FLASH FICTION ONLINE IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO ALL SUBMISSION CATEGORIES!

SUBMISSIONS:

Thank you for thoroughly reading our guidelines!

Updated: 24 March 2018

Flash Fiction Online is an open-genre publication and is currently OPEN to all submission categories.  Please no erotica, graphic sex, or egregious violence.

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.

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 WE ACCEPT ORIGINAL, UNPUBLISHED FICTION.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 immediately be rejected.

4. NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

HELPFUL STUFF:

(The stuff that will make a good impression)

1.  ON FONT: The Editor MUCH prefers Times New Roman.

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 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. 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.

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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), 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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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.

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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).
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