At Vinculinc, we believe that stories are meant to be shared. That’s why we’re uniting readers and writers from all over the world via literature’s most underappreciated genre: the short story.
Short stories spread universal messages, lessons, and social commentaries in 15,000 words or less. Although the diverse subject matter and concise length of these tales makes them ideal for both the classroom and the bedside, many readers have never been exposed to short stories. Since publishers reap the highest profits from full-length novels, short stories only appear in printed anthologies – and even then, typically only after the author has garnered some global acclaim from a longer published book. Most writers first draft short stories to perfect their novels, but the publishing industry’s aversion to the genre means that these narratives seldom reach readers. So how do people get their hands on thousands of professionally edited, high-quality short stories without raiding a bookstore? Enter Vinculinc.
The Vinculinc platform was designed in 2015 as the publishing industry’s first fully-integrated online space through which users can access, catalog, save, discuss, download, and purchase anthologies containing both curated, original short stories and classic works. Upon its official launch in spring of 2017, Vinculinc absorbed its subsidiary service, www.publishmyshortstory.com, and continues to offer the world’s only free short story submission portal where writers can send their work for a chance to be exclusively published on Vinculinc.
Ready to join a global community of avid readers and writers? Sign in, above, or check out our FAQs, below.
Creating and Using a Vinculinc Account:
Is it free to create a Vinculinc account?
Absolutely, and it always will be! Anyone with a valid email address can create an account for free.
What can I do once I’ve opened my Vinculinc account?
Brace yourself, because the possibilities are endless! Like to read? Search for a story by one of your favorite writers, or discover a tale written by one of our contemporary authors. Have a question – or comment – about something you read? Engage in a public discussion, or check out what your friends are reading and ask their opinion. Eager to share a story? Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, or by email. Feel a story is amazing – or overrated? Leave a review. Want to gift a friend or family member with a book of classic and modern stories hand-picked by our editors? Purchase an anthology to be shipped to your home. Longing to see your own story in print? Submit a tale to our editing team. Need we go on?
I’m having problems creating my account. What should I do?
First things first: check those pesky spam filters. You should get an email asking you to verify your login address upon creating an account, so please ensure that the message didn’t end up in a trash folder. Having another issue? Contact us at email@example.com.
Reading a Story:
What types of stories are featured on Vinculinc?
Vinculinc is home to thousands of short stories, including loads of classics by international authors, as well as countless stories by our official Vinculinc writers who submitted their original work on www.vinculinc.com. Our writers come from all professions and walks of life, and their tales spotlight topics ranging from poverty to crime-busting cops to undying love to everything in between. Want to learn more about our featured authors? Follow @vinculinc on Facebook and Twitter to read biographies of our contemporary writers.
Are all stories free to read?
Yes, they are! Go ahead and fill up your library with tales, then swap them out for new ones again and again.
Why can’t I print the stories in my library?
It’s important to us that our writers get the credit they deserve. Unfortunately, stories are often misused when they can be printed, copied, and easily circulated. While we encourage you to share stories you love with your family and friends, we ask that you direct them to Vinculinc where they can read those stories for free. Want a printed copy? We don’t blame you! Visit our "Shop" tab and have your favorite stories delivered to your door.
How can I deem if a story is appropriate?
Vinculinc caters to a very wide audience, so we carefully label our stories with genre, topic, and age ratings to indicate the nature of their content. We encourage all users to check these labels before adding a story to their libraries. Please note that stories labeled “17+” contain potentially offensive content which may include foul language, some violence/gore, and/or brief scenes of sexuality.
Buying an Anthology:
How are anthologies priced?
The price of an anthology is dependent on the number and length of stories in the collection. Tax and shipping costs are determined based on the user’s address.
Does Vinculinc ship internationally?
Yes, we do! However, please note that country-specific regulations prevent us from assigning tracking numbers to international orders. Vinculinc cannot be held responsible for lost orders traveling outside of the United States and territories.
Can I purchase my anthology in eBook form?
Yes, very soon! Keep checking back for updates about when you can order an eBook anthology. eBooks will be available for a discounted price and will be delivered to an email address of your choice as a password-protected PDF document.
I purchased an anthology and never got an order confirmation. Who can I contact to check on my order?
We’re sorry to hear that! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make it right.
Submitting a Story:
How many stories can I submit?
There’s no limit to the number of stories you can submit over your lifetime, but we ask that you only send us one story at a time until you hear back from our editing team.
Does it cost money to submit a story?
Never! It is always free to submit a short story on Vinculinc.
Does the submission portal ever close?
No, unlike other publishing houses, Vinculinc is free from black-out periods. You can submit a story at any time on any day of the year.
Help! I can’t access the page where I can submit my story.
You need to be signed in to your Vinculinc account to submit a story. If you are signed in and still can’t access our submission portal, report your issue to email@example.com.
I already wrote my story in a Word or PDF document. Do I have to type my story directly into the submission text box?
You can easily copy and paste a pre-written story into the submission text box, provided the selection is under 15,000 words. Otherwise, simply type your story directly into the box and send it to our team.
When can I expect to hear back from the editing team?
Our editing team is the hardest working group in the publishing industry. We pour through thousands of short stories each month and send a publication decision to each and every writer within two weeks (14 business days). Haven’t heard back from us after two weeks have passed? Check your spam folders; it’s likely that your publication decision never made it to your inbox.
Which types of stories are most likely to be featured on the Vinculinc platform?
The Vinculinc editing team accepts all types of tales… with a few caveats. While our editors read just about everything under the sun, we do not review the following:
- Stories not written in English.
- Stories exclusively licensed to another publishing house, magazine, newspaper, or website.
