Seriously, folks, I’m not sure what internet-SEO-magic resurrected this ancient page, but it’s not the drone you’re looking for.
We just made some changes to what we will publish. Quoting from the new guidelines page:
As of 3/25/2008, we are no longer accepting submissions for stories of fewer than 500 words. All submissions must be between 500 and 1,100 words. (Stories of greater than 1000 words, if accepted, will be edited to 1,000 words.)
Stories submitted before 3/25/2008 will be reviewed for possible inclusion even if they are smaller. We had originally said that we favored the high end of the flash range, and that continues, but we still may accept smaller stories for the May and June 2008 issues.
Also as of 3/25/2008, we will be paying a flat $50 for all stories. Since the stories we publish will range from 500-1,000 words, this implies a per-word rate of five to ten cents.
The new payment terms will be retroactive for our earlier authors. It might take me a while to get the back payments out to everyone, but it won’t be any later than December 2008. 🙂