Last week Amazon Publishing released StoryFront, a new \u2018imprint\u2019 (a category for publications made by Amazon, as opposed to self-published pieces) that focuses on the short story form.\r\n\r\nShort stories that will be available to buy and download are selected by Amazon Publishing from their weekly literary journal Day One, and sell for around 0.99 cents per story.\r\n\r\nWith our movement into a digital age of publishing, it\u2019s only natural that short stories follow the success of novels when it comes to e-readers. For casual readers who might not have the time, short stories provide a quick-fix story experience. Daphne Durham of Amazon Publishing\u2019s Adult Trade and Children\u2019s Group said in a recent press release that:\r\nBased on the continued success of short fiction on Kindle as well as the enthusiastic response to Day One\u2014we received thousands of subscriptions in the first week\u2014we know readers are hungry for short stories and excited about exploring new genres\r\nSo, StoryFront is a good thing, right?\r\n\r\nStoryFront: Amazon's new imprint for short stories\u2026Image Credit: Maria Elena, Creative Commons.\r\n\r\nWell, at a glance, it could be good and bad. It\u2019ll be great for readers who want something to read while they\u2019re waiting for the bus, and who know they\u2019ll be getting what StoryFront is labelling 'Literary Fiction'. It\u2019ll be good for writers who have their foot in the door with Amazon and are likely to be chosen to be published.\r\n\r\nBut this may leave emerging authors at a bit of a disadvantage. By choosing a select number of stories to privately publish and sell on Kindles, will new and self-published writers be deemed \u2018lower quality\u2019 by the e-reader market? Will readers be less likely to buy stories from authors they\u2019ve never heard of? This seems to be an ongoing dilemma that writers, readers, and the publishing industry have been struggling with for years.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s important to remember is that while StoryFront is a great project when it comes to the digitisation of short stories, there are plenty of other places to submit your writing, and there are plenty of people who will read the works of fresh new writers.\r\n\r\nSubmitting to Writer\u2019s Edit is a great place to start. We\u2019re here to support new and emerging writers and that means publishing your prose, poetry, and non-fiction.\r\n\r\nThere are also plenty of other literary journals (both print and online) that want your writing and don\u2019t care whether you\u2019ve signed a publishing deal.\r\n\r\nIn short, keep an eye on the short story publications industry: it\u2019s definitely on the move and ready for mass consumption, StoryFront is proof of that. Write down your ideas, perfect your techniques, and submit as much writing as you can, because short stories are making a comeback.