How I Learned to Write Good (and Bad) Flash Fiction

Flash fiction can be a great place for new writers to start. It's a lot easier to perfect a one page story than a 1,000 page epic, after all. Given that, it should come as no surprise that we get a lot of flash fiction at Belmont Story Review. What is surprising, however, is just how … Continue reading How I Learned to Write Good (and Bad) Flash Fiction

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When to Break the Rules When Submitting Short Stories

In their guidelines, the magazine Bards and Sages Quarterly highly discourages submitting first person or present tense stories. My first published story with them was both. The magazine Fabula Argentea lists Anthropomorphism as a hard sell. The first story of mine they published was a suicide note from a training bra. One of the most common pieces of … Continue reading When to Break the Rules When Submitting Short Stories

Getting Published in Magazines (Tips by Someone Who is Also Struggling)

You look into a bookstore and see row after row of glossy covers lining the shelves. You think about all the authors whose work you see, all those who have "made it." Then you think about your half-finished and entirely unedited manuscript that only your parents have read. How do you get from here to there? For … Continue reading Getting Published in Magazines (Tips by Someone Who is Also Struggling)