What makes a short story break through the submission piles of all these literary magazines and get accepted for publication?
I’m Michael Nye *waves* editor of Story. I’m the author of three books of fiction, and my work has appeared in over two dozen literary magazines, such as Kenyon Review, Epoch, Northwest Review, Pleiades, and the Normal School. For twenty years, I have worked on a diverse range of literary magazines: River Styx, Boulevard, and the Missouri Review before relaunching Story in 2018.
In just the last five years, I have published 150 authors, sifting through more than 20,000 submissions to find the wonderful fiction that Story publishes on a triannual basis. Upon acceptance, I then go through an editorial process with each author, editing for house style (Story uses Chicago), syntax, clarity, grammar, imagery, and narrative rhythm, as well as discussing big picture aspects of fiction such as character, setting, plot, and point of view.
Fiction I have edited for Story has been republished in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize, and a dozen more have been cited in these anthologies as distinguished or notable stories. I have taught hundreds of creative writers at colleges, universities, and writing workshops, and I can help writers at any stage in their career make their stories stand out by discovering your stories strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities. When it comes to contemporary literary fiction, I know what I’m doing!
Here’s the process. You send an initial query email telling me about the story you are working on. Then, via email and based on availability, you and I agree that I’m the right editor for you. You send me the story, and over the next week, I work through your story with the same intensity and focus that I give to my Story authors. I’ll send you back the manuscript with my detailed notes and thoughts, and then we will schedule a phone call so we can walk through it.
Please contact me directly at email@example.com for rates and availability.