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Gritty urban fiction. Jim Gavin’s Middle Men, Mary Miller’s Always Happy Hour, or Becky Mandelbaum’s Bad Kansas are good examples of what we mean by this. If you’ve written a compelling short story, though, no need to worry too much about “gritty” or “urban.” You may submit the story.

Crime/Mystery Fiction. Genre fiction is a fit at Vautrin. But if you’ve written a good short story with crime fiction elements that doesn’t necessarily seem like genre fiction, it could still be a fit.

Ghosts. The Supernatural. Balzac wrote The Wild Ass’s Skin, after all. If old Honore tried it, so can we. And Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of our favorites. A crime fiction story with supernatural elements might hit the mark. Or any mix of the above.

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Market Genres

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
0 to 1000 words
6 cents/word

Short Story
1000 to 2000 words
3 cents/word

Short Story
2000 to 3000 words
4 cents/word

Short Story
3000 to 4000 words
3 cents/word

Short Story
4000 to 6000 words
2 cents/word

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Reprints?: No
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No

Market Response Data
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There are 32 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 20 | Average: 53.50 | Median: 55 | Max: 119
3.12% - avg 29 days
96.87% - avg 54 days (6.45% of rejections are personal)
Dead Letters:
Never Responded:

1 pending responses (142 min | 142 average | 142 median | 142 max days waiting)
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Listing added: 14 July 2021

Last officially checked: 15 November 2021

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