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Title: General word count question
Post by: psychwriter on October 29, 2008, 08:44 AM
When a magazine says that they accept stories up to 1,000 words, do they want stories that fall close to that number or are they open to much shorter stories as well? 
Title: Re: General word count question
Post by: Sara on October 29, 2008, 09:20 AM
I'm not sure.  You could look at the magazine and see if all their stories are around 1000, or if there are any shorter ones, too.

Good luck!

Sara
Title: Re: General word count question
Post by: Jessica Burkhart on October 29, 2008, 09:35 AM
In my experience, they *usually* want stories that are close to that word count. I've always gone by the 10% rule--try to keep the word count within ten percent over or ten percent under the given WC.

But like leahmiapia said, check the mag and see what they print.
Title: Re: General word count question
Post by: Marcia on October 29, 2008, 10:55 AM
I agree, check out the magazine. If their 1000 word stories take up four pages (just a random number to use for explanation), but they also have two page stories, then you know around 500 words must be good, too. And sometimes it's easier for a publisher to squeeze a shorter story into an almost filled issue.
Title: Re: General word count question
Post by: psychwriter on October 31, 2008, 12:43 PM
Thanks everyone!