Thursday, May 10, 2018

53 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

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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
Confrontation http://confrontationmagazine.org
/submit/
$175-$250;
more for commissioned work.
Reading period for all submissions: August 16 – April 15

500 words max
Contrary http://contrarymagazine.com
/submissions/
$20 Asks for rights "in perpetuity"
Fabula Argentea http://www.fabulaargentea.com/
index.php
/submissions/
$3 Accepts all genres
Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main
/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/
$60; reprints $.02 (two cents)
per word
500 to 1000 words
Splickety http://splickety.com/submission-guidelines/ $0.02 per word Under 1,000 words
Every Day Fiction https://everydayfiction.com
/submit-story/
$3 Up to1,000 words
Opossum  http://opossumlit.com/submissions/ $100 (?) Must be related to music
Page and Spine http://www.pagespineficshowcase.com
/submissions--supporters.html
$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 https://thequilliad.wordpress.com
/submissions/
$13 Canadians only
Manawaker Studios http://www.manawaker.com/ffp-submissions/ $3 Flash fiction podcast

he ideal length is around 800 words, but stories as short as 250 or as long as 1500 may be considered
Craft https://www.craftliterary.com/submit/$100 Reprints accepted (no pay)
Baltimore Review http://baltimorereview.org/index.php
/submit
$40  You can submit up to 3 pieces of flash fiction

See submission periods
The Cafe Irreal http://cafeirreal.alicewhittenburg.com/ 1 cent/word Magical realism

2000 words max
Cicada https://cricketmag.submittable.com/
submit
/17820/cicada-magazine-for-ages-14
Up to 10 cents/word For teens
The Cincinnati Review https://www.cincinnatireview.com
/submission_guidelines/
$25/page 500 words maximum

Submit up to 3 pieces
Electric Lit https://electricliterature.com/submit-ebdd3b73083a $100 Electric Lit has short, infrequent submission periods
Odyssa https://odyssamagazine.com/submit/ $30 Travel themes

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

Under 1,500 words preferred
Bayou Magazine https://bayoumagazine.org/submissions/ $25  Submission period September 1- May 1
Copper Nickel http://copper-nickel.org/submit/ $30/printed page Submission periods September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1
Winter Tangerine http://www.wintertangerine.com
/submit/
$50 At least 200 words
Books 'N Pieces http://www.altpublish.com/writer-guidelines/ 5 cents/word 2,000 words max
Devilfish Review https://devilfishreview.com/submission-guidelines/ $10 Speculative fiction
Funny Times https://funnytimes.com/about/
submissions/
$60 Humor

500-700 words
Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/
2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/
$130 Science fiction

850 - 950 words
The Flash Reads https://www.flashfictionwriting.com/apply-to-write $50 if exclusive to the site No word counts
Pinball http://www.thisispinball.com/submit/ $15 Free submissions every other month
Perpetual Motion Machine http://perpetualpublishing.com
/submissions/
1 cent/word Dark fiction
Bards and Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/
fiction_submission_guidelines
$10 Up to 500 words

Speculative fiction
PseudoPod http://pseudopod.org/submissions/ $20 Horror

Podcast
THEMA http://themaliterarysociety.com
/submissions.html
$10 Accepts reprints

Each issue has a theme
Banshee http://bansheelit.tumblr.com/
submissionsguidelines
"Small" Up to 1000 words

See submission periods

Ireland
Daily Science Fiction http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit 8 cents/word Speculative fiction only

100 - 1000 words
Bloodbond http://albanlake.com/bloodbond/ $8 1200 words max
The Puritan http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/ $75 See submission periods

Submissions are free on a limited basis
Nanoism http://nanoism.net/submit/ $1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serials Tweets

140 character limit
Disturbed Digest http://albanlake.com/guidelines-disturbed/ $8 Dark fantasy and horror

1,200 words max
Gathering Storm https://www.gatheringstormmagazine.com
/guidelines
$25 Themed issues, see submission periods

Speculative fiction

2,000 words max
Grievous Angel http://www.grievousangel.org/ 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
LampLight http://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/
Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
Reprints: 1¢ per word
Dark fiction
New Myths https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com
/nmwebsite/submissions
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 http://www.bodypartsmagazine.com
/submissions.html
$5 Horror

Themed issues, see reading periods

1,000 words or fewer
Perpetual Motion Machine http://perpetualpublishing.com/2014
/08/27/call-for-submissions-flash-fiction/
$25 Horror, science fiction, crime, and noir


1,000 words max
Mad Scientist Journal http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/ $10.00 original, $5.00 reprint Speculative fiction

Themed issues, see reading periods

500-2,000 words: 
Three-lobed Burning Eye http://www.3lobedmag.com/
submissions.html
$30 for flash fiction Horror and dark fantasy, magical realism, slipstream, cross genre, or weird fiction
Feed Your Monster https://www.feedyourmonster.eu
/submissions
£3.50 for original flash fiction. For all reprints, £2.50 Horror
Hinnom Magazine https://gehennaandhinnom.wordpress.com
/2017/12/13/call-for-submissions-hinnom-magazine-2018-bi-monthly-weird-fiction-and-cosmic-horror/
$30 for stories under 3,000 words Horror, dark fantasy, dark scifi

See reading periods
Arsenika http://arsenika.ink/submissions/ $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry Not bound by genre

See reading periods

Up to 1,000 words
Mithila http://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/ $10 Under 2,500 words

Speculative fiction
Robbed of Sleep http://www.robbedofsleep.xyz/p/submissions
.html
$5 Horror

100-1,000 words
Helios http://heliosquarterly.com/index.php
/submissions/
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 https://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4 $50 Medium-based publication, weekly

1000 words max

Speculative fiction
Smokelong https://smokelong.submittable.com/submit
/128/smokelong-general-submissions
$25 1000 words max
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