Submissions – flash fiction & short stories

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Below is a list of some outlets welcoming submissions of flash fiction and short stories (click here for other genres) – those marked ‘see below’ are markets that accept flash fiction and longer short stories. Do let me know if you know of any others or if any of this information is incorrect. Thank you. I would always recommend you checking for the current guidelines before writing something to suit in case anything has changed since posting on this page.

NB. If your story has been published online, this means it’s been published, even if you didn’t receive any money for it. Some markets won’t accept it if it has been.

There are some interesting articles legalzoom (rights), legal zoom (adapting), litreactor (rights), (selling shorts), Kindle Boards (pricing), bookbaby (short story eBookers), writers relief (previously published) and writersrelief (fan fiction).

Flash Fiction only (up to 1,250 words – those allowing more are listed below under in the ‘Short Stories’ section)
Short stories (see above for flash fiction)
  • 13shotsofgrit’s snifters is especially for short flash fiction (longer pieces accepted too).
  • 971 Menu invites short stories (no length specified) and non-fiction. No payment but they say they love you! 🙂
  • 1000words welcomes 100-1,000 word unpublished stories which it publishes on its blog if successful. See their submission guidelines which includes “The stories may be in any genre, but must have been written in response to one of the images from our Pinterest Boards.”
  • Absolute Write, as well as having a literary community, is a great resource for information across the spectrum.
  • Adirondack Review welcomes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translation, reviews, interviews, and art and photography. They also run two literary contests per year, awarding $400.
  • AGNI welcomes poetry, short fiction and essays. Submissions from 1st September to 31st May.
  • 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.”
  • Ai Press welcomes erotic romance short stories and novels – see for their full guidelines.
  • Arabesques Editions is an Algerian-based magazine publisher but takes a variety of English language submissions.
  • Ash Tales invites submissions of apocalyptic and dystopian fiction up to 2,000 words and 20-minute narrated podcast episodes.
  • Astonishing Stories takes submissions of speculative (science-fiction, fantasy, horror etc) fiction up to 4,000 words. It can have been published already but should, of course, be high quality. They can’t pay yet “but we like to think we could”. 🙂
  • 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).
  • Bandit Fiction is a small digital magazine publisher specialising in flash and short fiction of any genre (max word count 3500). They accept submissions year round and release four magazines a year, along with the same number of podcasts featuring selected works.
  • Barbaric Yawp welcome fiction of any genre. Send submissions to 3700 County Route 24, Russell, NY 13684 with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for their reply.
  • Bartleby Snopes wants “quality fiction that grabs us and doesn’t let go” in both flash (1-1,200 words) and long fiction (up to 3,000 words). The submissions page includes topics they don’t want (always useful).
  • BEST – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • Big Muddy invites submissions of history, creative non-fiction essays, political science, poetry, fiction, biography, environmental sciences, industry / business, photography, music, art and regional events, especially where related to the Mississippi River Valley. Submissions welcome year-round.
  • The Big Ugly Review is not currently taking submissions (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, photo-essays, film, music) but this may change.
  • The Binnacle publishes fiction and poetry and has various reading stages throughout the year.
  • Bitter Oleander publishes and invites fiction and poetry.
  • Blackbird welcomes poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
  • Bound Off is seeking “original literary fiction for our upcoming podcasts. Please send stories that are between 250 and 2500 words. Although we are an audio publication, we will evaluate manuscripts the old-fashioned way. We only consider stories submitted at the Bound Off Submishmash page.” Submissions taken only between 1st September and 31st May.
  • CAKE.shortandsweet welcomes flash fiction and short stories (up to 2,200 words) 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 pageFacebook events page and they’re also on Twitter.
  • Candis magazine – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • Carve Magazine publishes short fiction quarterly and “is seeking good honest fiction in the form of short stories. We want emotional jeopardy, soul, and honesty. Craft and control are tantamount to our connection to the characters. We highly recommend reading recent stories to get an idea of what we’re looking for. We accept submissions year-round. Please submit only one short story at a time. Wait for a response before you send another. Please see sidebar for current response times.” No minimum, max 10,000 words.