- Third-party submissions (i.e. stories submitted on behalf of a friend).
- Erotica or stories containing gratuitous sexual content and/or violence.
- Stories containing unnecessary foul language.
- Serialized or incomplete submissions.
- Excerpts from or stories resembling the structure of a novella, novel, or longer piece of literature.
Stories which do not comply with company standards will not be considered by our team.
My story was already published by another website or publication. Can I still submit it to the Vinculinc editing team?
Writers are free to submit stories which have already appeared in other widely-disseminated online or print publications, provided that by doing so they do not infringe on any preexisting rights to the story. If you aren’t sure if submitting your story on Vinculinc will violate your agreement with another company, we encourage you to contact them for clarification before sending your story to us. Want to be on the safe side? We welcome any unpublished or self-published stories you may have in your repertoire.
Why was my story not a fit for the Vinculinc portfolio?
If your story wasn’t selected by our editing team, don’t be discouraged! We are a publishing house – not a self-publishing site – so the large majority of submissions we receive aren’t selected for publication. Since our editors take a holistic approach to curating our portfolio, some well-written pieces may simply not complement the tales currently on (or scheduled to be added to) Vinculinc. Our publication decisions are final, and in efforts to give each submission an equal amount of attention and respect, we do not provide additional feedback or explanation upon request. If you’re itching to know how you can improve your work, the best thing you can do is read other short stories! You can also check out our "Writing Tips and Tricks" on the Vinculinc homepage, learn from your mistakes, and submit a new story for review.
My story wasn’t chosen for publication. Can I edit and resubmit it?
Sorry, but no. Our editors like to give every story equal treatment, so they do not review re-writes of non-finalist stories they have already read. For this reason, we encourage you to wait and submit what you believe to be the best version of your story. Since your lifetime number of submissions has no bearing on your chances of receiving a publication offer, it’s much better to submit one well-constructed story than to send us five low-quality narratives in quick succession.
Let’s say the editing team likes my story. What happens then?
First off, congratulations! Our finalists are among an elite group of writers, and you should be very proud. Enclosed in your finalist letter you will find an edited version of your story complete with annotations and suggestions from our editors. We ask that you take our revisions into account when editing the final draft of your work; our thoughtful suggestions are meant to strengthen your writing, not change your words. Don’t be alarmed if your story looks especially marked up. Even the most seasoned writers’ work needs a little polishing! Once you’ve made the appropriate changes, simply resubmit your edited story on www.vinculinc.com. We ask that you give our editors another two weeks to review your changes. Writers who satisfactorily edit their work will have their stories featured on Vinculinc where they can be read for free or purchased by any Vinculinc user when featured in one of our curated anthologies.
How can I tell if my story has been featured in a Vinculinc anthology?
It takes time to find the perfect stories to complement one another. If your story is added to our platform, it will likely be available to read on Vinculinc before it's included in an anthology. Our team is constantly curating new collections, so we'll be sure to notify you when we add an anthology containing your work to our online store. If you're curious which stories are inside any given anthology, simply click on the collection title to see a table of contents.
Once my story has been added to the Vinculinc platform, can I send it to other publications?
Our editors work very closely with finalist writers to make their stories the best they can be. Since this is a collaborative effort which includes multiple parties contributing their intellectual property, we do not permit writers to send their Vinculinc-approved stories to other publications. You may, however, publish or reprint your story in any anthology comprised entirely of your own work, or in any volume that you edit, provided you acknowledge Vinculinc, Inc. as the original publisher. Should our team discover that a story approved by our editors has been circulated to an unauthorized source, the tale will immediately be removed from Vinculinc and pulled from all anthologies in which it may be featured.
Does the Vinculinc team charge me to publish my story?
Never! On the contrary, we pay you.
How do I get paid for my story?
The Vinculinc sales team tracks each time a story is purchased as part of a printed or electronic anthology, and writers receive a cut every time their tale is sold. Once your earnings reach $100, we’ll let you know and be in touch about where we should send your payment!
I’m still not totally on board. How can I ensure my story isn’t misused by Vinculinc?
There are a lot of scams out there, so we can’t say we blame you. Let’s try and put your mind at ease. Stories are only featured on Vinculinc after finalist writers have signed a Consent to Publish agreement which gives Vinculinc, Inc. permission to sell and distribute their work. Under this contract, writers do retain their author copyright, so rest easy knowing no one is taking undue credit for your story.
The editing team asked me for a recent photograph and a brief author biography. Why do they need this?
Author's headshots serve as their stories’ “cover art” on the Vinculinc platform. Until we receive your photo, your story cover art will remain a generic profile icon. More importantly, we love to spotlight our official writers on our social media platforms to garner support for their work. Our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube followers are constantly inspired by life stories like yours. By sharing your personal journey, you can motivate other writers like you to submit their narratives. If you’re unsure how to craft your profile, check out our Facebook page for examples of previous author bios. Apprehensive about appearing on social media? Just let us know and we’ll keep your photo and bio on Vinculinc, only.
Where can I read stories accepted by the Vinculinc editing team?
Only on Vinculinc, of course! Check out the publication date next to each story; tales labeled 2016 and 2017 were edited and curated by the Vinculinc team.
Still have questions? We’re happy to answer them! Since we are a web-based company, the best way to get a fast response is via email. Shoot us a message at the address below, and we’ll be in touch ASAP.
*Here at Vinculinc, we abide by Disney's "Thumper Philosophy": "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." While we welcome your commentary, we kindly remind you to voice your concerns in a coherent and respectful way. Rudeness never warrants a response; our team does not reply to nasty emails. Thanks for spreading the love!