Thursday, May 10, 2018

54 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

Updated 5/7/22

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.

Journal Submission Guidelines Payment Notes
Confrontation $175-$250;
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
Brazenhead Review $10 Has submission periods
Every Day Fiction
$3 Up to 1,000 words
Opossum $100 (?) Must be related to music

See submission periods
Page and Spine NO LONGER OFFERING PAYMENT No simultaneous submissions, 6-month turnaround
The Quilliad
$13 Canadians only

See submission periods
Manawaker Studios 1 cent/word 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
Chestnut Review $120 All genres

1,000 words max
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
Matchbook $20 1000 words max

Has submissions periods
Ruminate $20/400 words for prose Also 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
$60 Humor

500-700 words
$130 Science fiction

850 - 950 words
Jellyfish Review $25 1000 words max
Upstreet $50 Has submission periods
The West Review $10 Flash fiction should be up to 500 words
Bards and Sages Quarterly

$10 Up to 500 words

Speculative fiction
PseudoPod $20 Horror

$10 Accepts reprints

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

See submission periods
Daily Science Fiction 8 cents/word Speculative fiction only

100 - 1000 words
Claw and Blossom

On hiatus
$25 1000 words max

Focus on natural world

Submit early in month to avoid submission feee
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
Gordon Square Review $25 1,000 words max

See submission periods
The Antihumanist 5 cents US per word Weird fiction

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

See submission periods
Unpublished Fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max
Reprints: 1¢ per word
Dark fiction

See submission periods
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
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)
Gaze $25 Accepts poetry, prose, and audio/video projects

See submission periods

Brilliant Flash Fiction $20 1,000 words or fewer

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

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

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

Themed issues

See reading periods

Up to 1,000 words
Timber Ghost Press $5 1000 words max


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

1000 words max

Speculative fiction
$50 1000 words max
Flash Fiction Magazine $40

Only pays for stories selected for anthologies
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

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

See submission periods
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

BAM periodically posts new calls on his blog

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.

Has submission periods
City. River. Tree. 2 cents/word Flash fiction 100 - 500 words

Reprints accepted
Dream of Shadows £20 Horror and fantasy

Up to 1500 words
Flash Point Science Fiction $15 Speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,000 words in length

Has submission periods
Orion’s Belt 8 cents/word Speculative fiction up to 1,200 words
The Masters Review New Voices $100 Open 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) $15 1,000 words max

See submission periods
Flash Frog $25 1,000 words max
The Forge Literary Magazine. $75 Open to all genres and voices 

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

Must be connected to a specific place

900 words max
The Razor $100 2000 words max
Aphabet Box $20 Fiction, poetry

900 words max

See submission periods
Sage Cigarettes $10  Fiction, nonfiction up to 1000 words

See submission periods
Tales From Between $20 Horror up to 1000 words

Has submission periods
MetaStellar 8 cents/word Science 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."
Gumshoe 5 cents/word up to $50 Short fiction mysteries and nonfiction articles about the mystery field

1000 words max
Factor Four 11 cents/word Science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination up to 1000 words
U.S. Kids

Humpty Dumpty

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

Flash fiction inspired by recent events
Land Luck Review $100 Literary 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 $10 Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work up to 1500 words
Tree and Stone $0.02 per word; $20 for art Surrealism, magical realism, fabulism, slipstream, anything that might be deemed unconventional.

1000 words max
Frost Zone Zine CLOSED Flash Fiction 400-1000 words $12.00 CAD Poetry $8.00 CAD Dark Fiction, Quiet Horror, and Poetry
Rough Cut Press 650 words max; $25 Experimental poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art

LGBTQIA writers only

SFS Stories 1000 words max; $25

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

400 - 1,500 words
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