feel I’d like to try and pitch it publishers outside the uk. Publisher is willing, though reminding me that they have world rights. I don’t know how to go about this at all – any advice as to where/who to send it to?

    • Bookfox (Author) / July 13, 2018 at 8:07 am Reply

      Hi Mandy,

      I’d look for an American agent, for starters. If that fails, then you could start cold emailing publishers (I’d target mid-sized indie ones) to see if they’re interested. Most of the time, they want a short story/novel two-book deal.

  • Vincent / July 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Hello. I have nearly 58 short stories. Mainly fictional life stories. They are all typed on a normal letter sized paper. Some stories are based, but not directly wrote, on true events and/or people. I have stored them in a binder. This would be my first time publishing any type of short story book. I know people that I have introduced those stories to have really enjoyed what they have read. Now, I am very limited on money to get this going hoping for a return. Is there any help out there with this situation? Any Suggestions? Thank You in Advanced, Vincent. Viroqua Wisconsin.

    • Bookfox (Author) / July 16, 2018 at 8:14 am Reply

      You need a computer file, not printed on paper. And realize that these publishers listed here only accept a very small percentage. If you need editing help, please let me know.

      • Vincent. AKA. Holstein. / September 8, 2018 at 7:32 pm

        Thank you much for the response! Sorry it took me so long to reply. I’m not at the computer very much or often. If you can provide more in site and what I need to do, please reach out to me. I am new at this and am trying to learn off a very low income budget.

  • Ann / September 9, 2018 at 8:20 am Reply

    I just want to know about where can I submit my short story?

  • Lazarus Trubman / September 23, 2018 at 7:58 am Reply

    None of your seven BIG HOUSES has a place to submit! You’re a joke!

    • Bookfox (Author) / September 23, 2018 at 9:24 am Reply

      Yes, the big houses only accept agented submissions. I would recommend trying the other 37 publishers on this page.

  • Pam / October 7, 2018 at 1:01 pm Reply

    I love to write, but there is no way I can afford to self publish. Im a widow. I’m hoping someone will read my work and hopefully get published to share my talent and maybe find a new career. There have got to be some good hearted people who would be willing to help me get started. I write on many tops including fiction. Any ideas for help?

  • A.F. Cacchillo / October 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Trying to get a literary agent for a short story collection is neigh impossible. I emailed 38 agents
    and didn’t receive one reply. It’s basically is a waste of time to contact them. Talk about being independent!

    • Bookfox (Author) / October 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Yes, literary agents really dislike short story collections. They’re very difficult to sell. But for almost all of the publishers on this list, you don’t need a literary agent to submit to them!

  • Penocrat Ayomide Kindness / November 23, 2018 at 11:53 am Reply

    I have a collection of short stories. I’ll really need a publisher to go through them. Because peopel around me, don’t even take me serious.

  • PHINEAS Chinyanga / January 5, 2019 at 3:44 am Reply

    Are there any Christian publishers that offer free publishing services for Christian short stories?

  • Anna / January 10, 2019 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Hi .. I have many short story collections and I’m looking for publisher ..

  • Bless / January 18, 2019 at 2:41 am Reply

    I got few short stories written, nd I’m looking for a publisher

  • S / January 21, 2019 at 7:59 am Reply

    Thanks for the list. How much do you charge for editing?

  • Precious / March 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm Reply

    That’s great, I have a question…. How can I get the contact of a good publisher

    • James Hannan / April 27, 2020 at 2:10 pm Reply


      Great post. One question. I’m a writer from Australia. Would you recommend I approach these publishers? And if I do you have any advice about how I do this, are there any special considerations?

      Many thanks.

  • Ronald Hoisington / March 19, 2019 at 9:18 am Reply

    I’m writing you in hopes of doing something with my short stories, over the years I have written several , before and after I retired. now my time is writing a book, all my short stories I put a lot of heart and imagination in them as well as my book. I’m hoping to earn some extra money it would help me considerably, and also to become a author at least get my foot in the door, I’m sure if you saw one of my short stories, it will give you a idea how I write. and hopefully in your direction. my grammar might be off, but the stories are there. thank you

  • Alejandro Viramontes / March 21, 2019 at 1:26 pm Reply

    To help people to create multiple perspectives in their life, so they can change their point of view of their current situation and improve their life, grow and have peace of mind.
    Few short stories in Spanish and English.
    Any recommendations for Spanish publishers?

  • Twelve House / April 9, 2019 at 9:26 am Reply

    Twelve House considers short story collections.

  • Elizabeth Vaah / April 12, 2019 at 6:18 am Reply

    I have a collection of short stories in English about the life of women in a small West African community. Currently looking for an agent or a publisher. Thanks for this.

  • Nirvanie smith / April 23, 2019 at 7:25 am Reply

    Can anyone help me I am looking for a agent or a publishing company that can publish my work children book I write also adventures thanks

  • Mr. Jan Steer / April 25, 2019 at 1:44 am Reply

    Do not waste your time by submitting to the big publishing houses. They will only accept offerings from agents. Much better that you submit to small presses where you stand a much better chance of publication. But, be warned, it’s not easy for anyone out there. Do not submit anything unless you consider it perfect in every way. Your competition is huge. Skill in writing is one thing but the biggest factor in your success will be luck. Some writers are lucky; most are not.

  • Terence Thomas / May 18, 2019 at 9:01 am Reply

    Dear Sir:
    I have a collection of short horror stories that I would like to have published under the title “GRAVY”. The story of gravy is about a TV cooking show host/serial killer, that brags that he uses fresh rats in his Ratatouille. Another story “Ghost Writer” is about a ghost that falls in love with a freelance writer. I have about twenty stories, all illustrated and I even have the cover design. Yet another story is about an alien invader trying to take over a space ship but is so repelled by the smell coming from the galley, he decides to disappear. A story about a woman that wants to be abducted by aliens and by design achieves that goal. A story “Tampering With Time” shows that going back in time, even just a few minutes, is a very dangerous pursuit. Another story examines what plants think about. In another story, Quantum physics can be the solution to our problems or open up a whole world of new problems. I wait for your response.

