S1 E1 How to Submit a Short Story – from the Perspective of the Reader

S1 E1 How to Submit a Short Story – from the Perspective of the Reader

In this episode we will discuss how to submit a short story to a magazine from the perspective of the reader. The reader is the first person who will read your manuscript after it has been submitted, and yet, how much do you actually know about what goes on in the reader's mind while they read your story?

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“The Letter O” by Jelena Borojevic

“The Letter O” by Jelena Borojevic

Mr Brealey hobbled through the familiar paths of his town park as he did nearly every morning. The park was deserted in these early hours, but he had a long habit of feeding the park’s pigeons, and he did so as often as his body allowed him to. Unless it was raining. His bad hip wasn’t keen on any adventures in the rain, and the pigeons didn’t enjoy those gloomy days either, since wet wings are difficult to fly with. So they made a mutual agreement to skip the rainy days, or at least that is what Mr Brealey believed. But he did come very often. Not because the pigeons actually needed to be fed, but because they were his morning companions, who ate the familiar man’s food because their instinct led them to do so.