Monday, 15 August 2011

Monday Market: ShortfirePress

In the search for alternative short story markets, I came across this very interesting site for digital short stories from established and new authors. They accept 'literary, upmarket fiction' between 2,500 and 15,000 words, which must be unpublished. Stories are emailed, and authors should provide a little information about their writing background.

The idea is that each story will be sold as a download to any type of e-reader device for 99p, and they provide helpful guidelines as to which kind of download goes to which e-reader. The author will receive a profit-share of each purchase. It sounds a good idea, as the low cost will hopefully encourage more readers to buy the stories.

The site is run by publishing editor Clare Hey and it was mentioned in a couple of the national newspapers last year. You can find all details on the ShortfirePress website. Might be worth a try for those who write literary short stories. You can read an extract from many of the stories on the website to get a flavour of what they publish.

I'd love to know if anyone has tried them already, or do please let me know if you ever have anything published by them.

P.S - when I tweeted about this just now, the New Writer Mag told me about a recent interview Vanesa Gebbie did with Clare Hey and you can find it here.

Rosemary

11 comments:

Vikki said...

Sounds interesting - thanks for sharing!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're welcome!

womagwriter said...

Looks interesting - I saw Vanessa's interview with Clare Hey but didn;t follow up the links then, tut tut. Always good to find a new outlet.

Talli Roland said...

Interesting - thanks, Rosemary!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Kath - I know what you mean about following up! Hope this might be of use.

Thanks for visiting, Talli.

Diane Fordham said...

Very interesting Rosemary! Thanks for that - will go and check it out. x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Diane - thanks for coming over. Hope it might be useful for you.

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Hi Rosemary, I wanted to thank you for stopping by Ciara Gold's blog during my tour of Love Delivery. You are the winner of the short story I'm giving away during the tour and your name will be entered in the final drawing for a copy of Love Delivery. Could you please send me an email at pennylane97053@yahoo.com to claim your story.

BTW, you have a lot of useful information here and I will be sure to stop by again.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Penny - thanks for the lovely surprise! I've emailed you just now. Look forward to reading the story.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Hi Rosemary - catching up with blog and twitter admin - thanks for the link! Glad you liked the interview with Clare.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're welcome, Vanessa - glad I saw it!