  • Abayomi Habib / July 2, 2019 at 6:40 am Reply


    I am a Nobel prize Nominee and a New writer who will like to submit my manuscript to you for your Publishing.Thank’s as you request for me manuscript

    • Bookfox (Author) / July 2, 2019 at 8:13 am Reply

      I’m not a publisher, I’m an editor. If you need editing services, let me know!

  • Crystal / November 19, 2019 at 12:31 am Reply

    Are these publishers ONLY for fiction? I’m sorry I’m totally new to this. I’ve been writing nonfiction short stories with a comedic and sarcastic flare based on things I’ve experienced. Was wondering if you could recommend publishers who’d be interested in that type of genre please. Thank you for the above information you’ve provided! Again if anyone has suggestion or could help, it’d be much appreciated.

  • Graham Thompson / December 4, 2019 at 2:50 am Reply

    I have just been reading some of the questions posed on this page, and every question is always the same. HOW DO WE GET OUR FOOT IN THE DOOR? What a shame it is that a great deal of competent writers will probably never get the chance to get their writing out there. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place where up and coming writers could send their work knowing it would be read. I’m surprised a place like this as never been opened, a place where good work would be passed on and not rejected because some of the grammar isn’t right! Maybe if enough of us got together and created such a place, we could become the writers we always dreamed of becoming.

  • Chizzy / December 11, 2019 at 5:25 am Reply

    I also write novels too, but I’ve been into this now for several years without making any sought of headway in publishing or finding funding for my numerous works. So I thought short stories might just smoothen my path. I write epic dramas and thrillers

  • Nkosingiphile / April 6, 2020 at 2:15 am Reply

    I’ve written 3 short stories that needs to be published. What steps should I do to ensure our get the best publishing company? And which of those are interested?

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 6, 2020 at 8:04 am Reply

      This page is for collections of short stories, totaling 50,000 words or more. For individual short stories, you want to look at my 100 Best Literary Journals page.

  • Bridgette Campbell / April 9, 2020 at 3:00 am Reply

    I have a collection of 66 short stories for YA aimed at girls aged 12-16 ish total word count is 84,080. The stories are centered around an exclusive young Ladies College. I have submitted the collection to only one publisher to find they were really a contributory publisher , any suggestions?

    • Bookfox (Author) / April 9, 2020 at 8:20 am Reply

      I would recommend trimming the collection down by 20,000 words. 84,000 words is very long (and 66 stories is quite long as well). Also, with stories that short, you might want to submit to flash fiction book contests.

      • Bridgette Campbell. / April 28, 2020 at 11:34 pm

        No Mr Bookfox, you got it all wrong. ‘Praps my description was wrong. I can trim the collection down to as low as 1200 words (one story)or any multiple of 1200 words up to 84,000 words. Let me explain. As I wrote I have written 66 short stories EACH is a stand-alone story but many are loosely connected, but not joined. So with 84,000 words a publisher can be looking at a collection, or a series of 7 books say, each of 12,000 words if that makes any sense like.

      • Bookfox (Author) / April 29, 2020 at 6:57 am

        That simply doesn’t make any sense. Short story collections are about 50,000 words long.

        They are not 12,000 words long, or 84,000 words long. That is simply not done.

        My advice was right: trim off enough 1,200 word stories so that you have about 50,000 words rather than 84,000 words.

  • Bridgette Campbell / May 15, 2020 at 7:10 pm Reply

    I can *TRIM* the word count down to any figure a publisher is happy with. There are 66 short stories some but not all, tenuously inter-connected, so it will delight a publisher who is looking for a short story collection with a word count of 5,000, 10,000, 15,000, 20,000, 25,000, 30,000, 40,000, 45,000, 50,000…… OR ANY FIGURE IN BETWEEN, yes even 84,000 word count I have ALL bases covered. Imagine if you will ONE story with 66 chapters, each story being a chapter so one can duck in and out of the book when they get fed up with or whenever the mood takes them, bit like a comic. I would like to add the whole concept is most unusual and quite difficult to explain. Briefly it is a story about an expensive Girls Boarding College………in Rickmansworth….yes, you heard right.

  • Anne Marie Madden / May 21, 2020 at 3:23 am Reply

    I too have a collection of short stories only a few of which have been published. Feedback is always positive but it ‘ does not fit in their list’
    As a woman in her seventies some stories and true life reminiscences reflect that I am of an older generation.
    Anyone interested in having a look?

  • Scath Beorh / December 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Lots of writers on here looking for publishers. I helm Twelve House Books, and I am always considering novels, story collections, and poetry. Have a look at

  • Sheila M Cronin / January 19, 2021 at 9:52 am Reply

    Bookfox: Just a quick note to commend you on your comprehensive list and your unstinting patience. Both are much appreciated!

  • Gavin Boyter / January 30, 2021 at 10:08 am Reply

    Hi – fantastic and useful site. I’ve had 16 acceptances and a dozen stories published since September 2020 (from over 300 submissions!) Can I parlay this into attracting an agent? I’m also working on my third novel and have two published running/travel memoirs. I’m hoping the growing list of credits will add kudos to my novel submissions but I don’t know if agents much care about short story writers.

    • Bookfox (Author) / January 30, 2021 at 11:37 am Reply

      Agents do not, in general, care about short story writers, unless you have a story collection AND a novel (then they’ll represent the short stories in order to get what they really want — the novel).

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