FLASH FICTION ONLINE IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO ALL SUBMISSION CATEGORIES! REPRINTS WILL BE CLOSING END OF DAY (11:59pm Eastern) OCTOBER 15, 2020. We will likely open up again in the new year. Please check back to this page for the latest status update.

Want to be a Slush Reader?  We hire readers as needed.  If you wish to be considered the next time we're looking, fill out an application here:

 https://ffo.submittable.com/submit/18cd21f1-a422-4259-8e2f-20fd514406b0/wanted-slush-readers 


SUBMISSIONS:

Thank you for thoroughly reading our guidelines!

Updated: 12 September 2019

Flash Fiction Online is an open-genre publication and is currently OPEN to all submission categories.  Please no erotica, graphic sex, or egregious violence.  We also frown on the gratuitous use of expletives.

Flash Fiction Online accepts REPRINTS.  Please submit in the REPRINT category.  Payment is $.02 (two cents) per word.  All other guidelines apply.

Flash Fiction Online strives to publish fiction that presents the full variety of humanity in its pages. As such, we encourage submissions from writers of every stripe.

What are we looking for?

We consider flash fiction a complete story in a tiny package.  We want developed, empathetic characters and discernible, resolved plots.  Please no non-fiction or poetry.

ALERTS:

  1. Open Office or Libre Office users:  Due to an incompatibility issue, 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.
  2. Please do not use Flash Fiction Online to fulfill school assignments.
  3. We are currently not accepting parent/child themed stories or stories set in a bar/saloon/tavern.  

THE IMPORTANT STUFF:

1. WE ACCEPT ORIGINAL, UNPUBLISHED FICTION. Stories published previously may be submitted to our REPRINT category.  

2. STORY LENGTH: 500 to 1000 WORDS.  Stories of fewer than 500 words or more than 1000 words will be immediately rejected.  No exceptions.

3. NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.  No exceptions.

4. WE DO ACCEPT MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS.  You may have up to three stories in our slush pile at any given time.  Each story must be submitted separately.

5. OMIT ALL AUTHOR IDENTIFYING INFORMATION FROM THE STORY FILE.  This includes name, address, phone, email, etc.  Make sure to remove author information from bylines, headers, and footers, the file name, etc. Include author information in the cover letter box of the submission form only.

6. INDICATED SCENE BREAKS ARE REQUIRED!  Please denote scene breaks with # or *.  

7.  We DO NOT accept 3rd-party translations--translations of stories that are not the intellectual property of the submitter.  

HELPFUL STUFF:

(The stuff that will make a good impression)

1.  ON FONT: The Editor MUCH prefers Times New Roman.  Courier fonts are severely frowned upon.

2. ON MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING:  Standard Manuscript Format, but with all author information removed from the manuscript.

3. ON PARAGRAPHS:  Use them.

4.  ON COVER LETTERS: https://alexshvartsman.com/2016/05/09/how-to-write-a-proper-short-story-cover-letter/

5.  ON ORIGINALITY: We see many of the same types of stories, as well as many types of stories with themes we simply don’t enjoy.  Check out this short list of Hard Sells.

WANT MORE?  NAVIGATING SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

OTHER STUFF:

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 days to 10 weeks.  Please do not query until at least 8 weeks after submission. Send queries to flashfictiononline@gmail.com. Include QUERY in the subject line.


Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are unable to give personal feedback or critiques.  Please don't ask.

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

As of September 1, 2019, we pay eighty dollars ($80) per story for original fiction. Original fiction means 'previously unpublished.'  This payment provides us with first electronic rights, including HTML, PDF, plain text, and MP3 (audio) formats. Distribution will be through the Flash Fiction Online website 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 non-exclusive rights.

All other rights for the work remain with the author.

Want to know more about us?

