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New Writers, 4 Pubs That Welcome New Writers And Accept Short Stories

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to help you get started

Everyone has to start somewhere and it’s always easier when you have the advice of someone who has gone before you.

As a new writer I always thought longer was better. Thebusinessgraduate

I heard from a lot of new writers that a kind of standard has been imposed on Medium — with articles of 3 to 5 minutes read.

Don’t fret! That’s a misconception!🥴😵

As Top Writer Sylvain Saurel (13K+ followers) commented on one of my pieces about short form writing:

It’s a shame…

you should simply try to convey the idea(s) behind your article by getting to the point without getting lost in trying to reach a certain length

corresponding to a standard that isn’t a standard.

That’s why today I want to bring the concept of short form writing to your attention.

It’s definitely a handy tool to build a (daily) writing habit and to improve your writing skills. 🤗

👉 Here you can learn more about the pros of short form writing, for instance, you can make $45 with one story.


If you want to get started on Medium, start small!

As new writer Drashti Shroff and co-editor of ‘Coffee Times’ recently said:

It is very tough to write long, good and quality stories consistently.

Maybe you’ve never really thought about writing shorter pieces but it makes complete sense.

Here’s an example:

During summer break, when I was on holiday with my son and husband, I challenged myself to write at least one short form post (=150 words or less) per day.

Tom Fenske, the owner of ‘The Shortform’ was so kind to publish my posts on a daily basis. Without them, I would have experienced a big drop in my overall stats.

Challenge yourself to write (daily) short form posts too.

Edina Abena Jackson for instance is in the middle of writing 400 short form pieces this month. Crazy? Yes!

Crazy smart!


4 pubs that welcome new writers and accept short form pieces

Submitting your work to a publication (for the first time) can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before.

To help you get started, I’ve highlighted 4 publications on Medium that welcome the work from new and emerging writers.

1 — The Shortform

(…) is dedicated to the quick read. If you are looking for some tiny nuggets of knowledge or some easy entertainment, you came to the right place. Specially designed for consuming content when you are short on time or energy.


2 — Coffee Times

(…) is not just a publication, but a movement to build a mutually supportive community that encourage active reading and better writings.

My tip: Enter a coffee challenge in order to get a cup of ‘Buy Me A Coffee’.

  • A cup of coffee is $5.
  • Coffee awards are capped to the first 20 winners who get more than 300 claps within 3 days of posting.

3 — The Brain is a Noodle

A place for all things bite-sized! A collection of poetry and shortform pieces! 🧠🍜 We have daily poetry prompts (…) monthly essay prompts!


4 — The Daily Cuppa

We like nature, food, pets, plants, people, and all things simple — or complex that can enrich our lives.

We celebrate humanity. Serve up your cuppa tea, coffee, wine, cocoa, or whatever pleases you, and enjoy our daily bites.


Final Takeaways🤗

Dear new writers, don’t try to reach a certain text length corresponding to a standard that isn’t a standard.

Better practice the concept of short form writing.

Follow my lead and become a writer in one or all 4 of the above-mentioned publications.

I’m SO EXCITED to see more shortform pieces coming my way 🙂

Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她) owner of ‘The Brain Is A Noodle’

(This isn’t the full list of publications to where you can submit short form pieces. Please let me know your favorite ones in the comments section.)

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