Friday, August 5, 2022

109 Paying Markets for Flash Fiction

 

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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
Confrontationhttps://confrontation-magazine.org/submit/$175-$250;
more for commissioned work.
Reading period for all submissions: August 16 – April 15

500 words max
Contraryhttp://contrarymagazine.com
/submissions/
$20Asks for rights "in perpetuity"
Fabula Argenteahttp://www.fabulaargentea.com/
index.php
/submissions/
$3Accepts all genres
Flash Fiction Onlinehttps://www.flashfictiononline.com/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/what-were-looking-for-and-not/$80; reprints $.02 (two cents)
per word
500 to 1000 words
Brazenhead Reviewhttps://brazenheadreview.com/About$10Has submission periods
Every Day Fictionhttps://everydayfiction.com
/submit-story/
$3Up to 1,000 words
Opossum http://opossumlit.com/submit/$100 (?)Must be related to music

See submission periods
Longleaf Reviewhttps://longleafreview.com/submissions/$20 (?)Horror

1000 words max

See submission periods
The Quilliadhttps://thequilliad.wordpress.com
/submissions/
$13Canadians only

See submission periods
Manawaker Studioshttp://www.manawaker.com/ffp-submissions/1 cent/wordFlash fiction podcast

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

See submission periods
The Cafe Irrealhttp://cafeirreal.alicewhittenburg.com/1 cent/wordMagical realism

2000 words max
Cicadahttps://cricketmag.submittable.com/
submit
/17820/cicada-magazine-for-ages-14
Up to 10 cents/wordFor teens
The Cincinnati Reviewhttps://www.cincinnatireview.com
/submission_guidelines/
$25/page500 words maximum

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

700-1500 words
Chestnut Reviewhttps://chestnutreview.submittable.com/submit$120All genres

1,000 words max
Bayou Magazinehttps://bayoumagazine.org/submissions/$25 Submission period September 1- May 1
Copper Nickelhttp://copper-nickel.org/submit/$30/printed pageSubmission periods September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1
Tales and Feathershttp://www.augurmag.com/submissions/11 cents CAD/wordCozy slice-of-life fantasy short stories

2,500 words max

Has submission periods
Ruminatehttps://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit$20/400 words for proseAlso accepts poetry and art
The Journal of Compressed Creative Artshttps://matter.submittable.com/submit$50"We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks"

See reading periods
Funny Timeshttps://funnytimes.com/about/
submissions/
$60Humor

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

850 - 950 words
Jellyfish Reviewhttps://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/submissions/$251000 words max
Upstreethttp://upstreet-mag.org/guidelines/$50Has submission periods
The West Reviewhttps://www.westreview.org/submit.html$10Flash fiction should be up to 500 words
Bards and Sages Quarterlyhttps://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/
fiction_submission_guidelines


$10Up to 500 words

Speculative fiction
PseudoPodhttp://pseudopod.org/submissions/$20Horror

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

Each issue has a theme
The Temz Reviewhttps://www.thetemzreview.com/submissions.html$20If your pieces are fewer than 1000 words each, feel free to submit several pieces at once

See submission periods
Daily Science Fictionhttp://dailysciencefiction.com/submit8 cents/wordSpeculative fiction only

100 - 1000 words
 Curiositieshttps://gallerycurious.com/fiction/$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 Puritanhttp://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/$75See submission periods

Submissions are free on a limited basis
Nanoismhttp://nanoism.net/submit/$1.50 for stories and a flat $5 for serialsTweets

140 character limit
Gordon Square Reviewhttp://www.gordonsquarereview.org/submit.html$251,000 words max

See submission periods
The Antihumanisthttps://theantihumanists.com/fiction-submissions/

Website not functioning
5 cents US per wordWeird fiction

1,000 words max
Coastal Shelfhttps://coastalshelf.com/submit/$30Under 2000 words, under 1000 is even better

See submission periods
Wyldblood Presshttps://wyldblood.com/submissions-2/
£0.01 per word for print and digital rights (to a maximum of £75)
1000 words max for flash fiction

See submission periods
New Mythshttps://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths-com-home/submissions
1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30Speculative fiction (no horror)

See reading periods
Curiouser Magazine

(Australia)
https://curiousermag.com/submissions/$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)
Gazehttps://www.gazejournal.net/submit/$25Accepts poetry, prose, and audio/video projects

See submission periods


Brilliant Flash Fictionhttps://brilliantflashfiction.com/submissions/$201,000 words or fewer

