I haven't been writing much lately, but I currently have 5 short stories out in submissions. In the past year I have focused more on my writing class and told myself that first I should learn new things before seeking publication. But right now I'm on a leave of absence from Long Ridge Writer's Group, and I am only half-way through the course. The arrival of my son has convinced me that I shouldn't wait to complete the course before I get serious about making submissions on my own. I'm making sure that the places I submit to are legit, but I'm not being picky about payment and things like that; the first step is getting my foot further in the door!
As far as my writing class goes, so far I love it. It's affordable, you have online as well as snail mail interaction, you get several books, and also college credit, along with a one-on-one mentor who takes you step by step through the writing, editing, and submission process. If anyone is interested, their web site is http://www.longridgewritersgroup.com/.
In just a few weeks, the results of the Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition will be revealed! I entered, as I have for the past three years now, and I'm excited to find out the results!
To writers: what is your preferred medium for short story submissions: magazines or anthologies?
To readers: do you read short stories, or do you prefer novels?