  • The Casket welcomes flash fiction and short stories for three opportunities; Tube-Flash (<300 words) inspired by the London Underground, and general flash fiction (<300 words) and short stories (1,200 – 3,000 words), see the submissions page for full details.
  • Character i welcomes short stories, poetry and art in first person point of view (hence the ‘i’ :)).
  • 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.
  • The Cobalt Review publishes short stories (fiction and nonfiction), plays, poetry, book excerpts, essays, etc. “We also feature art (drawings, paintings, graphic media, etc). We publish the works of authors regardless of whether they are established, or new or self-published. Unsolicited submissions are accepted year-round. There are no set guidelines as to content or length. All work must be original but can be previously published. If something is previously published, please let us know so that we can work through any copyright issues. All manuscripts must have the author’s name, address, phone number, and approximate word count at the top of the first page, and numbered throughout. All submissions are done online. We do not accept paper submissions at this time. All manuscripts must be written in English or Spanish. Translations are acceptable, but must be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Send your best work. You can submit several stories at a time. There is no submission fee. We will read and consider simultaneous submissions, on the condition that the author notify us immediately, by email, if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. We do not pay for any work of yours that we publish and you retain all of the rights to your work. This is a volunteer project and we are doing this for the love of literature and art. The editors aim to respond to manuscripts in a timely fashion, and ask that you wait a minimum of six months to send follow-up inquiries. Please send inquiries by email to editors at and include the phrase “Submissions Inquiry” in your subject line. Need further information? Email us at Website:
  • Cohesion Press. publishes anthologies paying 4 cents (Australian) per word, up to 10,000 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines at (courtesy of
  • Comma Press accepts one (two maximum) short stories for their bi-annual new writer showcase.
  • New (March 2014) online literary journal, Crooked/Shift, is to be published quarterly. We are dedicated to horror, humor, the absurd, and the strange and are currently accepting works of flash fiction, short stories, prose, poetry, and essays, as well as film and book reviews. Was wondering if you could add us to the list of horror publishers. The website is: Again, thanks for your time and the work that you do. Matt Rotman, Editor-in-Chief, Crooked/Shift.
  • is a new site (so new, it’s not yet launched, as of July 2013) which aims to sell short stories for eReaders. I’ve registered so I’ll let you know how I get on.
  • Dahlia Publishing, founded in 2010 and based in Leicester, aims to push the boundaries on creativity and diversity and engage BME readers. They’re keen to work with regional writers and talented young people to open the door to a career in publishing. If you’re writing a book or are a writer based in the region. Their submission guideline page says their looking for ‘Chick lit, Crime, Historical, Romantic, Multicultural, Young Adult and Children’s’ but not ‘Sci-Fi, Weird, Erotica, Horror, Gothic’. They ‘happy to accept poetry and short stories, when presented as a coherent collection’ and are ‘keen to publish first time authors’.
  • 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.
  • damselfly press seeks fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  • Online literary magazine Dog Weed seek poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.
  • Duotrope is one of the best resources for submission opportunities around.
  • echook welcome short stories from 750 to 2,500 words.
  • Eclectic Eel welcomes short stories up to 1,5000 words (or 2,000 if it’s outstanding!).
  • 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”.
  • Farragos Wainscot is a quarterly journal of the literary weird in fiction, poetry, and experimental wordforms. Unfortunately they no longer take submissions but this may change in the future so do keep looking from time to time (plus it’s an interesting site).
  • Female First online magazine is seeking shorts & poetry from female & male authors. 🙂
  • Fiction365 accepts stories up to 4,000 words. Payment: “small amount”.
  • Fiction Magazine & Journal is calling for contributions: will publish work from leading writers, nationally and internationally, both established authors and first time writers.
  • Short Story Submission Guidelines for ‘The Fiction Desk’ can be found here:
  • Fireside is a short story magazine that has two goals in mind: Publish great stories, and pay writers well. They pay above normal rates for their category of magazine: 12.5 cents per word, up to 4,000 words. They have a very short submission period for short stories (usually a week long). To learn more, read their submission guidelines at (courtesy of
  • fourthirtythree is an audio magazine where authors read their own stories & you can just listen.
