Updated: 5 December 2016

Flash Fiction Online is currently OPEN to all submission categories.

THANK YOU for thoroughly reading our guidelines! (Do it.  You may wish you had, because I am JUST in the mood to dump your story in the trash if you don't follow the rules.  Thank you!  ~The Editor)

 

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. We particularly like to see stories from writers whose backgrounds are not well-represented in the field of short fiction, whether it be due to race/ethnicity, religion, ability, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or something not listed in this statement.

 

ALERTS:

 1.     All 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.    AS OF MARCH 1, 2015, WE ARE OPEN TO REPRINTS. Please submit Reprints in the REPRINT category.  Reprints submitted through any other category will be returned unread.  Payment is $.02 (two cents) per word. You must include where the piece has been published before. All general guidelines apply. 

3.    No erotica, porn, graphic sex, or egregious violence.  

4.    Please do not use Flash Fiction Online to fulfill school assignments.

5.    We are an American-based, English language publication.  It is imperative that authors use correct English grammar, syntax, and spelling (Yank or Anglo spellings are acceptable). 

6.  Paragraphs, people.  We like them.  Please use them.  Seriously.  I look at a solid block of text and my brain begins to bleed.  





THE IMPORTANT STUFF:

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 rejected unread. Please include an exact word count in the box provided. All genres are welcome.

Use Microsoft Word to count words, OR you can use one of zillions of FREE wordcount internet sites.  These two match Word's count:

http://easywordcount.com/

https://wordcounter.io/


2. STORIES ONLY!  We do not publish poetry, nor do we publish fiction with poetry-like formatting.  We also do not publish non-fiction essays articles.  

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

4. FORMAT: doc., docx., rtf., or txt. files only.
***I MUCH prefer Times New Roman or a similar font.  Please do not use Courier.  I hate it. 

What I LOVE to see in formatting: Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced, left-aligned, one-inch margins, auto-formatted paragraph indents (do not use 'Tab' to indent paragraphs), and indicated scene breaks. Indicated scene breaks are REQUIRED!  Please denote scene breaks with # or *.


5. Omit ALL author information (name, address, phone, email, etc.) from the text body, headers, and text file name. Include author information in the cover letter only. This allows for 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 submission form or in one text document. DO NOT submit more than 3 stories at once.

7.  Cover letters should be SHORT and to the point.  For an excellent article on writing cover letters for short fiction (of any genre), go here: https://alexshvartsman.com/2016/05/09/how-to-write-a-proper-short-story-cover-letter/

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

HELPFUL STUFF:

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 days to 10 weeks.  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

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












Reprints are stories that have been previously published elsewhere and no longer bound by contractual obligations to a publisher.  We consider self-publication in any form (including personal blogs or public forums) to be previously published. Please no self-published or vanity press submissions. All other submission guidelines apply.

500-1000 words; Any genre except graphic horror and erotica. 

For reprints, we are offering 2¢/word (two cents), on acceptance for non-exclusive rights. When submitting, you must let us know where it has been published before. 

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REPRINTS ONLY. ALL ORIGINAL SUBMISSIONS TO THIS CATEGORY WILL BE DECLINED UNREAD.

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).

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).

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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).

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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).

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).

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).

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


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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).

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

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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).

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).