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 They accept 'literary, upmarket fiction' between 2,500 and 15,000 words, which must be unpublished.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.