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27 Places to Sell Flash Fiction

What even is flash fiction? Because the major awards don’t have a “flash fiction” category, there is no standard definition. Most publications agree that if it’s under 1,001 words, it is flash fiction. Some stretch that to under 1,501 words or even 2,001 words. Some ask for fiction that’s under 501 words. (And then there’s micro-fiction, which is usually under 300 words, and drabbles, which are exactly 100 words long.)

How do you know if a publication is flash fiction friendly? Even if they don’t list a minimum wordcount in their guidelines, flash fiction may be a hard sell. If they specifically mention flash fiction in their guidelines, that’s a good sign! If they say that they have more room for shorter stories, that’s a good sign!

What’s the best place to sell flash fiction? Flash fiction contests are worth considering. Low risk, high reward! Publications that specialize in flash fiction are a good bet. When comparing publications, remember that a flat pay rate instead of a per-word pay rate may be a better deal for flash fiction. And for these very short pieces, it’s great to find publications with a minimum guaranteed payment.

Here are 27 places to sell your flash fiction.

NameMin WordcountMax WordcountWhat they wantPay Per Word USD (originals)Flat Pay USD (originals)Payment NotesWebsiteNotes
Factor Four Magazine01,000All speculative flash fiction, especially SF, fantasy, supernatural, and superhero fiction$0.110https://factorfourmag.com/submissionsinfo/
Arcanist, The01,000SF/F/Horror flash fiction$0.100https://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4
Third Flatiron Press6003,000Science fiction, fantasy, horror, themed issues. Flash fiction, no theme required.$0.080https://thirdflatiron.com/ONE-TIME THEME: 7/19/22 – 8/2/22 things with feathers (hope or the loss of)
Baffling Magazine (Neon Hemlock)01,200All speculative flash fiction$0.080https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Pseudopod (Podcast)5006,000Horror and dark fantasy$0.080$100 for reprints, $20 for flash fictionhttp://pseudopod.org/submissions/An Escape Artists publication. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION PERIODS: 3/1/22-7/31/22 (2022 anthologies and collections), 8/12/22-8/21/22
Gargantua (Air and Nothingness Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 12/1/22-1/31/231,0001,000All genres, flash fiction, themed to massive engineering megastructures$0.080http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Metastellar01,000Fantasy, SF, and horror flash fiction$0.080https://www.metastellar.com/write-for-us/flash-fiction-story-submission/ONE-TIME SUBMISSION WINDOW 10/1/22 – 10/31/22. NOTE: submission gives right of publication, even without a contract signing
Campfire Macabre Vol 2 (Cemetery Gates Media) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1/22-8/15/225001,500Horror flash fiction, themed to When We Were Getting High, My Last Trick ‘r Treat, Body Grotesquerie, Ominous Visitors from Deep Space, or Out in the Fields, Forests, and Lakes$0.080https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/submissions/
Cast of Wonders Podcast07,500Clean YA SF/F/H$0.080$100 flat for reprints, $20 for flash fictionhttp://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/ONE-TIME 2022 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 06/15/22 – 06/30/22 (Young Authors), 08/01/22 – 08/31/22 (Flash Fiction Contest) ### Query first for > 6,000 words.
Podcastle (Podcast)06,000Fantasy fiction$0.080$100 for reprints, $20 for flash fictionhttp://podcastle.org/guidelines/An Escape Artists publication. Original fiction up to 6,000 words, reprints up to 17,000. ONE-TIME SUBMISSION THEME: Indigenous Magic (#ownvoices) 7/1/22 – 7/31/22
Frozen Wavelets01,500Speculative flash fiction and poetry$0.080https://earthianhivemind.net/frozen-wavelets/Reprints 500 – 1,500 or fewer words, original fiction 750 or fewer words.
Orion’s Belt01,200Literary speculative flash fiction$0.080https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions
PodCastle Flash Fiction Contest RECURRING CONTEST – DUE 3/1 – 3/310500Fantasy flash fiction$0.080https://podcastle.org/2021/02/16/podcastle-flash-fiction-contest-vi/Recurring contest, rotates between Escape Artists publications Escape Pod, PodCastle, and PseudoPod.
Flame Tree Newsletter Flash Fiction7001,000Horror and sci-fi, themed. Subscribe to free newsletter for themes.$0.080https://www.flametreepress.com/submissions/SUBMISSION PERIOD: usually 2 weeks at the beginning of the month
Shoreline of Infinity06,000SF and Fantasy$0.052Pays £40/1,000 wordshttp://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/RIGHTS: Also takes audio rights. ONE-TIME 2022 SUBMISSION PERIODS: 6/13 – 8/28 (flash fiction competition), 9/11 – 9/14
Apparition Lit05,000Speculative fiction, themed. Separate monthly flash fiction contest.$0.050$50 minhttps://apparitionlit.com/submissions/Submission periods: 2/15 – 2/28, 5/15 – 5/31, 8/15-08/31 (ONE-TIME 2022 THEME: Nostalgia), 11/15 – 11/30, with a 1-week extension each period for BIPOC.
Dose of Dread5001,000Flash horror fiction$0.020https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1st – 15th Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct
Wyldblood Press – Wyld Flash01,000Speculative flash fiction$0.012Pays £.01/wordhttps://wyldblood.com/submissions-2/
Starward Shadows Quarterly5004,000All spec-fic$0.010Flash fiction is paid $10 flat.https://starwardshadows.com/submissions/
Wyngraf – flash fiction01,001Secondary world cozy fantasy flash fiction$0.010https://wyngraf.com/2022/03/20/now-open-to-cozy-flash-and-microfiction/
Hypnos Magazine010,000Weird fiction and cosmic horror$0.010$.03/wd for flash fictionhttp://www.radiumtownpress.com/guidelines.htmlFast response time.
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine010,000All speculative fiction and poetry, especially humorous and lighthearted$0.007AU $0.01, min AU$20, max AU$100. Flash fiction and poetry AU$10.https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/Subscribers and AU/NZ authors can submit up to 20,000 words. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 7/1/22.
Electric Literature010,000Literary, all genres, incl. experimental. The Commuter takes flash fiction. Recommended Reading takes short stories.$300.00$100 for flashhttps://electricliterature.submittable.com/submitSUBMISSION PERIODS: Recommended Reading (short stories) has 2 1-week open submission periods, usually in Spring and Fall, The Commuter (flash fiction) has 4 1-week submission periods. NOTE: Long response time.
Craft Literary06,000Literary, with a focus on writing craft$200.00$100 for flashhttps://www.craftliterary.com/submit/
Three-Lobed Burning Eye07,500All speculative fiction, western, and suspense$100.00$100 per story, or $30 for flash fiction.http://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
Flash Fiction Online5001,000All genres, including SF/F/H and literary$80.00https://www.flashfictiononline.com/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/what-were-looking-for-and-not/Submission period: 1st to 21st monthly, closed December.
Daily Science Fiction1001,500SF, fantasy, slipstream, dark fantasy but not pure horror, etc.$0.080Plus $.05/wd if they choose to use story in anthology.http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit/story/guidelines
Flash Fiction Markets
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Featured Market

