I’ve been spending some time really taking a look at the ways books are written. The classic breakdown has always been Short Stories, Novels, fiction and non-fiction. Short stories can and often are released in collections. For those pursuing their love of writing there has always been the contests submission route in some shape or form. Today there are web forums, blogs, and podcasts for this. Sure contests to get published come up, but the quickest way to get your work in front of an audience would be the first two. A contest will still be very worth while, especially if your work gets picked up!