Thursday, May 10, 2018

54 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is shorter than the normal range of short stories, which are generally 3,000 words or more. The precise length remains somewhat elusive. Some literary journals ask for 2,000 words or less, others set maximum word counts in the hundreds. Each publication has its own style, its own format, and its own needs, so whether your 1,953-word short story qualifies as "flash" is entirely up to the editors.

Flash fiction is very popular. There are dozens of sites where you can read flash fiction on a daily basis. This is perfect for people who are commuting on a train, waiting to see a doctor, or have other brief, potentially interrupted periods of time to fill.

Below is a list of paying markets for flash fiction. I have included links to submission guidelines, payment information, and word counts where available. Make sure you follow their guidelines carefully. (Editors don't consider submissions that fail to follow guidelines.) None of these magazines charge submission fees.

For my excellent list of paying markets, nicely organized by genre and form, see Paying Markets.

Journal Submission Guidelines Payment Notes

more for commissioned work.
Reading period for all submissions: August 16 – April 15

500 words max
$20 Asks for rights "in perpetuity"
Fabula Argentea
$3 Accepts all genres
Flash Fiction Online
$80; reprints $.02 (two cents)
per word
500 to 1000 words

$0.02 per word Under 1,000 words
Every Day Fiction
$3 Up to1,000 words
Opossum $100 (?) Must be related to music

See submission periods
Page and Spine
$0.01/word with a $20 minimum, microflash (up to 150 words) = $5, flash (up to 500 words) = $10, all submissions capped at $30 No simultaneous submissions, 6-month turnaround
The Quilliad
$13 Canadians only

See submission periods
Manawaker Studios $3 Flash fiction podcast

ideal length
is around 800 words, but
stories as short
as 250 or as
long as 1500
may be considered
Craft$100 Reprints accepted (no pay)
Baltimore Review
$40  You can submit up to 3 pieces of flash fiction

See submission periods
The Cafe Irreal 1 cent/word Magical realism

2000 words max
Up to 10 cents/word For teens
The Cincinnati Review
$25/page 500 words maximum

Submit up to 3 pieces
Electric Lit $100 Electric Lit has short, infrequent submission periods
Odyssa $30 Travel themes

700-1500 words
Timeless Tales $20 Fairy tale re-tellings

Under 1,500 words preferred
Bayou Magazine $25  Submission period September 1- May 1
Copper Nickel $30/printed page Submission periods September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1
Winter Tangerine
$50 At least 200 words
Books 'N Pieces 5 cents/word 2,000 words max
Devilfish Review $10 Speculative fiction
Funny Times
$60 Humor

500-700 words
$130 Science fiction

850 - 950 words
The Flash Reads $50 if exclusive to the site No word counts
Pinball $15 Free submissions every other month
Perpetual Motion Machine
1 cent/word Dark fiction
Bards and Sages Quarterly
$10 Up to 500 words

Speculative fiction
PseudoPod $20 Horror

$10 Accepts reprints

Each issue has a theme
"Small" Up to 1000 words

See submission periods

Daily Science Fiction 8 cents/word Speculative fiction only

100 - 1000 words
Bloodbond $8 1200 words max
The Puritan $75 See submission periods

Submissions are free on a limited basis
Nanoism $1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serials Tweets

140 character limit
Disturbed Digest $8 Dark fantasy and horror

1,200 words max
Gathering Storm

$25 Themed issues, see submission periods

Speculative fiction

2,000 words max
Grievous Angel

6 US cents per word Science Fiction, Fantasy, and related speculative fiction
sub-genres, including
Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Horror, Mythos, Steampunk, Cyberpunk,
and Magical Realism, as well Humour/Satire riffs on these genres
750 words max
Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
Reprints: 1¢ per word
Dark fiction
New Myths
1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 Speculative fiction (no horror)

Reading periods June 1-July 31 and from January 1-February 28
Body Parts

$5 Horror

Themed issues, see reading periods

1,000 words or fewer
Perpetual Motion Machine
$25 Horror, science fiction, crime, and noir

1,000 words max
Mad Scientist Journal

$10.00 original, $5.00 reprint Speculative fiction

Themed issues, see reading periods

500-2,000 words: 
Three-lobed Burning Eye
$30 for flash fiction Horror and
dark fantasy, magical realism, slipstream,
cross genre, or weird fiction
Feed Your Monster
£3.50 for original flash fiction. For all reprints, £2.50 Horror

See reading periods

Hinnom Magazine

$30 for stories under 3,000 words Horror, dark fantasy, dark scifi

See reading periods
Arsenika $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry Not bound by genre

See reading periods

Up to 1,000 words
Mithila $10 Under 2,500 words

Speculative fiction
Robbed of Sleep

$5 Horror

100-1,000 words

0.06/word micro fiction; 0.03/word for flash fiction Micro fiction 100 words

Flash fiction 500-1000 words

Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Arcanepunk, Weird Westerns, Cyberpunk, Magic Realism, Gothic Horror, Retrofuturism, Afrofuturism, and other lesser known sub-genres

See reading periods
The Arcanist $50 Medium-based publication, weekly

1000 words max

Speculative fiction
$25 1000 words max
Flash Fiction Magazine $40 300–1000 words
Reflex Press £10  1000 words max
Fractured Lit $50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction 400-1000 words
Middle House Review: Height Chart $25 Up to 1000 words
Baffling Magazine 8 cents/word Under 1,200 words

We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.  
Short Circuit 100 euros for short stories, 50 euros for poems Short stories and poems of maximum 7,500 characters (spaces included) or children's works of maximum 7,000 characters.
42 Stories Anthology 42 cents Stories must be exactly 42 words long and fit into one of 42 categories
Microverses Poetry is $1 USD/line. Payment for fiction is a flat $2.80 USD/piece. Speculative work up to 280 characters long.
Poetry up to 8 lines long.
City. River. Tree. 2 cents/word Flash fiction 100 - 500 words. Reprints accepted
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