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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? 
#1 - October 29, 2008, 08:44 AM

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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.

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#2 - October 29, 2008, 09:20 AM
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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.
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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.
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Thanks everyone!
#5 - October 31, 2008, 12:43 PM

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