So I just finished my first piece of creative writing. It's a short story I wrote in a few weeks while taking a break from a novel I am working on. I feel pretty good about it, and have my eye on a couple of magazines i'd like to submit it to. One has a limit of 7,000 words, and the other's cut off is 8,000 words. Going by the microsoft Word word count I'm at 8,200. Going by various forumulas I'm anywhere from 7,500 to 7,850. I am double spacing and have 30 pages. I've already done an initaial fat-cutting pass. Can I submit to these two magazines? Is there an amount that you can be over by and no one cares, or is this always a strict line in the sand? Thanks in advance!