Mysterion wants speculative fiction that engages with Christianity. Open for submissions during July 2022.

We are looking for speculative stories that meaningfully engage with Christianity.

Your story doesn’t need to teach a moral or cleave closely to an approved theological position. 

Your story doesn’t need to be pro-Christian. We’re unlikely to publish anything that insults us, but we do want to read stories that challenge us. Having said that, there are tropes we see too often in stories critical of Christian faith and tradition: evil preachers, theocratic dystopias, Christians abandoning their faith because something inexplicable happened, crazy Christians trying to bring about the apocalypse by doing something in Israel, an unambiguously evil God. Any of these will be a hard sell.

There are tropes we see too often on the pro-Christian side, too. Stories where the plot resolution hinges on one or more characters becoming Christian, apocalypse stories based on a literal reading of Revelation, rapture stories, spiritual warfare with angels and demons as characters, retold Bible stories, allegory, theocratic utopias, anything that reads like C.S. Lewis fanfic. You’d have to do a very unique take on one of these to get anything other than a quick rejection.


Basics: themed speculative fiction, up to 9,000 words, pays $.08/wd for original work, $.04/wd for reprints, reprints okay, annual submission periods in January and July.

Guidelines: https://www.mysteriononline.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

Market List Updates

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NameWhat they wantPay Per Word USD (originals)Flat Pay USD (originals)WebsiteNotes
Alternate History (Flame Tree Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/11/22SFF themed to alternate history$0.080https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/alternate-history-call-for-submissions-0-0
Baffling Magazine (Neon Hemlock)All speculative flash fiction$0.080https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Hidden Realms (Flame Tree Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/11/22SFF themed to hidden places$0.080https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/hidden-realms-call-for-submissions-0?
MysterionSF, fantasy, and horror with Christian themes$0.080http://www.mysteriononline.com/p/submission-guidelines.htmlSUBMISSION WINDOWS: January, July
Third Flatiron PressScience fiction, fantasy, horror, themed issues. Flash fiction, no theme required.$0.080https://thirdflatiron.com/ONE-TIME THEME: 7/19/22 – 8/2/22 things with feathers (hope or the loss of)
MythuluSF/F/H, themed$0.040https://mythulu.com/emagazine-submission-call/
Night Frights (Dark Moon Digest) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/1PG-rated YA horror$0.030https://perpetualpublishing.com/2022/05/21/now-open-for-submissions-night-frights-a-ya-horror-magazine/
Superstition (Redwood Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22 until fullHorror and dark fiction and poetry themed to superstition$0.020https://redwood-press.com/category/submissions/
Wyldblood Press – Wyld FlashSpeculative flash fiction$0.012https://wyldblood.com/submissions-2/
Museum Piece (Metaphorosis Books) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/31/22SFF themed to museums$0.010https://books.metaphorosis.com/open-calls/
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight MagazineAll speculative fiction and poetry, especially humorous and lighthearted$0.007https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/Subscribers and AU/NZ authors can submit up to 20,000 words. ONE-TIME CLOSURE until 7/1/22.
Islandia JournalAll genres, themed to myth, folklore, history, and ecology of Florida and the Caribbean$100.00https://www.islandiajournal.com/
Short Story SubstackAll genres$100.00https://shortstory.substack.com/p/coming-soon
Flash Fiction OnlineAll genres, including SF/F/H and literary$80.00https://www.flashfictiononline.com/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/what-were-looking-for-and-not/Submission period: 1st to 21st monthly, closed December.
Reclaiming Joy (WriteHive) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 7/1/22 – 8/30/22Speculative fiction themed to reclaiming joy after difficulties$30.00https://writehive.org/news/coming-soon-reclaiming-joy-anthology/
Future Fire, TheProgressive speculative fiction and poetry$20.00http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.htmlPrefers under 7,500 words.
Haunted Train, The: Creepy Tales from the Railways ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 8/15/22Stories about trains$10.72https://www.raynehall.com/general-8
Incubate (Speculation Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FULLFeminist horror themed to rage$10.00https://www.speculationpub.com/submissions
Insignia’s Best Asian Speculative Fiction ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – DUE 6/1 – 6/30All speculative fiction set in Asia with an Asian main character, reprints only$5.00https://insigniastories.com/subs/
Wyldblood Press – Novels and NovellasScience fiction and fantasy$0.00https://wyldblood.com/submissions-2/
Updated Listings for June

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