Yesterday evening, I attended Sarah Totton's workshop on short story writing.
Along with nine other aspiring writers, I listened to a very entertaining and inspiring workshop. Sarah has been writing short stories for awhile and has entered a number of contests with varying degrees of success. She is very persistent and dedicated to her craft; she actually entered the Writers of the Future Contest 17 times!!
She provided us with a number of valuable tips regarding the submission guidelines and process. We also learned about flash fiction--short stories less than 1000 words--and the different payment schedules that exist.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that no query letter is required when sending out short stories. Sarah suggested that we find out the name of the fiction editor and send him./her the complete manuscript with a short cover letter that can be pasted into the email document.
Although I haven't written a short story in years, I am inspired to write one now.