Literary editors are welcoming and publishing flash fiction, which can vary from the length of a tweet to as long as 1,000 words. At Writer’s Relief, our research experts have noticed more readers are choosing to check out literary journals on their smartphones, and editors know flash fiction is well-suited to this format. If you’re ready to make a big impact using fewer words, here are 12 literary journals that accept flash fiction.
Helpful Hint: To boost your odds of getting an acceptance, always be sure to check that your writing submission is a good fit for the journal you’re considering. Check the literary journal’s submission guidelines and pay special attention to word count, themes (if there are any), and reading dates.
12 Literary Journals That Accept And Publish Flash Fiction
A fitting name and an even better submission call: “We want stories that are worlds in words, pieces that tell a (mac)ro story in a (mic)ro word count.” Authors accepted by this publication are also offered a monetary payment.
DASH Literary Journal
Successful submissions to DASH are brief, concentrated expressions of creativity, with an emphasis on brevity.
Allium, A Journal of Poetry and Prose
Named after the flowering plants that have hundreds of species to showcase diversity, this journal also welcomes a variety of forms and genres, including flash fiction.
Door is a Jar
Door is a Jar publishes short, conversational works that use familiar language to take readers on a journey. If you have two pieces of flash fiction, you can submit both at once!
Flash Fiction Magazine
The name says it all! You can submit to the online journal or enter the contest for a cash prize and feedback. The journal pays $40 for stories selected for its anthologies.
Another paying market, Craft pays authors $100 for original flash fiction. The journal reads year-round and looks for the best work from emerging and established writers alike.
Daily Science Fiction
This journal accepts speculative flash fiction stories. If you write science fiction, fantasy, or slipstream, this publication will be thrilled to read your work! You can even submit a flash series.
At Fractured Lit, the flash and micro categories are always open for submissions. The publication pays $50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction.
American Short Fiction
Along with contest opportunities and other submission options, American Short Fiction also publishes stories under 2,000 words.
SmokeLong publishes flash narratives and pays $50 for accepted submissions. The editors are looking for work that is profound or emotionally resonant. And instead of waiting months for a response, this publication typically replies within a few weeks.
This magazine respects the power of language and craft to elicit genuine emotional truths—and has no minimum word length. Plus, if you want to improve your craft, CARVE also offers online classes, workshops, and critiques.
Ghost City Review
Ghost City welcomes flash fiction submissions from both emerging and established authors. The journal reads year-round and accepts up to five flash pieces per person per issue.
While the information here is accurate at the time of this article’s publication, journal guidelines and the types of submissions editors are interested in can change frequently. It’s important to always confirm the latest info before you make any submissions. If you want to leave the research and busywork of finding great markets for your flash fiction, poetry, short stories, essays, novel, or memoir to the experts, the research team at Writer’s Relief can help you target the best markets and boost your odds of getting published. We have over 28 years of experience and an extensive, constantly updated and vetted database to help pinpoint the best literary journals for your work. Submit your free verse poetry, short prose, or book to our Review Board today!
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