All genres
Three-lobed Burning Eyehttp://www.3lobedmag.com/
submissions.html
$30 for flash fictionHorror and
dark fantasy, magical realism, slipstream,
cross genre, or weird fiction
Paranoid Treehttps://www.paranoidtree.com/$50Up to 400 words

Points in Casehttps://www.pointsincase.com/submissions$10 for lists, $35 stories under 1,000 wordsHumor under 1000 words, lists
Prose Onlinehttps://www.prose.onl/submit$15Up to 1,000 words
Mithilahttp://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/$10Under 2,500 words

Speculative fiction
Dark Dispatchhttps://darkdispatch.com/submissions/$25Dark fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and crime

Themed issues

See reading periods

Up to 1,000 words
Timber Ghost Presshttps://www.timberghostpress.com/submissions.html$51000 words max

Horror

Opens from the 1st to the 10th of every month
The Arcanisthttps://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4$50Medium-based publication, weekly

1000 words max

Speculative fiction
Smokelonghttps://smokelong.submittable.com/submit
/128/smokelong-general-submissions
$501000 words max
Flash Fiction Magazinehttps://flashfictionmagazine.com/submissions/$40

Only pays for stories selected for anthologies
300–1000 words
Liquid Imaginationhttps://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submissions/$3Modern fantasy, science fiction, horror, dark fantasy, and literary - poetry and fiction

1000 words max
Fractured Lithttps://fracturedlit.com/submit/$50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction400-1000 words

See submission periods
Middle House Review: Height Charthttps://middlehousereview.submittable.com/submit$25Up to 1000 words

See submission periods
Baffling Magazine


https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions8 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 Circuithttps://short-edition.com/en/contest/short-circuit-short-circuit-02/guidelines100 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 Anthologyhttps://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2018/07/42-stories-anthology.html


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

BAM periodically posts new calls on his blog

Microverseshttps://microverses.net/submissionsPoetry 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.https://cityrivertree.com/submissions/2 cents/wordFlash fiction 100 - 500 words

Reprints accepted
Dream of Shadowshttps://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines£20Horror and fantasy

Up to 1500 words

Has submission periods
Flash Point Science Fictionhttps://flashpointsf.com/submissions/$15Speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,000 words in length

Has submission periods
Orion’s Belthttps://www.orions-belt.net/submissions8 cents/wordSpeculative fiction up to 1,200 words
The Masters Review New Voiceshttps://mastersreview.com/submissions/$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)https://macromic.org/submit/$151,000 words max

See submission periods
Flash Froghttps://flash-frog.com/submit/$251,000 words max
The Forge Literary Magazinehttps://forgelitmag.com/submit/$75Open to all genres and voices 

"We love flash and micro prose."
Scrawl Spacehttps://scrawlplace.com/submit/$35CNF, Fiction, Poetry, Hybrids

Must be connected to a specific place

900 words max
Havokhttps://gohavok.com/submission-guidelines/upcoming-themes/$10 for each story published in an anthologyMystery, scifi, comedy, thriller, and fantasy

300 - 1000 words

See themes
Aphabet Boxhttps://alphabetbox.com/submissions/$20Fiction, poetry

900 words max

See submission periods
Sage Cigaretteshttps://www.sagecigarettes.com/submissions$5 Fiction, nonfiction up to 1000 words

See submission periods
Tales From Betweenhttps://talesfrombetween.wordpress.com/submissions/$20Horror up to 1000 words

Has submission periods
MetaStellarhttps://www.metastellar.com/write-for-us/flash-fiction-story-submission/8 cents/wordScience fiction, fantasy, horror up to 1000 words

See submission periods

A Velvet Gianthttps://www.avelvetgiant.com/submit$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 Signalhttps://www.loreleisignal.com/guidelines$5Fantasy with strong female characters

1000 words max
Factor Fourhttp://factorfourmag.com/submissionsinfo/11 cents/wordScience fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination up to 1000 words
U.S. Kids

Humpty Dumpty

Jack and Jill
https://uskidsmags.com/writers-guidelines/$20 - $40 and upFlash fiction and nonfiction for children
Aquilahttps://www.aquila.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/AQUILA-author%E2%80%99s-guidelinesSep2019.pdf £105Short stories between 1,000 and 1,150 words; Nonfiction articles of 800 words for children
Youth Imaginationhttps://youthimagination.org/index.php/yi-submissionsFlash 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 Lenshttp://thecoloredlens.com/?page_id=137752$10Speculative fiction 500 words and up
Ripe Fictionhttps://www.ripefiction.com/submissions$40500 words max

Flash fiction inspired by recent events
Land Luck Reviewhttp://landluckreview.com/submissions/$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 Wakinghttps://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit$10Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work up to 1500 words
Tree and Stonehttps://www.tree-and-stone.com/submissions$0.02 per word; $20 for artSurrealism, magical realism, fabulism, slipstream, anything that might be deemed unconventional.

