Submission Guidelines

How To Submit

Click over to Submishmash to submit. 

WE DO NOT ACCEPT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS.

AS OF MARCH 1, 2015, WE ARE OPEN TO REPRINTS. Payment is $.02 (two cents) per word. You must include where the piece has been published before. All general guidelines apply. 

 

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.

No erotica, porn, graphic sex, or violence.

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 We do not publish poetry, nor do we publish fiction with poetry-like formatting.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., rtf., or txt. files only. No docx.

***Submitting in Times New Roman or Courier New font, 12 pt. Double spaced, left alignment, and one-inch margins gives you brownie points.

5. Omit all author information (including your name) from the text body, headers, and text file name. Include author information in the cover letter only. This allows 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 Submishmash submission form or in one text document. DO NOT submit more than 3 stories at once.

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, follow THIS LINK, The Slushpile Avalanche: http://slusheditor.blogspot.com/2010/01/managing-story-length.html

ON RESPONSE TIME AND QUERIES: Our response time ranges from 2 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.

ON US: Want to know more about us? Visit our staff page, read our stories, sign up for a free subscription. We’re also on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook. Look us up, Like us, Tweet us.

 

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

Here is our FFO Sample Contract

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, and MP3 (audio) formats. Distribution will be through this Web site and a variety of other electronic means, including but not exclusively epub, mobi, and pdf. This payment also provides us with a non-exclusive one-time right to publish the stories in an anthology. 

All other rights for the work remain with the author.

Response Times and Queries

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

To query about a previously submitted story, send an email to editor@flashfictiononline.com with “QUERY” in the subject line.


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127 comments
Childersr
Childersr

Is a cover letter required? If so what information are you looking for in one?

spacehog
spacehog

The guidelines state that you want First Digital Rights. Does this mean that after it appears on FFO we can't slap the story in a collection and toss it on Amazon? Is there a time limit on FFO being able to use the story in different formats?

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@spacehog We ask for 6 month exclusivity in our contract.

Devdeep
Devdeep

Do you accept submissions from international writers?

Devdeep
Devdeep

I am from India and wanted to submit a story...

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Devdeep Yes. We encourage a wide range of voices and look forward to international submissions.

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@JuneMcAllister Except the title. And invisible words. Invisible words don't count either.

AryanHari
AryanHari

Hi, 

How many days it take to you respond for a submission?

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@AryanHari ON RESPONSE TIME AND QUERIES: Our response time ranges from 2 to 10 weeks.

Jenn
Jenn

Hi there, 

I'm a writer and I'm rather interested in submitting a flash fiction, but since I'm from the Philippines, would you still accept my story? 


Thank! 

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Jenn Yes. We accept international submissions.

Daniel
Daniel

Dear Moderator,

How patient you are.  

Blessings,

Daniel

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Daniel Would you like a job?

Paul John Welsh
Paul John Welsh

Hi

Do you accept stories from UK/Europe, or just USA ?

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Paul John Welsh We accept international submissions.

Les
Les

Hi, I just read that you are accepting reprints.  It said you pay 2 cents a word.  Yet under payment you pay 60 dollars.  I am confused or am I missing something?

Daniel
Daniel

@Les They mean you get paid 60 bucks for a non reprint.  20 bucks for a reprint.

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Daniel Nailed it. :)

Bristolbelle
Bristolbelle

Forgive me but I am confused!!! 

The 2nd line of your information How to Submit says:

 WE DO NOT ACCEPT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS.  I take that to require postal mail. OK

However, under THE  IMPORTANT STUFF section 4 it says:

4. FORMAT: doc., rtf., or txt. files only. No docx.

***Submitting in Times New Roman or Courier New font, 12 pt. Double spaced, left alignment, and one-inch margins gives you brownie points.

Now to me doc., rtf., or txt. files only. No docx. suggests you CAN use email if sent using rtf.

Which method is acceptable?  I would be sending material from England.  Many thanks Judy G

Daniel
Daniel

@Bristolbelle They mean you can't submit your story within the body of an email.  You need to submit via email with the story attached in one of the specified filetype formats.

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Bristolbelle What Daniel said.

MathewRaynes
MathewRaynes

My flash fiction is sitting at 486 words. If I add any thing to it I feel it will ruin the story. Would u guys be open to receiving a submission of that word count?

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@MathewRaynes No. I'm sorry to say that you must sully your story with fourteen more words. We have a hard word count of 500-1000 words.

StFidimaye
StFidimaye

Hello. Please,  I need clarification on two things. First is, can you please provide more information on the Cover Letter. What should the content be and to whom should it be addressed? Second is, I live in a country where PayPal isn't in use anymore. Can I be paid via Western Union?

Feuervogel
Feuervogel

Do you find it difficult separating the subjective interpretation from the objective in the guidelines?

Oops
Oops

how do you withdraw a submission? I couldn't figure out to whom my cover letter should  be addressed and then I got the confirmation email...with the editor's name. (Which was not the name I put down.) 

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Oops Log in to Submittable. There's an option there to withdraw.

MC
MC

I've used the word 'fuck' & 'dick' in my story. I couldn't find anything about the use of abusive language in the guidelines. Will it be okay? Should I use F*** instead?

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@MC Use the language necessary to tell the story. Plain and simple. If we feel the language is gratuitous and doesn't further the storytelling, but we like your story enough to publish it, we'll ask you to remove the offending word. 

edward
edward

how do you pay international authors? By PayPal? Will they be notified in case of rejected articles?




AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@edward By PayPal. And yes, all authors are notified when their stories are either accepted or rejected.

NC
NC

Do you accept stories that were posted in personal blogs or is it considered as published already (and therefore won't accept it)?

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

Blogs are also considered publication and are not eligible for publication in FFO.

srinidihm
srinidihm

What if I published my work on FictionPress? Is that pre-published? 

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

We consider that published. It is not eligible for publication by FFO. but we look forward to reading your original, unpublished submissions.

AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@David That should be fine. Critters is a password protected workshop. You're not putting your manuscript out there for the whole world to see.

Curious757
Curious757

Are these guidelines supposed to be the fictional representation of a self-important, small-time editor obsessed with control in order to compensate for a failed writing career?

Curious 758
Curious 758

@Curious757 Is this comment supposed to be the fictional representation of a self-important, nobody commenter obsessed with criticising minor, arbitrary details in order to compensate for a meaningless and unimportant life?

Feuervogel
Feuervogel

Is there a bit of frustration at rejections going on here?


AnnaY
AnnaY moderator

@Feuervogel There is a therapy group that meets every fifth Thursday at one.

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