  • Funny In Five Hundred welcomes stories up to 500 words. They don’t currently pay for them but they do for longer pieces (7,500 to 15,000 words). See for details of both opportunities.
  • Glimmer Train welcomes unpublished stories.
  • Grass Roots Magazine welcomes ‘New Love Stories’.
  • The Grinder is a submission tracker and market database for writers of fiction (non-fiction and poetry coming soon!). Use our extensive and powerful search engine to find a home for your work. With new features being added weekly we hope to provide a permanent and stable home for your submission tracking. We believe the value of our product lies in its availability and as such The Grinder is and always will be free to all users for all features. If you have a feature suggestion or see a problem, please use the [Contact Us] link in the menu bar. We love your feedback! (on the ‘Recently Added Markets’ section from the home page hover over the circled letters to see what they mean – many are sci-fi, fantasy and horror opportunities).
  • Opportunity to write seaside smut! Call for Submissions: Smut by the Sea Volume 3. Editor: Lucy Felthouse and Victoria Blisse. Publisher: House of Erotica. Submission deadline: 31st March 2014. Expected release: Summer 2014. Genres: Any. Theme: Seaside. Pairings: Any. Word count: 4,000 – 6,000. Payment: Royalties will be split 40% of the net profits with contributing authors, exact values will be given once we know how many stories will be in the final anthology. Royalties will be paid to each contributor once their share reaches a minimum threshold of £20. Due to the success of Smut by the Sea Volumes 1 and 2, Smut in the City, Smut Alfresco and Smut for Chocoholics, Lucy Felthouse and Victoria Blisse are pleased to announce that they’re putting together a third volume of seaside smut. Smut by the Sea Volume 3 will be a collection of stories with a saucy seaside feel edited by The Northern Birds Lucy Felthouse and Victoria Blisse. The Smut by the Sea anthology will feature stories from a variety of genres, but they must have that overall “seaside” feel, either in location or style. Read Smut by the Sea Volumes 1 and 2 to get an idea of what we like. If you’d like some clarification before submitting your story then please contact us. Submit your story by emailing it as an attachment to victoria[at] Please format your story in Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced with each new paragraph indented by ½ inch. On your cover page, include your pen name, author bio and word count.
  • The Incongruous Quarterly “publishes the unpublishable” and is currently seeking submissions of fiction and poetry (check site for current theme).
  • is a website where aspiring authors release their most brilliant stories to watch their first steps and first words and first huge gusts of flame pouring from their gullets. Starting from 2nd February 2015, they run free competitions with all the entries being posted on their site.
  • Interlitq “accepts submissions for short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. We do not accept any unsolicited material that has been previously published. If the material appears anywhere online, including your personal blog, we cannot consider it for publication.”
  • Iota Magazine welcomes submissions of short fiction in any genre, including life writing and memoir for consideration for the second fiction issue. Please send short stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words. All stories must be the original work of the author. We accept translations as long as they are identified as such. All work must be typed and double spaced. Please also send proposals (150 words) for features or essays. We also accept new fiction, biography and life writing for review, and copies should be sent to the Fiction Reviews Editor at the address below. Please email submissions and proposals to
  • Australian literary magazine Island publishes “quality short stories (Aus$100), poetry (Aus$60), extracts from forthcoming novels, and articles and essays on topics of social, environmental and cultural significance (Aus$100 per 1,000 words).”
  • The Lady – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • The Leading Edge is a semi-professional speculative fiction magazine produced at Brigham Young University, (Utah, USA). You can submit <10,000 words, payment is 1 cent per word ($10 min) + 2 mag copies. They also accept sci-fi/fantasy poetry. Payment is $10 for the first 4 pages, $1.50 for each subsequent page of published poetry. Two contributor copies are also provided. They also buy illustrations.
  • Let’s Tell Stories “is a space to share stories, as we believe that everybody has their own individual wealth of resources and capabilities to improve their lives and inspire themselves to feel better, achieve better, and be better, and reading and writing stories is a great way to do this.”
  • Literally Stories welcomes stories from 500 to 3,000 words and they can be previously published. They don’t currently pay but something to add to your CV.
  • Literary Submission has various opportunities including their short story page. You get a sample for free but have to pay to see all 500+ across the genre range.
  • Litro accepts short storiesflash fiction and creative non-fiction (max 3,000 words).
