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Story is a print publication devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative with a focus on fiction and nonfiction. Since 1931, work that originally appeared in Story has been reprinted dozens of times in editions of The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The Prize Stories.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee is USD $3.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1931

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 3 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Novella Novella15,000 - 25,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.


Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment. Details: USD $10 per page.


Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

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STORY Magazine Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 427 reports from 339 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported5 min | 134.3 mean avg | 136.0 median | 296 max days (40.0 std dev)
Responses88.06 %
Acceptances0.94 % of submissions accepted (120.3 avg. days per acceptance) | 1.18 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections87.12 % (139.0 avg. days per rejection) | 38.7 % personal, 44.4 % form, 16.9 % unspecified | 0.2 % rewrite requests
Non-Responses11.94 %
Never Responded1.17 % (253.6 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals10.77 % (84.6 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending149 responses are pending (1 min | 79.4 mean avg | 77.0 median | 308 max days waiting | 52.6 std dev) from 146 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 150 days. (28.6 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 150 days.)
The most common submission fee paid: USD $3.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 17 May 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 01 Jan 2024.

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Last Updated: 06 May 2024
Last Audited: 03 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 13 Jun 2014

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