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Flash Fiction Publisher List


There are a lot of people in the blogoshpere posting fiction on their blogs, and most of it falls into the flash fiction spectrum–I mean, why wouldn’t a format that is pressured to be short not be a hotbed for flash stories? So to all my fellow blog authors out there, I ask you why not try to get some of those pieces published? Or instead of doing Friday Fictioneers, or Taco Typewriter Tuesdays, or whatever, go to a flash site and try to write an original piece on their theme?

Somehow I stumbled on this very thorough list of flash publishers. I’d say around a third to a half of the ones listed on this site accept reprints or stuff you previously posted on your blog. Check out a few and send out a story or two. What’s the worse that could happen? Getting rejected? Don’t worry, editors are very kind in shutting you down. You’ll get over it.

Flash Fiction Publishers List

While your at it, you might be interested in reading up on the common manuscript format many publishers use, often referred to as the Shunn Format.

Well, I hope this helps!

31 Responses to Flash Fiction Publisher List

  1. Haha, are they really kind at shutting down?
    By the way, yes you are absolutely right! If we look on the positive side, there are so many possibilities.

    • Usually I get rejection letters that say something like “Thank you for letting us read your work, and although it isn’t a good fit for us, we hope you find a place for it.” And many places will even say “Send us more stuff in the future.” So yes, I’d consider it kind. It’s probably a lot of hogwash, but I have never been told by an editor that they outright “didn’t like” my work. It’s always “not a good fit.”

    • Here’s what Smokelong recently sent me:

      Thank you for your submission of “No Escape” to SmokeLong Quarterly. We gave the story careful consideration, and though we are not accepting it for publication, we hope you find a better fit for it elsewhere.

      Thanks again for trusting us with your work.

      –Very kind, no?

  2. This is great. Thanks very much 🙂

  3. I keep meaning to submit something, somewhere, but never quite know where so that’s a very useful list, thank you.

  4. Thanks JM! Well all we can do is try and keep on trying if we think we have something worth publishing. Do you submit one story or a few stories at a time, and are they always the same stories? Sorry for the painfully obvious newbie questions!

    • I try to write at least one or two new stories per week, some end up on the blog but many dont. I send a story to a publisher if I think its decent, I dont wait for masterpieces. If it gets rejected, oh well. Once a piece is sent out, it starts a cycle of rejection-revise-resend that just keeps going. The timeframe depends a lot on the turn around time with publishers. I have an extendensive list of places, so if one editor doesn’t like it, I look over the story, give it some tweaks and try another one. I sent out one today that’s already been rejected five times. I’m still convinced its a decent story. Probably wont get any money, but there are a lot of publishers that don’t pay and thus are less competitive. I got about 30 stories in this cycle right now.

      • Wow! 30 stories in Cycle…it’s been a while since I dove into the publishing thing…it’s all about control, money, etc…I decided then I’d lean to self-publishing. Someday. That day has not come. Thank you for your candid assessment and resources on the issue 🙂

        • I have some plans for self-publishing. I’m thinking I will self-publish my Iric series once I have a couple dozen of them, and once my book is out which is set in the same world. But then again there’s nothing keeping you from self-publishing stories you’ve had in magazines once the first-publish rights run out. Double-dipping!

    • But I think my way of doing things is just that, my way. Everybody has to figure out their own method. Some writers might have just one or two pieces they want to try to publish, their absolute best. I like to imagine there’s a place for the less incredible stuff too.

      • I do believe that every story has a reader and it’s just the matter of reaching them, I write because I like seeing the words appear – sounds silly but it is to me very gratifying to see my thoughts in words. I would like to give it a go and thank you for explaining the way you do it, I see so much effort on your part and applaud you on your tenacity and passion to continue writing. I could probably manage to recycle 2 or 3 stories till I exhaust myself – nothing I have written thus far I feel is worth publishing at this time though so we will see how it’s accepted or rejected. All the best JM and thank you again for sharing your knowledge and wisdom!

  5. It’s really nice to see perspectives of other writers and how they go about pushing themselves to the next level. Thank you for your insight 🙂

    • My thinking is that to get any agent to even read a sample of my book manuscript, I’m going to need some publishing credits, even it they are unpaid. I need to prove my competence. I am pretty satisfied how things have gone so far.

  6. Hey! Thanks for putting this great list together for all of us to benefit from. I haven’t even dared submitting anything, even to an unpaid publication yet. But hearing about how it works for fellow writers is always a great comfort and motivator!

  7. This is exactly the frame of mind to have. I used to post on my blog but never thought to reach out and find someone who looks for submissions. Once I put myself out there I’ve gotten poems published and have started to lose my fear of rejection and simply enjoy learning more about the writing communities out there. That’s also why I started a magazine myself. Not taking rejections personal has helped me so much, not everyone enjoys the same thing, so it’s going to take time to find those who are looking for exactly what you’re writing, but you won’t find them if you’re too scared to try- DV

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