  • I received this email early April 2014: I stumbled upon your creative writing website completely by accident!  I was looking for a local writing group to approach with regard to asking if any budding authors would like to submit a short story for publication in a new book that the committee I am on is compiling. The committee is called Local Angels and we are a group of 8 ladies who raise money for charity, we have held coffee mornings, luncheons, bingo evenings etc.  We have been together for 5 years and to date have raised just under £100,000.  The book is our latest project and we are currently looking for short stories on any subject, all the profits from the sales of the book will be donated to charity; namely a dementia centre, a mental health centre and a day care centre for the elderly in our local area.Do you think that any of your fellow authors would be interested in submitting a story for consideration?  If you do then I would ask if you would be willing to post an article on your website / blog asking for any submissions to be emailed to me at The committee is based in North East London but we are happy to accept submissions from anywhere in the UK. As for the word count we are looking for approx. 3,000 words, but we can be flexible and yes we would prefer family friendly. We would prefer exclusive content; it’s so much easier when approaching the publisher, but again we will be flexible.
  • MacGuffin welcomes creative fiction and non-fiction up to 5,000 words, and poetry.
  • Mantle Lane Press is a new small publishing venture started by Mantle Arts in Leicestershire. Our aim is to promote writers with an East Midlands connection, offering a publishing opportunity and a way to see shorter work in print. We are currently inviting submissions from fiction writers for our series of pocket sized limited edition books. We are interested in fiction from 5,000 to 15,000 words, from writers based in the East Midlands or whose work has an East Midlands setting. We will consider single pieces or collections of short fiction. We are open to most/all genres and styles. Unpublished work only. We are looking for quality, atmosphere and an original voice. New or emerging writers are welcome to submit. Please send documents in standard manuscript format. Details here: Email your manuscript as a Word document or .rtf file to In the ‘subject’ box put “Mantle Lane Press submission. Include your contact details in the main body of the email. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as the work is withdrawn from other markets in the event that we offer to publish it. Closing date for the round when advertised was July 15th 2013 but it’s worth checking the deadlines for the latest date (and if I forget to update it, please let me know!).  Payment: no up front payment but we offer a scaled royalty. Mantle Arts is based in North West Leicestershire and undertakes artistic activity with communities throughout the East Midlands. We specialise in community celebrations, artist development and support and work with young people and disabled groups.
  • Calling all horror writers: “Massacre Magazine is a new horror fiction magazine, aiming to launch its first edition December 2013. We are currently looking for general submissions – short horror fiction 1000-5000 words, winter solstice themed fiction, and we are also running a photo prompted flash fiction contest, with a small prize of a £10 Amazon voucher. All information can be found on our website:”
  • Mid-American Review welcomes fiction (up to 6,000 words), poetry and non-fiction.
  • Midway Journal accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and art from 1st January to 31st May only.
  • Interactive fiction is now available on mobile phones. Mobile books or ‘moooks’ are designed for instant viewing across a wide range of mobile networks worldwide, with first service availability in the UK.  This new interactive storytelling concept is the brainchild of mifiction; a Surrey based company with a mission to introduce interactive books, ‘moooks’ across the mobile platform. The interactive nature means that the reader has the power to decide what happens in the story. At a number of points within each chapter, the reader has a choice of options to determine the outcome, giving an immense number of possible story variations. With more interactive fiction books in the pipeline, mifiction is keen to receive submissions from budding new authors, who can obtain further information by emailing To find out more about mifiction go to, where an example chapter of “The Three Tears” is available for anyone to try for free; simply enter your email address, create a password and explore interactive fiction for yourself.
  • Mighty Creatives: job opportunities based in the Midlands area, UK.
  • Misc: there’s an interesting article about online short story publishers here.
  • Mississippi Review publishes twice a year and does not currently (July 2013) accept submissions (of fiction / poetry) but it’s worth checking in case this changes.
  • Monkey Bicycle welcomes submissions of one-sentence stories and longer pieces up to 1,500 (1,700 if it’s excellent) words.
  • The Moth is a quarterly arts & literature magazine features poetry, short fiction and pictures by established and up-and-coming writers and artists from Ireland and abroad.
  • A brilliant resource is My Perfect which has a page of publishers currently accepting book submissions.