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Suzanne Vincent
Editor in Chief
Flash Fiction Online

Sword and Sorcery to Urban, any story with speculative elements that can't otherwise be classified as Horror or Science Fiction. Also Slipstream, a relatively new subgenre that 'slips' smoothly between speculative genres, combining, for example, Horror and High Fantasy, or Science Fiction and Steampunk. If your story can't be easily categorized as Science Fiction but contains speculative elements, it probably belongs here.

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.

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Hard-core to Space Opera, Frank Herbert to Michael Crichton-esque, science fiction utilizes science (current, near-future, or far out in space and time) as a central theme.

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.

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NOT Gore. We don't publish gore. And there is a difference. If you can make our spines shiver without unnecessarily grossing us out, you might just have a horror story. Think Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window rather than Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.

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This genre probably comprises the bulk of the submissions we receive, and that’s great! We’ve published some fantastic examples of mainstream fiction. It is fiction that appeals to a wide reading audience. It’s more about plot and characters and less about those elements that might classify it as any other genre. It’s generally devoid of speculative fiction elements.

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.

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A genre in which the sophisticated technique of the writing itself prevails over all other elements. We love excellent writing! However, Flash Fiction Online prefers stories with characters and plot (beginning, middle, end — conflict and resolution). If you want to sell us literary fiction, those elements should be present.

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.


Make 'em laugh!

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.


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Subscribe to Flash Fiction Online (12 Issues for $9.99).

Christmas story? Halloween? April Fool's Day? Mother's Day? Hanukkah? Please submit seasonal stories at least 3 months before the month of the event, and include in your cover letter the event your story honors (or lampoons. Whatever.).

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.

Support Flash Fiction Online on Patreon.


Subscribe to Flash Fiction Online (12 Issues for $9.99).

Mystery, Suspense-Thriller, Romance, Western, Historical, or anything that just doesn't quite fit anywhere else.

Remember, no author name anywhere in the body of the story (including headers), or in the document file name.

ALL REPRINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE REPRINT CATEGORY. ALL OTHERS WILL BE RETURNED UNREAD.

Support Flash Fiction Online on Patreon.


Subscribe to Flash Fiction Online (12 Issues for $9.99).

This is an application form for the position of Slush Reader at Flash Fiction Online.  DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT A STORY FOR POTENTIAL PUBLICATION

We reserve the right to close for applications at any time, without notice.

Pay: $0

Time commitment: 3-5 hours/week

Location: Any/Online


Flash Fiction Online is currently the largest flash-fiction-only magazine on the web, with 55,000+ hits/month.  We are an SFWA qualifying market.  We accept submissions in most genres, including literary, mainstream, science fiction, fantasy, horror, humor, etc.  We are an English language publication but accept submissions from all over the world.  


Slush readers come and slush readers go.  As needed, we hire new slush readers to fill vacancies.  Submitting this application form will add you to the queue of potential candidates for the next time we hire.  Applications may be rejected at any time and for any reason.  

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.


A strong candidate will:

*responsibly meet commitments and maintain timely communication with managing staff, 

*have above-average knowledge of English grammar and the mechanics of fiction writing,

*be able to read, appreciate, and fairly judge stories regardless of genre or style,

*be comfortable reading a broad variety of culturally influenced literature from authors of varying nationalities,

*be able to give constructive criticism and positive feedback,

*get along well with a large and diverse team of co-workers.

A background in literary critique/criticism is helpful, but not required. 


This position is an excellent learning opportunity for aspiring fiction writers and a resume-builder for those aspiring for paid work in the publishing/editing industry.


Slush readers are expected to read and vote on 20 to 30 very short (500 to 1000 words) stories per week.  Additionally, readers are strongly encouraged to participate in a monthly winnowing session in which semi-final selections are read and discussed--with constructive critique--prior to the editor's final selections.


In the box provided, give a short (<250 words) resume.  Also, please download a short (<500 words) sample of your writing.  At some point, you may receive a short (<1000 words) sample of someone else's writing to critique as part of the selection process.


If, for any reason, you wish to Withdraw your application, please do so using your Submittable Portal.


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