We’ll take any great story that can be classified under the umbrella of
commercial or genre fiction (romance, mystery, crime, etc). What gets us
excited is speculative fiction in all its guises (fantasy,
science-fiction, magic realism, surrealism, slipstream, urban fantasy,
horror, steampunk, silk punk, cyberpunk, etc).
We define flash fiction as stories between 500 to 1000 words.
Submitted stories that fall within these limits will automatically be
classified as flash. Just like a great short story, a great piece of
flash ought to impress us with finesse throughout its entirety, instead
of hinging solely on an unexpected twist at the end.
For a bigger (or smaller) challenge, send us a work of micro fiction
(less than 100 words). Be sure it still tells a “complete story” that
has a beginning-middle-end with conflict and resolution. Micro fiction
shares a lot of the same elements with prose poetry. We like to think
the difference is an emphasis on character and character development
rather than on an image.
We love flash fiction. Stories between 250 and 1,000 words are some
of the best being written today. It’s a form that cannot get enough
attention, so another journal to showcase it makes a lot of sense to us.
Over time writers tend to write stories simply because they can, they
have that talent. What is lost by doing this is the sense of fun and
discovery they likely had at the beginning of their careers. The white
page should not be a place writers go to do nothing more than what they
are able. It should be a place where, like children, they see endless
possibilities that bring smiles to their faces. If you didn’t have fun
writing your story, it’s probably not going to be much fun for us to
It goes without saying that any literary journal will have to endure
its fair share of amateur work. However, if you’re serious enough to be
submitting your writing for possible publication, you should be serious
enough to make sure it’s the best work you can manage at that time.
Polish it and make it a goal to present yourself as a professional.
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A few likes: magical realism, surrealism, modern fables, innovative
structure, lyrical prose, light horror and science fiction, unique