Flash Fiction Submissions Step 1 : Read Submission Guidelines If you would like your story read, please read the instructions carefully—including instructions on the submission form. We will reject your story if you do not. Our time is valuable, please help us by being thorough. We Want STORIES What qualifies as a STORY is subjective, but in general… It should have a beginning, middle, and end with conflict and resolution. Conflict = There needs to be an incident or event of some kind. Something must happen to qualify as a STORY. Resolution = In the end, the character’s world is different as a result of the incident and how it was dealt with. When in doubt ask yourself, “Did something happen?” We are not interested in lyrical musings, journal entries, poetry, vignettes, or slices of life with no discernible plot or STORY. Are there any submission fees? Free Submissions - We have—and always will have—free submissions. Free - 1 Per Month Priority Submissions - Priority Submissions are for those that desire in-depth feedback on their story. This option can be selected during the submission process. $30 - Per Story Flash Fiction Masters - You can reduce the cost of Priority Submissions with a monthly subscription. This option includes access to the Flash Fiction Masters Facebook group and a few extra bonuses. Learn more about Flash Fiction Masters NOTE: Our paid options do not entitle you to publication. We consider all submissions for publication equally. We are not a “pay to publish” publication. What do we accept? We accept fiction stories between 300–1000 words. Read Flash Fiction Magazine books to see what stories we have previously paid for. No previously published work. Google does not like duplicate content. Please don't publish your story anywhere else on the web, including your own website. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Let our editors know if your story is accepted elsewhere. Do not submit excerpts from your latest novel or short stories. Flash fiction should be a complete story. Flash fiction isn’t non-fiction or personal memoir—but by all means, fictionalize these. We do not accept poetry. We do not accept children’s fiction. We do not accept erotica. Adult themes including sex, violence, and even politics are fair game. We don't need any more stories about the writing process. We have a huge audience of readers who are not authors. Don't bore them. We don’t want to get into rights issues, so no living public figures as characters, fan-fiction involving proprietary characters (Batman, etc.), and song lyrics. Passing references to all of these are fine. What do we pay? We pay $40 (USD) for stories selected to be in Flash Fiction Magazine anthologies. You will be contacted with further details should you be selected. We do not provide monetary compensation for stories published on our website. Do I retain my rights? You retain all rights to your work. However, we kindly ask that you not publish your story online—including your own website. This is not a “rights” issue, Google simply does not like duplicate content. If your story is selected for one of our anthologies, your rights will be slightly different. If that happens, you will be emailed a formal contract to review and sign. We will not publish without your consent. What else? We edit spelling and punctuation to meet our style guidelines. Any substantial edits will be submitted to the author for approval. You are allowed one submission per month. Priority Submissions are exempt from this rule. Please submit one work at a time. Do not re-submit a declined story unless asked. If we publish one of your stories, please wait two months before submitting another. Priority Submissions are exempt from this rule. There are additional instructions during the submission process. Please take care to follow them so that your submission is readable. Step 2Author Name*This is your Pen Name and will be displayed publicly with your story. First Name* Enter the name you use for email communication. This is used for communication and will not be made public. Last Name* Step 3E-mail* Enter Email Confirm Email Step 4Story Title* DO NOT use all caps for your title. Use proper title case. This tool will do it for you. Step 5Story* Read this carefully if you want your story read! The only text you should include in this field is the body of your story. Do not enter the Title. Do not enter your name or contact information. Does your story require italics? Surround the text you want italicized with asterisks. Example: *italicized text* If your story requires a scene break, indicate it with *** Make sure there is a single blank-space between paragraphs after you paste your story. Step 6Author Biography Step 7Website Enter the URL of your website. Readers will have the option to click your name at the end of your story. Step 8Twitter HandleAre you on Twitter? We will Tweet about your story and give it exposure. Step 9Would you like a copy of Flash Fiction Magazine?* Get your complimentary copy of Flash Fiction Magazine when you sign up to get our stories delivered to your email. We publish one story a day. YesNoI already get them Step 10Authors Only ListThe AOL is a weekly email delivered on Tuesday. Example topics include: Top 10 Reasons Flash Fiction Stories Get Rejected (First email) 12 Submission Tips to Increase Your Odds of Getting Published 8 Flash Fiction Editing Tips Tips on writing in general Tips on promoting your work Writing contest information YesNoI already get them Step 11General Comments / FeedbackWe would love to hear your thoughts about the site or anything else that is on your mind. —Shannon Step 12 You can help shape the future of FFM by answering the questions below. If you don't wish to take part, simply leave them blank. Otherwise the results will be skewed. What's your #1 single biggest writing challenge right now?Please be as detailed and specific as possible. (Please go beyond saying "editing" or "improving book sales". The more specific and detailed you are, the more likely we will be able to cover your topic 🙂 Are you interested in publishing novels?I want to publish novelsI do NOT want to publish novels Which of the following best describes you?I currently have books for sale.I do not have books for sale. Which of the following best describes you?I am interested in self-publishing.I am not interested in self-publishing.I might be interested in self-publishing. Which of the following best describes you?I have self-published a book on Amazon or other digital platform.I have not self-published any books.I am traditionally published but want to transition to self-publishing.Which of the following best describes you?I am not interested in publishing books at all.I want to be traditionally published.I am currently self-published but I want to be traditionally published. Step 13 - Almost Done Do you want feedback on your story? Are you frustrated when you submit a story only to get a rejection without explanation? As a publisher, we understand why this happens: The publisher does not have enough time or resources to provide feedback to hundreds or thousands of writers. We understand your frustration, because we are writers just like you. We