Stuff like this is what separates you from the rest of the pile. I’ve been in both ends of the scale (and will likely be in the future). Have a read.
Aurealis has a proud history of publishing fiction in Australia. Since our first issue, we have introduced new authors to the reading public and given established authors a means to continue their relationship with their audience.
These are some of the things we’ve learned over nearly twenty-five years of selecting stories for publication.
- If you don’t read in the genre, you’re unlikely to create an original, refreshing genre story.
- One idea is rarely enough to sustain a story.
- Many stories would be far better off if they were a third shorter.
- If you use genre trappings, then your story will end up in the reject pile. ‘Trappings’ implies something added after the event, mere decoration. Respect the genre.
- Short stories are short. Don’t waste time—get into the story.
- If you can’t handle dialogue, your story will suffer badly.
- If nothing happens in your story, you don’t have a story. You…
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