  • The Mystery Place welcomes short stories from 2,500-8,000 words (occasionally <12K).
  • My Weekly – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • Poland-based New Europe Writers welcomes unpublished fiction and poetry based on set themes. Max 4000 words.
  • Paid opportunity for short stories (1,000 to 3,500 words) – see and
  • New Pages lists literary magazines and their Classifieds/calls page has a variety of opportunities in varying genres.
  • Canadian publication The New Quarterly which takes submissions of short stories, poems, essays etc. See website or write to The New Quarterly, c/o St Jerome’s University, 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G3.
  • Founded in 1988, New Welsh Review is Wales’ leading literary quarterly and welcomes poetry and fiction submissions. They pay £28 per poem (6 max per 6-month period) or c £80 per short story (one per 6-month period). Post to Kathryn Gray, Editor, New Welsh Review, PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1WZ or email Feature proposals to Allow up to 3 months for a reply.
  • There are various opportunities on The New Writer magazine website.
  • Night Train is currently (June 2013) closed to submissions.
  • The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Soundings Review pays $25 for accepted prose (up to 4,000 words) and $10 for accepted poetry. Their submission guidelines can be found here. Note: There is a $3 submission fee.
  • Launched September 2013, Not Your Eyes, an online and print, fiction and nonfiction publishing house that wants to show the reader the world through the author’s eyes. Not Your Eyes is an experiment in online publishing, seeking compelling pieces of fiction and nonfiction writing that will be published online at and in quarterly, biannual or annual print anthologies.
  • invites contributions and publishes short stories.
  • One Story sends their subscribers a new short story in the mail every three weeks. They publish literary fiction from emerging and established writers. Each issue features just one story. It is a unique format that gives just one author center stage. They pay $500 per story. To learn more, be sure to read their submission guidelines at (courtesy of
  • One Throne is open to all fiction and creative nonfiction (1,000 – 7,500 words), flash fiction (<1,000 words), and poetry. All genres, including literary, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, experimental, etc. Full guidelines are available on their website.
  • Open Pen is London’s first ‘open literature’ magazine, completely comprised of reader-submitted creative writing.
  • Open to Interpretation seeks themed poetry, fiction or non-fiction.
  • The Other Publishing Company welcomes short stories (c.5,000 words) and full-length novels. See their submissions page.
  • Outlook Springs is a literary journal from another dimension. It is devoted to fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange.
  • Over The Red Line is “looking for submissions, up to 3,500 words, from contributors who have something interesting to say and a talent for communicating.  We want to take readers on a journey first and foremost, but we also want that journey to be to somewhere they would not normally go.  Any stories involving vampires, wizards, or single women in their thirties looking for the perfect man/pair of shoes, will most likely need to be ground-breaking works of genius to make the short-list; they are all good subjects, but too familiar. Contributions for each issue will be short-listed to somewhere between six and eight stories which will be posted on the site.  Once they are on the site they will be handed to our judging panel, whether that be a reading group in Toronto or a convent in Dublin.  The top story will receive a prize of GBP50.00.”
  • Paraxis is a new online publisher of short stories. “We relish fiction with elements of the strange, uncanny or fantastic. We will be featuring new stories, reprints, artwork and essays.”
  • 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.
  • Penguin and Random House also publish short stories electronically and there’s an interesting article here.
  • The People’s Friend – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • Planet Magazine welcomes short stories, poems and proposals for articles and reviews.
  • Plasma Frequency is after speculative fiction from 100 to 7,500 words (<5,000 words preferred, unless it “shines”).
  • Popshot is now open for literary submissions. They’re looking for original, thought-provoking writing – poems up to 25 lines and stories up to 2,000 words – that will address the theme (changes each issue), and fascinate and engage their readers.
  • Pulp Literature is a beautiful magazine that publishes fiction of all genres. They also publish graphic novels and illustrations. They are open to submissions during the month of April. They’re not looking for just “pulp fiction.” They want entertaining, accessible stories in all genres. They shy away from “downer” stories, and look for stories with engaging plots and good character development. They pay 7 cents per word for the first 7,000 words. To learn more, be sure to read their submission guidelines at (courtesy of
