Every now and then at 5a.m. (probably posted by my clone) I will be bringing you a newsflash, update on what I’m doing, invited guest piece, or whatever takes my fancy, and yesterday’s started a mini-series of submission information (yesterday’s was children’s & YA)… do let me know if you know of any more.
Flash Fiction (Short Stories will be listed in a few days’ time)
- www.alfiedog.com launched in May offering short story downloads in multiple formats and already carry over 500 stories from more than 130 authors around the world. “We are always open to submissions. All work is read and edited before being accepted and we don’t accept everything which is submitted, although we do try to suggest areas for improvement where this is possible.” Sounds good to me.
- Backhand Stories welcomes flash fiction/short stories, essays and reviews. They don’t pay but it’s always lovely to see your work in ‘print’ (online).
- Burrst.com is a great site for “short pieces of fiction – bursts of 1,250 words or less, both written and spoken” and welcomes new submissions.
- CAKE.shortandsweet welcomes flash fiction and short stories for their magazine. They say “CAKE.shortandsweet is a brand new short story project to help unpublished writers get their work seen by the public. We take submissions of excellent stories from anyone and everyone who’s never published their writing. Every month we publish a few of the very best and distribute them to cafés and an independent library in Manchester. We strive to give detailed feedback on any stories that we don’t use, because we want to help writers grow and improve their work. The Portico Library has strong ties to the Manchester Literature Festival and also runs an annual young writers’ prize, so there are excellent opportunities for new writers getting involved with CAKE.shortandsweet.”. NB. You don’t have to live in Manchester, or even the UK, to submit. Also see their Facebook home page, Facebook events page and they’re also on Twitter.
- Welsh writing group Clebran welcomes short pieces including flash fiction (in Welsh and / or English). No payment but it gets your name out there and you can read all their publications for free online.
- C,MMAS & C:l:NS is look for fiction and poems of 250 words or less. You can submit up to six of these per person.
- Daily Science Fiction welcomes original science fiction and fantasy which is posted / emailed every weekday with shorter pieces Monday to Thursday then a longer piece on Fridays.
- Enchanted Conversation – see Fairy Tale Magazine.
- Fairy Tale Magazine (formerly Enchanted Conversation) accepts stories up to 3,000 words and poetry. No theme but submissions should “evoke the feel of classic pre-1900 fairy tales”.
- Female First online magazine is seeking shorts & poetry from female & male authors.
- Fiction365 accepts stories up to 4,000 words. Payment: “small amount”.
- US-based Flashquake is a quarterly ezine publishing flash fiction/non-fiction (max 1000 words) and short poetry (max. 35 lines). Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions not accepted in February, May, August or November. Payment is US$5 to US$25.
- www.joannemerriam.com/seven-by-twenty is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys writing flash fiction– the maximum is 140 characters… about 20-25 words!
- Litro accepts short stories, flash fiction and creative non-fiction (max 3,000 words).
lists a variety of opportunities in varying genres.
- UK-based Paragram is looking for poetry and flash fiction (max 500 words) for their anthologies. See the website for latest theme.
- Paragraph Planet publishes daily 75-word flash fiction.
- US-based online magazine Pedestal welcomes poetry of any length or form (max 6 submitted at one time) – payment US$40 per poem – and fiction max 4,200 words (one story per submission) or flash fiction (1,000 words max) – payment for fiction is US8c per word. Subscriptions to the magazine are free (currently c. 16,000 site visits per month). Genres covered include science fiction, horror, mystery and romance especially if character driven. Response c. 4-8 weeks. Pedestal publishes 4-5 times a year and includes c. 4 stories, 15 poems, reviews and interviews.
- Rusty Nail is a new magazine taking submissions of prose (<3,000 words), poetry, book reviews and artwork.
- Short Stories For Women takes, as the name would suggest, short women’s fiction (500-4,000 words).
If you do have any more information that could go on this page or find any broken links, old information etc., please email me.
And I’ve added a new sub-page which details the opportunities on my blog, you just need the questionnaire for your genre.
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.