Updated 08/9/2015

ALERT: All Open Office or Libre Office users:  Due to an incompatibility problem, when an Open Office or Libre Office file is converted to a .doc file the last line of text disappears in our Submittable Document Viewer.  To prevent this from happening to your story, PLEASE add a blank line at the end of your story by hitting 'Enter' after the last line.  For good measure, add 'END' followed by a blank line.

We are currently OPEN to all submission categories.

No erotica, porn, graphic sex, or violence.  
Please do not use Flash Fiction Online to fulfill school assignments.




1. STORY LENGTH: 500 to 1000 words (up to 1100 words with the caveat that if accepted the story will have to be cut to 1000 words.) Submissions of fewer than 500 words or more than 1100 words WILL be returned unread. Please include an exact word count.

2. WE WILL OPEN TO REPRINTS ON MARCH 1, 2015. Payment is $.02 (two cents) per word. You must include where the piece has been published before. All general guidelines apply. We do not publish poetry, nor do we publish fiction with poetry-like formatting.

3. No simultaneous submissions. This means that you must not submit your story to us AND another market or contest at the same time.

4. FORMAT: doc., rtf., or txt. files only. No docx. Standard manuscript format.
***I MUCH prefer Times New Roman or a similar font.  Please do not use a Courier font.  I hate them.

5. Omit all author information (including your name) from the text body, headers, and text file name. Include author information in the cover letter only. This allows anonymity in our selection process, and ensures that stories are selected entirely on merit - not previous publication credits.

6. We do accept multiple submissions. Submit multiple submissions as a SEPARATE submission for each story—DO NOT submit multiple stories in one Submishmash submission form or in one text document. DO NOT submit more than 3 stories at once.

7. No resubmissions or rewrites of previously rejected stories will be accepted unless specifically requested by the Editor-in-Chief.


8. ON STORY: Flash fiction is very short but still a story, complete with a resolved plot and strong, interesting characters. Flash fiction is not a story synopsis or a scene from a novel.

For a pretty good article (if I do say so myself) on writing flash fiction, follow THIS LINK, The Slushpile Avalanche: http://slusheditor.blogspot.com/2010/01/managing-story-length.html

9. ON HARD SELLS: Check out our short list.

10. ON RESPONSE TIME AND QUERIES: We are an open submission market. Please don’t query prior to submitting. Query only to ask about the status of an already-submitted story. Our response time ranges from 2 to 10 weeks. Queries are only for stories that have already been submitted. Please do not query until at least 8 weeks after submission. Send queries to editor@flashfictiononline.com. Include QUERY in the subject line.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are unable to give personal feedback or critiques.

SFWA Qualification

Publication in Flash Fiction Online counts toward the requirements for membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).
Although the SFWA recognizes this magazine as a professional market, we frequently publish literary fiction and other genres.

Payment and Rights

Here is our FFO Sample Contract: http://flashfictiononline.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FFO-Sample-Contract-.pdf

As of April 1, 2014, we pay sixty dollars ($60) per story for original fiction. This payment provides us with first electronic rights, including HTML, PDF, plain text, and MP3 (audio) formats. Distribution will be through this Web site and a variety of other electronic means, including but not exclusively epub, mobi, and pdf. This payment also provides us with a non-exclusive one-time right to publish the stories in an anthology. For reprints, we pay $.02 (two cents) per word for nonexclusive rights.

All other rights for the work remain with the author.

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Suzanne Vincent
Editor in Chief
Flash Fiction Online