  • Random House and Penguin also publish short stories electronically and there’s an interesting article here.
  • Riverside Writers are looking for short stories and poems for their free eBook anthology. Deadline August 2013. “Please note there is no payment for use of any accepted work for this anthology, which will be distributed as a FREE ebook.  Contributors will retain full copyright ownership of their individual contributions, and are free to publish it elsewhere if they wish.”
  • Running Out of Ink is “a new webzine that will be launching on 1st November 2012 at We accept short stories of all genres as variety is going to be a focus of our webzine – no story too short, no plot too off the wall as we counter balance it with other stories within the issue. The stories do have to be kept under 2500 words however. We don’t yet pay our writers unfortunately, but feel this is a fantastic opportunity for new writers to gain a voice and experienced writers to add to their CV. One thing that does pull us apart from other markets and may make your followers keen is that we are interested in having recurring writers throughout our issues, so if we really like you we will request you back. This can really help in building a following for writers as readers from the site will go on to see Joe Bloggs’ latest story and knowing that they consistently enjoy them, they may look elsewhere to see what he’s done. Submissions are emailed to and our Facebook page is, as the website is not yet running.
  • Rusty Nail is a new magazine taking submissions of prose (<3,000 words), poetry, book reviews and artwork.
  • 189 year old American bi-monthly magazine Saturday Evening Post welcome anecdotes/photos, non-fiction (on home, pet finance, 45+, how-to topics) and fiction (preferably light humour), ideally 1,000 to 2,000 words. Payment from $25 to £400+. Target audience is mainstream middle-aged American. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Response time is just 3-6 weeks.
  • Norfolk-based (UK) annual literary magazine The Savage Kick seeks submissions that will “make readers sit up and listen”. Short stories / novel excerpts (<6000 words) or articles / interviews (<3000 words). Response times are quick (aim <2 weeks!) but payment rates low £20 stories / £15 articles/interviews. They recommend you read the magazine before submitting.
  • Scintilla Press welcomes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and book reviews.
  • Sentinel Literary Quarterly seeks poetry, short stories, essays, plays, reviews and interviews.
  • Short Stories For Women takes, as the name would suggest, short women’s fiction (500-4,000 words). 🙂
  • Shroud Magazine prefer fiction (<5,000 words) but will consider non-fiction in horror, dark mystery, dark fantasy and suspense.
  • Slice Magazine welcome short fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
  • SmokeLong Quarterly is another paying ($25 for up to 1,000 words) opportunity (for flash fiction, essays, book reviews and artwork).
  • Sollitary Magazine takes poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. Although Mexican, you don’t have to be.
  • Online poetry and short story magazine Sparkbright is for international writers and welcome submissions.
  • accepts English prose, poetry or essays that consist of anywhere from 50 to 2000 words (of course, word count does not imply to poetry), that will be published here, every Wednesday (to begin with) – pictures are not accepted. A submission guide may, or may not eventually appear in the near future as art carries no certainties. You are nevertheless free to submit your writing and get a prompt response..
  • Still Crazy has opportunities for writers aged 50+.
  • Streetcake magazine welcomes poetry and fiction (up to 2,500 words) to along with a short (4-5 lines) biography in a pdf or Word format, with ‘submissions’ in the email subject line. Replies usually within six weeks.
  • The Subterranean Literary Journal welcomes prose (short stories), essays, reviews, poetry, art and illustrations… and “everything else, we love to be surprised and we’ll consider publishing almost anything”. 🙂
  • Take a Break – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • California-based Three Penny Review welcomes fiction (max 4000 words) and poetry (max 100 lines). Payment US$400 per story / article, US$200 per poem plus year’s free subscription.
  • Canadian Tin House is looking for fiction (one story per submission), poetry (five poems max) and ‘economical, cultural and environmental’ non-fiction. Simultaneous submissions accepted.
  • New online community is looking for contributors. Enthusiastic and articulate female writers are needed to contribute to a dynamic, evolving, and interactive website aimed at women in their 40s,50s and beyond. Previously unpublished writers are welcome. The site was founded in November 2012 by a 52 year old ex-lawyer and writer Carolyn Lazarus. What does the Site Offer? A space for like-minded women to share their authentic voices; Substantive original content, well presented, by the target market for the target market-fun, lively, different; The new women’s network: a dynamic powerful community built upon real personal connections; A site truly for women in their 40s, 50s and beyond-a forgotten sector; Women will be participants not consumers; An independent site for independent women. Content is different and always authentic, for example: original fiction (short stories, novel extracts) and poetry, descriptions of place, jottings on life, wit and humour, women making a difference, women in sport, women and music, women in business, women changing their lives, women studying, women in dialogue, women’s wisdom, what teenagers think about us and them, and… oh yes, a token man. Please join us for free at If you are interested in contributing an article please indicate your interest on sign up and we will get back to you. For further information please contact: Karen Marriott @
