Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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publish a short story (read all 3 entries…)
Definitely worth the postage costs

I shined up some literary short stories I wrote and, after doing some decent market research, sent them to literary magazines. Shockingly, in my first round of submissions, I got accepted and published by a small, but definitely national journal, and paid $100, which was huge for my self-esteem. I’ve now sent out three rounds of submissions and am working on a 4th – and I just had a second story accepted last month! My advice is, revise and edit your best work, skim lots of journals to see who publishes stuff like you write, follow the submission guidelines exactly, and GO FOR IT! Even the rejection letters can make you feel brave, and sometimes they have nice notes on them. Good luck :)


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Yes, fiction. I write ethnic literary fiction in basically the same vein as Sandra Cisneros or Julia Alvarez. My “big” goal is a short story collection in book form, so I’m making my stories linked together through a single family and group of friends. But getting articles published is also doable, it’s just slightly different because I think you have to query before sending the piece.

It’s nice to try out the short story market because you can actually get published without an agent (and you can’t with a book.) Then when you write a whole book and start querying agents, you have something to say – “my short fiction has been published in X and X magazines.” Good luck!


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