What makes a short story stand out to you? What must a short story have to be publishable?
The same thing as for any good writing—a strong character I can relate to, a plot of some sort, plus a twist. That twist is especially important for a short story—it's that thing that makes you think, the idea you keep coming back to days or months after you've read it.
I found some sites that talk about writing short stories:
- Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers
- What Makes a Good Short Story?
- Common Faults in Short Stories (this one is especially good)
Is there a benefit to writing short stories if there isn't much of a market?
Absolutely! It's a great way to practice writing and to sharpen your skills. Even if you never sell your stories, it will help with your writing development. Here's how: