Submission Guidelines

FLASH FICTION ONLINE IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO ALL SUBMISSION CATEGORIES!

How To Submit:

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Click over to Submittable to submit. (http://ffo.submittable.com/submit)

WE DO NOT ACCEPT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST GO THROUGH SUBMITTABLE. *

*DO NOT EMAIL ANNA/SUZANNE AND ASK WHERE TO MAIL THINGS. <<stern look>>

Flash Fiction Online strives to publish fiction that presents the full variety of humanity in its pages. As such, we encourage submissions from writers of every stripe. We particularly like to see stories from writers whose backgrounds not well-represented in the field of short fiction, whether it be due to race/ethnicity, religion, ability, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or something not listed in this statement.

ALERTS:

    • All Open Office or Libre Office users:  Due to an incompatibility issue, when an Open Office or Libre Office file is converted to a .doc file the last line of text disappears in our Submittable Document Viewer.  To prevent this from happening to your story, PLEASE add a blank line at the end of your story by hitting ‘Enter’ after the last line.  For good measure, add ‘END’ followed by a blank line.
    • AS OF MARCH 1, 2015, WE ARE OPEN TO REPRINTS. Please submit Reprints in the REPRINT category. Reprints submitted through any other category will be returned unread. Payment is $.02 (two cents) per word. You must include where the piece has been published before. All general guidelines apply.
    • No erotica, porn, graphic sex, or egregious violence.  
    • Please do not use Flash Fiction Online to fulfill school assignments.
    • We are an American-based, English language publication.It is imperative that authors use correct English grammar, syntax, and spelling (Yank or Anglo spellings are acceptable).
    • We have had FAR too many mother/child themed stories lately.  We will NOT be considering anymore until Fall 2017.

What We Look For

We publish stories from 500 to 1,000 words in length.

They’re very short, but they are still stories. That means the best ones have strong, interesting characters, plots, and (to some extent, at least) settings.

We welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Regarding Content

We’re not that concerned about genre. Many of us have a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, but we also like literary fiction; and in any case, great flash stories aren’t always easily classified. If you wrote it, and you love it, then submit it.

THE IMPORTANT STUFF:

1. STORY LENGTH:

500 to 1000 words (up to 1100 words with the caveat that if accepted the story will have to be cut to 1000 words.) Submissions of fewer than 500 words or more than 1100 words WILL be returned unread. Please include an exact word count.

2. Stories only:

We do not publish poetry, nor do we publish fiction with poetry-like formatting. Reprints are okay. Submit them under the appropriate link and let us know where they have been previously published.

3. No simultaneous submissions.

4. FORMAT:

doc., docx., rtf., or txt. files only.

***WE MUCH prefer Times New Roman or a similar font.  Please do not use Courier.  Suzanne hates it.

Indicated scene breaks are REQUIRED!  Please denote scene breaks with # or *.

What I LOVE to see in formatting: Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced, left-aligned, indicated scene breaks (use # or *), auto-formatted paragraph indents, and one-inch margins.

Suzanne MUCH prefers Times New Roman or a similar font.

Please do not use Courier.  I hate it. Submitting in Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced, left-aligned, indicated scene breaks (use # or *), auto-formatted paragraph indents, and one-inch margins will make the editor happy.

Omit ALL author information (name, address, phone, email, etc.) from the text body, headers, and text file name. Include author information in the cover letter only. This allows for anonymity in our selection process, and ensures that stories are selected entirely on merit – not previous publication credits.

6. We DO accept multiple submissions.

Submit multiple submissions as a SEPARATE submission for each story—DO NOT submit multiple stories in one Submittable submission form or in one text document. DO NOTsubmit more than 3 stories at once.

7. No resubmissions or rewrites

Previously rejected stories will not be accepted unless specifically requested by the Editor-in-Chief.

HELPFUL STUFF:

ON HARD SELLS:

Check out our short list.

ON STORY:

Flash fiction is very short but still a story, complete with a resolved plot and strong, interesting characters. Flash fiction is not a story synopsis or a scene from a novel. For a pretty good article (if I do say so myself) on writing flash fiction: The Slushpile Avalanche.

ON RESPONSE TIME AND QUERIES:

We are an open submission market. Please do not query prior to submitting. Query only to ask after the status of your already-submitted story. Our response time ranges from 2 days to 10 weeks. Queries are only for stories that have already been submitted. Please do not query until at least 8 weeks after submission. Send queries to editor@flashfictiononline.com. Include QUERY in the subject line.

Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are unable to give personal feedback or critiques.

ON US:

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SFWA Qualification

Publication in Flash Fiction Online counts toward the requirements for membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

Although the SFWA recognizes this magazine as a professional market, we frequently publish literary fiction and other genres.

Payment and Rights

As of April 1, 2014, we pay sixty dollars ($60) per story. This payment provides us with first electronic rights, including HTML, PDF, plain text, print and MP3 (audio) formats. Distribution will be through this Web site and a variety of other electronic and print means, including but not exclusively epub, mobi, pdf, ibook and print. This payment also provides us with a non-exclusive one-time right to publish the stories in an anthology. For reprints, we pay $.02 (two cents) per word for nonexclusive rights.