  • Unidentified Funny Objects is an annual anthology of humorous Sci-Fi / Fantasy. They’ve published some of the biggest names in the genre, including Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin. They pay 10 cents per word. The deadline to submit is April 30th yearly. To learn more, read their submission guidelines at (courtesy of
  • Untied Shoelaces Of The Mind is an online magazine that acquires fiction in many genres and pays USc3 per word (up to US$30). Submissions via the website’s form only, not by email or post.
  • Vintage Script seeks historical articles and short stories.
  • Weave Magazine seeks poetry, fiction, non-fiction.
  • Part of the DC Thomson chain (which also produces People’s Friend and My Weekly), The Weekly News is a little known about and much underrated opportunity for short story authors. Womagwriter blogged their guidelines back in February 2011, as did Sarah Evans.
  • What The Dickens magazine is “always looking for submissions of not only fiction and poetry but also non-fiction and articles. I even accept artwork, photos, book reviews, film reviews and so on. I do set a theme for each issue though can be flexible around the non-fiction side of things. There are also competitions and give-aways which are all free to enter”. 🙂
  • Womagwriter’s blog is one of the best places I know for information and guidance on writing women’s magazines. The How To website also has some great advice. Also see ‘My Weekly’, ‘People’s Friend’ and ‘Take a Break’ above as well as ‘Woman’s Weekly’, ‘You South Africa’ and ‘Yours’ below.
  • Woman’s Weekly – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • Write Words has a great page for publishers of short stories.
  • does what it says on the tin; is packed with submission info.
  • WritersReadersDirect welcomes fiction and non-fiction in a variety of formats.
  • is a great list of opportunities.
  • Xenith is open to “most forms and genres of writing: poetry (5 max per submission), fiction (max 8000 words), flash fiction (5-500 words), plays, creative nonfiction, graphic novels, comics and comic strips, unsent letters, experimental, sci-fi, literary mainstream, whatever”. Essays, articles and columns also welcome. Submit by email (no attachments) to
  • The Yellow Room welcomes submissions of short stories by UK women writers.
  • You South Africa – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • Yours – see Submissions – women’s magazines.
  • Other short story opportunities include Andromedia Spaceways Inflight Magazine, The Atlantic, Barcelona Review, Beat To A Pulp, Brain Harvest, Burnt Bridge, Certergo, The Chafen Journal, Chelsea, Chicago Noir, CrimeFactory, Diagram, Digital Americana, Earth Flight Magazine, Electric, Epic, Esquire, The Family Review, Fiction, The Fiction Circus, Flashquake, Fringe, Front Porch Review, Gargoyle, The Grist, Hawaii Pacific Review, Hobart, Iowa Review, Kenyan Review, Lady Churchill’s, Los Angeles Review, Mad Hatter’s Review, McSweeneys, The Millions, Mobiesk, Needle, The Nervous Breakdown, The New Yorker, Ninth Letter, Noir Nation, Pank, Portland Review, Prick of the Spindle, Prism International, Pulp Ink, Quick Fiction, The Rally Review, Raven Electrick, Red Fez, Rosebud, Senora Review, Shanandoa, Slice, Smokelong Quarterly, Stand Magazine, Stupefying Stories, A Twist Of Noir, , Uncanny Valley Magazine, V, Vestal Review, Virginia Quarterly, Watercress Review, Waterhorse Review, Whiskey Island, Writing Disorder and Zoetrope Allstory.
  • Other mixed opportunities include The BeatBustCezanne’s CarrotThe Corner Club PressDead Drunk DublinThe Literary BohemianThe Long & The Short of ItNew Orleans ReviewNew Welsh ReviewNovel MagazineThe Ofi PressPentimento MagazinePersimmon TreeThe Pygmy GiantThe Shine Journal, The Southern ReviewSplinter GenerationStep AwayThe Waiting RoomWet InkWritingRaw.
  • And had a great list of paying outlets: The First Line, Ninth Letter, Virginia Quarterly Review, Skirt!, Sockdolager, Ellipsis, THEMA, Kenyon Review, Pear Tree Press, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Electric Literature, How Well You Walk Through Madness, Starwheel, Lamplight Magazine, Witness, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Tiny Tim Literary Review, Fun Dead Publications, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Notre Dame Review, Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, World Weaver Press: Equus: Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries, The Pedestal Magazine, Literary e-clectic, Anthology: MONSTERS AMONG US, and Vestal Review. More details from the Published To Death blog post which was for November 2016 deadline but the outlets should be looking ongoing for other items.

