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Are there any local publications that accept short stories?

Ben Steelman
StarNews

The field is not as wide as it once was, but there are a few outlets for aspiring writers.

Two literary magazines are published at the University of North Carolina Wilmington: Atlantis and Ecotone, both of which put out new issues in the fall and spring.

Atlantis accepts submissions only from enrolled students at UNCW or Cape Fear Community College. For complete submission guidelines, click here. For details, email EditorInChief@atlantismagazine.org.

Ecotone accepts material from non-students, but locals will be competing with professional writers and academics, so the bar to get published will be pegged higher. The reading period (and the window for acceptance in the next issue) is between Aug. 15 and April 15. For submission guidelines, click here, For questions, or more information, visit www.ecotonejournal.com or email info@ecotonejournal.com

Cape Fear Community College has its own literary journal, Portals, which comes out once each year. Portals accepts fiction manuscripts of up to 3,000 words and also offers cash prizes, including the $350 Louise McColl Award. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 28. For submissions guidelines, click here. For information, email portals@cfcc.edu or phone 362-7286.

Encore, the Cape Fear area weekly, periodically publishes a serialized novel and also publishes the winners in the annual historical short story contest conducted by the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear. For details about the story contest, contact the historical society at 762-0492 or at http://hslcf.org. For details about Encore, call 791-0688.

Old Books on Front Street occasionally publishes fiction chapbooks (pocket-sized books) by local authors; however, manager Gwenyfar Rohler says no publications are planned in 2013. For details, contact the bookstore at 249 N. Front St., 762-6657.

The Blotter, a Raleigh-based monthly devoted to “underground, outsider literature and art,” circulates in this area  and sometimes publishes local authors. For submission guidelines, visit www.blottermag.com. For more information email readers@blottermag.com.

The Pilot of Southern Pines, which also publishes O. Henry in Greensboro and PineStraw in Pinehurst/Southern Pines, is launching a Wilmington-area monthly in June, to be titled Salt. The magazine’s Facebook page says it will accept “outstanding short fiction.” For details call 833-7158.

The North Carolina Writers’ Network (www.ncwriters.org) maintains a searchable database of literary outlets at its website and runs an annual short story contest. Dues are $75 for individuals, $65 for senior citizens, students and the disabled.

Each year, Writers’ Digest magazine publishes “Writers’ Market,” which includes listings of magazines and periodicals that accept submissions. A companion volume “Novel and Short Story Writers’ Market,” focuses on fiction outlets. Copies may be ordered online or acquired through your public library. Each issue of Writers’ Digest and Poets and Writers includes information on new publications and contests.

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