Story is currently open to submissions. Our response time is approximately five months. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please notify us immediately to withdraw your work from consideration if it is accepted elsewhere. If you identify as a POC or LQBTQ writer, please feel free to share that with us in your cover letter. All manuscripts should be double-spaced and previously unpublished. All submissions must come through this system; writing sent to us via email will not be read.
General Submissions: Our online submission fee is $3.Story does not have any formal guidelines with regard to style, content, or length. We consider all “short” narrative fiction under 25,000 words in length. If you are submitting Flash Fiction, you are welcome to include up to five pieces as one submission. Please select one of the three categories that best fits the length of your story.
Flash Fiction: fewer than 2,000 words.
Short Story: between 2,000 and 10,000 words.
Long Story: between 10,000 and 25,000 words.
About the Journal
Story is a tri-annual print publication devoted to the complex and diverse world of short fiction. Since 1931, work that originally appeared in Story has been reprinted dozens of times in editions of The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.