Do let me know if you know of any others. Thank you.

Disclaimer: Morgen can take no responsibility for the accuracy of this information. It is intended as a guide only. Do not part with any money before checking the validity of the outlet.

28 thoughts on “Submissions – flash fiction & short stories

    • morgenbailey says:

      You’re very welcome, Caroline. There are other submission pages too (on other genres and a main mixed one) as well as competitions, events etc. If you know of any other resources, I’ll gladly add them.


    • morgenbailey says:

      You’re welcome, Michelle. I have a few emails to go through so may be adding more (although I think they’re mostly competitions). Love the ‘Holy smoke’, not heard that for a while. 🙂


    • morgenbailey says:

      You’re very welcome, John. Do let me know how you get on… and if you have any spare (happy to have pre-published) feel free to send me <500-worders for the Flash Fiction Fridays slot.


  1. christinesPSstocke says:

    I work for the literary journal, Tethered by Letters. I’m writing in hopes of adding our literary contests to your wonderful directory! We are currently accepting submissions for three categories: short story, flash fiction, and poetry:

    Deadline: July 15th, 2014
    Prize: $250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry
    Contact Info: Alison Auger,

    Thank you for your time and for continuing to offer this contest resource to writers everywhere!


  2. Connie says:

    Hi there. I want to compliment you on your blog, first. 🙂 I also wanted to bring to your attention the issues with the quickread link. I was really excited to read your comments about the android app Quick Reads option, and I noticed you devoted a rather large paragraph to it. The url, however, is funky: ‘Go to to view our website’. The website is entirely in Chinese and (me being nosy) when I ran it through a translator it was composed entirely of jibberish. i just wanted you to know b/c it’s near the top of the list and there’s a nice chunk of space devoted to it. If you have another url do you mind forwarding it to me? It sounds like a great idea!


  3. Clara Ray Rusinek Klein says:

    Hi Morgen,

    Another literary journal you might consider listing on your site:

    A Quiet Courage considers and publishes microfiction and poetry that is 100 words or less in length. For more information and for the full submission guidelines, please see

    Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

    Clara Ray Rusinek Klein
    Founder and Editor in Chief
    A Quiet Courage literary journal


  4. Ryan says:

    Hey Morgen, phenomenally useful post! If you’re intending to update it at any point, I’d love to put forward Ash Tales for inclusion.

    Based in the UK, we publish original post apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, exploring the end of the world in short stories (up to 2,000 words in length) and 20-minute narrated podcast episodes. Ash Tales accepts submissions year-round, and there’s no cost for submission 🙂

    Here’s the site:

    Thanks in advance!


    • morgenbailey says:

      No problem at all, Ryan. I’ve approved this comment and will add Ash Tales to the page next time I’m updating. If you ever run a competition, do let me know as I’m the Competitive Edge columnist for Writers’ Forum magazine.


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