Thursday, May 10, 2018

54 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

Updated 8/5/22

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.

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

500 words max
ContraryCLOSED$20Asks for rights "in perpetuity"
Fabula Argentea
$3Accepts all genres
Flash Fiction Online$80; reprints $.02 (two cents)
per word
500 to 1000 words
Brazenhead Review$10Has submission periods
Every Day Fiction
$3Up to 1,000 words
Opossum$100 (?)Must be related to music

See submission periods
Longleaf Review$20 (?)Horror

1000 words max

See submission periods
The Quilliad
$13Canadians only

See submission periods
Manawaker Studios cent/wordFlash fiction podcast

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

See submission periods
The Cafe Irreal cent/wordMagical realism

2000 words max
Up to 10 cents/wordFor teens
The Cincinnati Review
$25/page500 words maximum

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

700-1500 words
Chestnut Review$120All genres

1,000 words max
Bayou Magazine$25 Submission period September 1- May 1
Copper Nickel$30/printed pageSubmission periods September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1
Tales and Feathers cents CAD/wordCozy slice-of-life fantasy short stories

2,500 words max

Has submission periods
Ruminate$20/400 words for proseAlso accepts poetry and art
The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts$50"We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks"

See reading periods
Funny Times

500-700 words
$130Science fiction

850 - 950 words
Jellyfish ReviewCLOSED$251000 words max
UpstreetCLOSED$50Has submission periods
The West ReviewCLOSED$10Flash fiction should be up to 500 words
Bards and Sages Quarterly

$10Up to 500 words

Speculative fiction

$10Accepts reprints

Each issue has a theme
The Temz Review$20If your pieces are fewer than 1000 words each, feel free to submit several pieces at once

See submission periods
Daily Science Fiction cents/wordSpeculative fiction only

100 - 1000 words
 Curiosities$50 for stories under 1000 words
5 cents a word USD for original fiction and a penny a word for reprints
Steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk 
The Ex-Puritan$75See submission periods

Submissions are free on a limited basis
NanoismCLOSED$1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serialsTweets

140 character limit
Gordon Square Review$251,000 words max

See submission periods
The Antihumanist
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5 cents US per wordWeird fiction

1,000 words max
Coastal ShelfCLOSED$30Under 2000 words, under 1000 is even better

See submission periods
Wyldblood Press
£0.01 per word for print and digital rights (to a maximum of £75)
1000 words max for flash fiction

See submission periods
New Myths
3 cents/word with a minimum payment of $50Speculative fiction (no horror)

See reading periods
Curiouser Magazine

(Australia)$20 - $75(AU)Also accepts poetry and short stories up to 5,000 words

See reading periods

Submit up to two pieces of flash fiction (750 words or fewer)
GazeCLOSED$25Accepts poetry, prose, and audio/video projects

See submission periods

Brilliant Flash Fiction$201,000 words or fewer

All genres
Three-lobed Burning Eye
$30 for flash fictionHorror and
dark fantasy, magical realism, slipstream,
cross genre, or weird fiction
Paranoid Tree$50Up to 400 words

Points in Case$10 for lists, $35 stories under 1,000 wordsHumor under 1000 words, lists
Prose Online$15Up to 1,000 words
Mithila$10Under 2,500 words

Speculative fiction
Dark Dispatch$25Dark fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and crime

Themed issues

See reading periods

Up to 1,000 words
Timber Ghost Press$51000 words max


Opens from the 1st to the 10th of every month
The Arcanist$50Medium-based publication, weekly

1000 words max

Speculative fiction
$501000 words max
Flash Fiction Magazine$40

Only pays for stories selected for anthologies
300–1000 words
Liquid ImaginationCLOSED$3Modern fantasy, science fiction, horror, dark fantasy, and literary - poetry and fiction

1000 words max
Fractured Lit$50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction400-1000 words

See submission periods
Middle House Review: Height Chart$25Up to 1000 words

See submission periods
Baffling Magazine cents/wordUnder 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 euros for short stories, 50 euros for poemsShort stories and poems of maximum 7,500 characters (spaces included) or children's works of maximum 7,000 characters.
42 Stories Anthology

42 centsStories must be exactly 42 words long and fit into one of 42 categories

BAM periodically posts new calls on his blog

Microverses 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.

Has submission periods
City. River. Tree. cents/wordFlash fiction 100 - 500 words

Reprints accepted
Dream of ShadowsCLOSED£20Horror and fantasy

Up to 1500 words

Has submission periods
Flash Point Science Fiction$15Speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,000 words in length

Has submission periods
Orion’s Belt cents/wordSpeculative fiction up to 1,200 words
The Masters Review New Voices$100Open to new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length.

1,000 words max
(mac)ro(mic)CLOSED$151,000 words max

See submission periods
Flash Frog$251,000 words max
The Forge Literary Magazine$75Open to all genres and voices 

"We love flash and micro prose."
Scrawl Space$35CNF, Fiction, Poetry, Hybrids

Must be connected to a specific place

900 words max
Havok$10 for each story published in an anthologyMystery, scifi, comedy, thriller, and fantasy

300 - 1000 words

See themes
Aphabet Box$20Fiction, poetry

900 words max

See submission periods
Sage Cigarettes$5 Fiction, nonfiction up to 1000 words

See submission periods
Tales From Between £15 plus a physical copy of the issue. REPRINT: £5 plus a physical copy of the issue.Horror 

Has submission periods
MetaStellar cents/wordScience fiction, fantasy, horror up to 1000 words

See submission periods

A Velvet Giant$20"We are open to work that takes the shape of basically any format: words, recordings, visual art, hybrid forms, etc. We are open to translated original work."
The Lorelei Signal$5Fantasy with strong female characters

1000 words max
Factor Four cents/wordScience fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination up to 1000 words
U.S. Kids

Humpty Dumpty

Jack and Jill$20 - $40 and upFlash fiction and nonfiction for children
Aquila £105Short stories between 1,000 and 1,150 words; Nonfiction articles of 800 words for children
Youth ImaginationCLOSEDFlash 200 to 999 words $3; Short Story 1000 to 8,000 words $8Fiction, including modern, urban or classical fantasy, as well as sci-fi, slipstream, literary, action-adventure or suspense for teens
The Colored Lens$10Speculative fiction 500 words and up
Ripe Fiction$40500 words max

Flash fiction inspired by recent events
Land Luck ReviewCLOSED$100Literary and experimental flash fiction and prose poetry in the following categories: micro fiction or prose poetry under 250 words, and flash fiction or prose poetry between 250 and 500 words.

See submission periods 
The Waking$10Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work up to 1500 words
Tree and Stone$0.02 per word; $20 for artSurrealism, magical realism, fabulism, slipstream, anything that might be deemed unconventional.

1000 words max
Theme of Absence$3 - $5Speculative flash fiction and short stories
Rough Cut Press words max; $25Experimental poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art

LGBTQIA writers only

Themed issues

SFS StoriesCLOSED1000 words max; $25

No pay for reprints
Science fiction and fantasy
Starward Shadows Quarterly$10 for flash fictionDark speculative fiction, flash fiction, art. Cosmic Horror, Sword and Sorcery, and most other subgenres of speculative fiction
Unnerving Magazine$15 for flash fictionHorror and suspense

400 - 1,500 words

See submission periods
The Bureau Dispatch$50 "Our stories often contain a hint of the speculative, a dash of the intriguing." 

500 - 1,500 words

See submission periods
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