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    Word length question

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by CatnipCupid, May 5, 2013.

    Hi, I was on The New Yorker's submission page, and I noticed there was no mention of story length. Would anyone happen to know the answer?
     
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    I can't find a length specification there, either. My best guess is to look at some recent issues and average out the story lengths.

    The New Yorker gets about 4,000 submissions per month, and only publishes one story per week. All other things being equal, you have a 1/1000 chance of being accepted. I hope your story is REALLY good!

    Best of luck!
     
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    Thanks, Minstrel. I'm just curious. From the stories I've read, the word count went from 900-8,000, so far.
     
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    Perhaps you can take a look at the guidelines of other prestigious magazines and see what their lengths are. I'm assuming The New Yorker has similar requirements. Of course, The New Yorker tends to draw from established writers, so I doubt the word count is ever really an issue for the editors.

    By the way, I once submitted to The New Yorker but never heard back from them. Hopefully that doesn't happen to you. Good luck!
     
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    Thanks, thirdwind. I'm going to do just that :)
     
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    i submitted to them many years ago and got a nice rejection letter... have no idea how long/short they want...
     
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    Well, at least you heard back from them.
     

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