Save the Short Story

August 10, 2008

There has been quite a bit of talk about the lack of support for short stories in the current publishing world (see the "Save the Short Story" coalition), so we are really proud to be able to do our part--publishing new fiction in every issue, and through our annual short story prize, bringing attention and awarding prizes to talented and deserving fiction writers.

We hope you will join us by continuing to read great short fiction, submitting your short stories to our upcoming issues, or entering our short story contest. We are only 3 months away from the deadline for our fiction contest--the 2009 Short Story Prize, so you fiction writers need to start entering your work! We are really excited to see the turnout for this contest and hope it can equal the success and caliber of our recent poetry prize. (Results will be posted soon!) To enter the short story prize, visit our guidelines here. And if you have a short story that you would like to submit for our upcoming issues, check out our general submission guidelines. We accept short stories with simultaneous submissions through our online magazine submission manager. And for samplings of past fiction published in RUMINATE, visit our past issues.

A favorite short story of mine is "The Grace I Know" by Tony Woodlief, from Issue 04. I highly recommend ordering this issue just to read Tony's story--it is hauntingly beautiful. In fact, this story is so good that is seriously makes me question whether the short story really needs saving, but I guess the point isn't that short stories aren't being written but that publishers aren't publishing them (not profitable enough, etc.). But we are. You writers and readers keep on saving what deserves to be saved, and so will we.



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