1000 words max
Theme of Absencehttps://themeofabsence.com/submission-guidelines/$3 - $5Speculative flash fiction and short stories
Rough Cut Presshttps://roughcutpress.com/submit/650 words max; $25Experimental poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art

LGBTQIA writers only

Themed issues


SFS Storieshttps://sfsstories.com/1000 words max; $25

No pay for reprints
Science fiction and fantasy
Starward Shadows Quarterlyhttps://starwardshadows.com/submissions/$10 for flash fictionDark speculative fiction, flash fiction, art. Cosmic Horror, Sword and Sorcery, and most other subgenres of speculative fiction
Unnerving Magazinehttps://www.unnervingbooks.com/submissions$15 for flash fictionHorror and suspense

400 - 1,500 words

See submission periods
The Bureau Dispatch https://www.bureaudispatch.com/submissions$50 "Our stories often contain a hint of the speculative, a dash of the intriguing." 

500 - 1,500 words

See submission periods
The Offinghttps://theoffingmag.submittable.com/submit$25 - $100, depending on length and departmentBack of the envelope seeks writing of any length which relates to, or draws on, science and the natural world

The offing also publishes art, fiction, CNF, poetry, micro-fiction, translations, and humor
101 Wordshttps://101words.org/submit-your-stories/$10 for flash fiction anthologiesStories of exactly 101 words
Fantasy Magazinehttps://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines8 cents/wordFlash fiction up to 1500 words

Fantasy
The Maul https://themaulmag.com/submissions/8 cents/word for original fiction, 2 cents/word for reprintsHorror between 100 and 3,000 words.
Etherea Magazinehttps://ethereamagazine.com/submissions/$25 for flash fiction (1000 words max)Australian publication

Fantasy and science fiction, 500 to 1000 words for flash fiction
Midnight and Indigohttps://www.midnightandindigo.com/write-for-us/$100 - $200Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, and Personal Essays written by Black women writers

1500 words minimum 
The First Linehttp://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm$25.00 - $50.00 for fictionFiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided

300 - 5,000 words - all genres
Short Story Substackhttps://shortstory.substack.com/p/coming-soon?s=r$1006 words - 10,000 words, any genre
Trampsethttps://trampset.org/submissions-6e83932b0985$253,000 words max - any genre
Apogee/Perigeehttps://apogeejournal.org/submit-perigee/$50Under 1000 words
Stanchionhttps://www.stanchionzine.com/submissions$10Stanchion is looking for original, never-before-published short stories (3000-ish word max), flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, prose poems, stray thoughts, short screenplays, monologues, experimental work, interviews with inanimate objects, reviews of everyday items and moments, comics, black & white photography (vertical, portrait-oriented images are preferred), black & white drawings, black & white collage art, and other evocative images of mixed media artwork (you guessed it, also in black and white).
The Suburban Reviewhttps://thesuburbanreview.com/submit/1000-2000 words (payment $200) 500-1000 words (payment $150) AUDPoetry, prose and art on themes
Aothen Magazinehttps://aothenmagazine.com/#work$10Ancient Greece/Roman/Egyptian related poetry, fiction (1000 words max), nonfiction (2500 words max), art, translations
Book Wormshttps://rsaintclaire.com/8 cents/wordHorror

Short fiction 500 – 3000 words
Saseehttps://sasee.com/submissions/#writer-guidelinesVariesEssays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women

500-1000 words
Pride Quarterlyhttps://pridebookcafe.com/pride-quarterly/?v=7516fd43adaa$0.08/word for the first 1,000 words and $0.01/word after for original fiction. $0.01/word for reprints. $15 for poems. They also pay a minimum of $100 for cover art, $50 per page for comics, and $25 for reviews on bookish QTBIPOC topics.Genre fiction magazine for QTBIPOC creators

"We’re particularly interested in romance, historical fiction, mystery & crime, thriller & suspense, horror, science fiction, and fantasy."

Flash - up to 1000 words

Accepts reprints
Abandon Journalhttps://abandonjournal.submittable.com/submit$15Flash - up to 1000 words
Sci-fi Shortshttps://www.scifishorts.co/write-with-usPercentage of pooled royaltiesUp to 1000 words

Science fiction
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