on The Insecure Writer’s Support Group:
The short story world can be an emotional roller coaster, but it’s a fun, creative, and empowering experience in many ways.
The hardest part can be overcoming the fear of submitting, which is more about the fear of judgment and rejection.
Here’s the thing, though: a rejection is just a polite email saying the story doesn’t work for that particular publication. It’s not a personal judgment and has nothing to do with you as a person. It usually isn’t even about your story. Often, a story gets rejected because it doesn’t fit with that publication or a theme that has formed among the accepted stories.
Even if the editor doesn’t like this story, that’s a matter of personal taste. Someone else will like it. There’s no reason to keep that story from the people who don’t even know they want it yet, so submit that puppy!
Once you get over the fear or discomfort involved with submitting, there’s the matter of figuring out where to submit the stories you’ve written.
Here are a few ways to get started: