Even if you are a confirmed Indie author, as I am, you may feel the desire to write short pieces and submit them to anthologies, magazines, or contests. Writing a short story is an excellent way to explore in detail an idea that is inspired by your longer work, but that you don’t have room to include there.
If you are writing a series of speculative fiction novels set in a world of your creation, writing short stories is a good way to develop that world. You also have the opportunity to develop characters you can use later.
Once you submit your story, it will be up against many entries, so you must make yours as unique as is possible.
Anthologies are usually themed. According to Wikipedia:
A theme is not the same as the subject of a work. For example, the subject of Star Wars is “the battle…
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