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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Flash Fiction Magazine submission guidelines

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What is a story, precisely? The essential core event in all stories ever told in the history of humanity can be expressed in just three words: Conflict changes life. Therefore, the prime definition becomes: a dynamic escalation of conflict-driven events that cause meaningful change in a character’s life.

—Robert McKee

We are not interested in lyrical musings, journal entries, poetry, vignettes, or slices-of-life with no discernible plot or STORY.

NEW: We get too many sad submissions. Try to ellicit another primary emotion e.g. fear, anger, joy, disgust, surprise, trust.

What do we accept?

  • We accept fiction stories between 300–1000 words.
  • Read Flash Fiction Magazine books to see what stories we have previously paid for.
  • No previously published work. Google does not like duplicate content. Please don't publish your story anywhere else on the web, including your own website.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Let our editors know if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not submit excerpts from your latest novel or short stories. Flash fiction should be a complete story.
  • We do not accept poetry.
  • We do not accept children’s fiction.
  • We do not accept erotica. Adult themes including sex, violence, and even politics are fair game.
  • We don't need any more stories about the writing process. We have a huge audience of readers who are not authors. Don't alienate them.
  • We don’t want to get into rights issues, so no living public figures as characters, fan-fiction involving proprietary characters (Batman, etc.), and song lyrics. Passing references to all of these are fine.
Are there any submission fees?


We do not like reading or contest fees. We want to give every writer a chance. But we do have to pay the bills so we have a few options for those that want in-depth feedback.

Our paid options do not entitle you to publication. We consider all submissions for publication equally. We are not a “pay to publish” publication.

Free Submissions

1 Per Calendar Month.

Priority Submissions

Priority Submissions are for those that desire in-depth feedback on their story. You can read more about this option during the submission process.

$30 - Per Story. No Monthly Limit.

Flash Fiction Masters

You can reduce the cost of Priority Submissions with a monthly subscription. This option includes access to the Flash Fiction Masters writing group on Facebook and a few extra bonuses.

Learn more about Flash Fiction Masters

What do you pay?

We pay $40 (USD) for stories selected to be in Flash Fiction Magazine anthologies. We will contact you if you are selected.
We do not pay for stories published on our website.

Do I retain my rights?

You retain all rights to your work. However, we kindly ask that you not publish your story online—including your own website. This is not a “rights” issue, Google does not like duplicate content.
If your story is selected for one of our anthologies, your rights will be slightly different. If that happens, you will be emailed a formal contract to review and sign. We will not publish without your consent.

What else?

  • We edit spelling and punctuation to meet our style guidelines. Any substantial edits will be submitted to the author for approval.
  • You are allowed one submission per calendar month. Priority Submissions are exempt from this rule. Submit as many as you want.
  • Please submit one work at a time.
  • Do not re-submit a declined story unless asked.
  • If we publish one of your stories, please wait two months before submitting another. Priority Submissions are exempt from this rule.

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