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The short stories listed in the left hand menu are a small selection of the tales I've had published in magazines and online. Some have been shortlisted or won prizes in short story competitions. Beneath each story you’ll find any comments I’ve received (and been given permission to use) from competition judges, editors and publishers. I’ve also provided information about the various competitions and the pros and cons of entering them. I hope the information will help new writers learn how to write a short story with a marketplace in mind, making it more appealing to editors and competition judges and aiding the likelihood of publication.
Or, if you’re just looking for free short stories to read online, I hope you enjoy the tales I’ve made available here :-)
Here are some links to short stories I've had published elsewhere on the internet.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Any comments or constructive criticism (good, bad or ugly) is always welcome as long as it’s not abusive. If you want to be credited as the author of the comment you write, please provide your name.
I now feature previously published short stories by other writers on my site, alongside useful information about their experiences on the path to publishing success. If you would like to be featured on my website, please read my submission guidelines.
No. I've heard some people say that the popularity of the short story is waning, but they are definitely wrong. In my experience, the short story is seeing a resurgence and is more popular than ever. You just have to know where to look.
To prove the point, I've created lists of publishing opportunities for short stories. Take a look at the short story competitions list and the short story magazines list on this site. You'll see that there is LOADS of interest in short stories, and plenty of opportunity for writers to see their work published.
Admittedly, publishers tend to favour publishing full length novels, so selling a collection of short stories through traditional means might be difficult, especially if you're a new writer. But if you change your approach and write for the markets that are out there, you can see your tales in print. That's what I've done. It's worked.
Below is a video of Stephen King being interviewed by Rich Fahle. In it, SK talks about the short story and how many writers start novels before they are ready for a project of that size.
Stephen King talking about the art of writing short stories
Short stories are a great way to learn and develop your writing before, and alongside, writing a novel. If you're new to writing, I'd strongly advise you trying a couple of short stories before starting a full length book - you can learn a lot from the process.
I'm always looking for original images to use on the site, espeically on the story pages. If you feel inspired to create any artwork based on my short stories, or any of the other content on the site, I will always be interested to see it and, with your permission, consider using it. It doesn't matter how old you are - I'll consider any work from any age group.
If you are looking for a short story with pictures, I have written one for kids that my Mum kindly illustrated for me - take a look at Hummingbee Bumblebird Meadow. I'd love to see pictures of the fairies drawn by children. Please send them to me!!
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All the stories on this website are written by Christopher Fielden. Christopher Fielden has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of these works. The stories on this site are provided for you to read free of charge subject to the condition that they are not, by way of trade or otherwise, copied, lent, sold, hired out, printed or otherwise circulated in any format without the author’s prior consent.
By Christopher Fielden