Beginning in January 2021, our submission portal for original and reprint stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month.

We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions.

We publish across many genres, including speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. For more information on the type of stories we enjoy, please read a few issues and check out our "What We're Looking For" page.


FORMATTING: Please format your submission in a double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman or other serif-type font (NO Courier), with standard 1" margins and black font on an unadorned, white background.

SIMULTANEOUS & MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: You may submit one original and one reprint story concurrently (multiple submissions), but please do not submit works that are currently under consideration elsewhere (NO simultaneous submissions)

QUERIES: You can check on the status of your submission at any time via your Submittable account. If, after 8 weeks, your submission is still marked as "in-progress," you may email flashfictiononlineeditor@gmail.com with QUERY in the subject line for an update on its status. (Submissions sent to this address will be deleted unread.)


We are unable to provide personal feedback or critiques.

We do not accept resubmissions of stories previously rejected by Flash Fiction Online, unless requested by the Editor.

We will NOT consider stories that promote or affirm hatred, prejudice, or violence toward any group of people based on age, race, nationality, religion, sex, gender, political affiliation, disability, neurodiversity, or other social identity.


Flash Fiction Online is funded through the support and generosity of our readers! If you love what we do, we hope you'll consider purchasing an issue, making a donation, becoming a Patreon, and -- of course -- continuing to send us your flash fiction submissions!


Updated: 10 May 2021

ANONYMOUS SUBMISSIONS: Do not include your name, address, email, or other identifying information on your manuscript (header, byline, file name, etc). This allows our First Readers to evaluate your story based on the work alone.

PAYMENT & RIGHTS FOR ORIGINAL FICTION: Flash Fiction Online pays $80 per story for first electronic rights for original (previously unpublished) fiction, with 6 months exclusivity, as well as a non-exclusive one-time right to publish the stories in an anthology. The author retains all other rights. Original stories must not have been previously published anywhere, including a blog or on Patreon. Payment is made via PayPal (preferred) or mailed as a check.

Reprint submissions do not need to be anonymized.

PAYMENT & RIGHTS FOR REPRINT FICTION: Flash Fiction Online pays 2c/word for non-exclusive electronic rights for previously published stories which are no longer bound by contractual obligations to a publisher. The author retains all other rights. We do not consider stories that were originally self-published, including on a blog or Patreon. Payment is made via PayPal (preferred) or mailed as a check.

In celebration of our upcoming 100th issue of Flash Fiction Online, we're looking for stories on the theme of "ONE HUNDRED." Give us stories of centenarians on adventures! Tell us tales of a hundred-year storm! Raise the temperature to 100 degrees (Fahrenheit? Celsius?)! Write us a story that takes place in 100 seconds! The possibilities are endless -- they just have to somehow involve the number 100 in a way that's integral to the story.


This submission window will be open during the same time frames as our regular monthly window through the month of October. Submissions will be evaluated each month and receive either a rejection or a hold notice. Final decisions on these second-round stories will be made in early November. Multiple submissions are allowed for this call so long as each story fits the theme, and you may submit to this call while also submitting an ORIGINAL and a REPRINT submission.

ALL STORIES SUBMITTED THROUGH THIS PAGE MUST FIT THE THEME! If your story does not somehow involve the number 100, please submit through our ORIGINAL or REPRINT submission page instead.

ANONYMOUS SUBMISSIONS: Do not include your name, address, email, or other identifying information on your manuscript (header, byline, file name, etc). This allows our First Readers to evaluate your story based on the work alone.

PAYMENT & RIGHTS FOR ORIGINAL FICTION: Flash Fiction Online pays $80 per story for first electronic rights for original (previously unpublished) fiction, with 6 months exclusivity, as well as a non-exclusive one-time right to publish the stories in an anthology. The author retains all other rights. Original stories must not have been previously published anywhere, including a blog or on Patreon. Payment is made via PayPal (preferred) or mailed as a check.

PAYMENT & RIGHTS FOR REPRINT FICTION: Flash Fiction Online pays 2c/word for non-exclusive electronic rights for previously published stories which are no longer bound by contractual obligations to a publisher. The author retains all other rights. We do not consider stories that were originally self-published, including on a blog or Patreon. Payment is made via PayPal (preferred) or mailed as a check.

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