understand how valuable feedback is and how it can improve your writing. You can not improve as a writer without feedback and instruction. Without instruction from experienced writers and editors, your progress will be slow and frustrating. You will make the same mistakes over and over again. You will be blind to your weaknesses and develop bad habits. Most frustrating of all: You will keep getting rejected without any insight on how you can improve. Feedback from a trusted and experienced editor is the solution. Becoming a great writer takes time, but you can speed up the process with skilled instruction. The best way to improve your writing quickly is to know your strengths and weaknesses. We have the experience to recognize them. Our editors have read and edited thousands of stories and are familiar with common mistakes. They will read your story with clarity and find the flaws. They will identify your weaknesses and offer suggestions about what you should be focusing on. It worked for these writers, and it will work for you. Here is what a few authors said about the feedback they received: I was grateful for the helpful suggestions given by the editor, especially regarding tips on character growth in the piece. I liked that for major changes, the editor did not directly hand me the solution but only identified the area of improvement, giving me the chance to explore solutions. Throughout the process, I learned what goes into making a reader connect with the characters. The critique was of great help in improving the story and also imparted valuable lessons that I'll carry with me in my future writing. —Deepti Nalavade Mahule I am exceedingly pleased with the prompt and helpful suggestions from Dina Paulson-McEwen. It is impressive that Flash Fiction Magazine offers this wonderful opportunity for a writer like me to improve and enhance my writing skills. Whatever the outcome, whether my story is accepted or not, I am so glad I have become a submitter to FFM and can learn and grow through your editorial services. —Carol W. Blatter, LCSW, DCSW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work My Priority Submission experience at Flash Fiction Magazine was fabulous. I have been exuberant with the whole experience, and I take every opportunity to promote your service to other writers who need that extra guidance in fine tuning their writing skills. The cost is extremely reasonable, and for that price, I got a lot more back than what I had anticipated. —Loucas Raptis Trasie did more than make grammar suggestions. She inspired me to look more deeply at what I was trying to say and convey that more convincingly through the characters in my story. She also made a terrific suggestion for the ending, which I incorporated into my re-write of this section. I have always believed that writers need the help of a good editor. Trasie proved that for me. —Joe Cappello I write this still unaware of the final disposition of my submission but certain that, accepted or not, my experience through the Priority Submission process has made my writing better. C.T. has been insightful, kind, and helpful along the way. Her gentle suggestions helped turn a character study into a story. It’s been a truly revelatory experience! It’s remarkable that a couple of thoughtful editorial questions can alter what one expects of one’s work going forward. I’m grateful for the experience. —Chris Ingram I found the Priority Submission experience very much worth the cost. I have used it previously and found (both this time and the previous time) that the editors assigned my story were not only genuinely helpful, but also very kind. I even got a suggestion for a title, which was unexpected and one of those things that you might only see as handy in retrospect. You guys do very good work, send out positive vibes, which makes for a very chill, yet insightful experience. I would recommend the editing service to anyone who wants tips on a new style they want to try out (which was the case for me this time), anyone who feels stuck with a story, or anyone who writes really. —Tamara Panici I received thoughtful, thus helpful feedback—not boilerplate 'junk'. I used it to re-work my pieces; more importantly, I used the feedback to think about my work and apply the feedback to works since. I will use the service again in the future. —l.woods I have been very impressed with the priority submission process. Within a day I received very detailed and helpful editing recommendations that have definitely improved my submission. I’m still working on responding to the full list of possible improvements. —Kaia Gallagher I was very pleased with the feedback. So pleased in fact, I hired Mark to edit a number of my flash pieces. The process was quick, painless, and very helpful. —Richard Raubolt I thought the process was great! I was very impressed with the quick turnaround and the quality of the feedback. It was a good learning experience. —Anonymous The feedback and suggestions were on point and very helpful in reworking and defining my story's message. Thank you for the opportunity to receive feedback. —David Lozar Are you ready to improve your writing? Get access to our Priority Submission benefits: Personalized feedback from editors who have read and edited thousands of stories. Avoid the frustration of having to wait weeks or months for a response. Our editors will provide feedback in 3-5 days and speed up your learning curve. Learn what your weaknesses are and how to improve them. We are willing to take the risk for you. We are confident you will have a positive learning experience, and we are willing to take the financial loss if you do not. If you are not delighted with the feedback you receive, let us know, and we will refund all your money . This is a significant risk on our part. The editor will be paid for their time either way, and since this is not a physical product, we can not put it back on the shelf and resell it. The only one who stands to lose anything is us. All we ask is that you be honest. You could easily rip us off, but we still believe in a “hand shake” deal and hope you do to. Frequently Asked Questions What do I get with a Priority Submission? Editors will give you direction on what your strengths and weaknesses are. Comprehensive and personalized feedback on your story. Priority Status moves you to the front of the line. 3-5 day turnaround time. Will my story be published? Priority Submissions do not entitle you to publication. If authors could simply pay a fee to be published, then the quality and credibility of our publication would be at risk. Our goal is to help you become a better writer, so your odds of being published—here or anywhere else—will improve. The choice is yours. You have a choice to make: Take control of your writing journey and actively focus on what needs improvement or continue writing in the dark. Choose Your Submission Type*Free submissions are equally considered for publication.I want priority feedback ($30 USD)I do not want priority feedback ($0 USD)Total $0.00 Coupon Credit CardNote: Your CC info will never be stored by our site, server, or database. American ExpressDiscoverMasterCardVisa Card Number Month010203040506070809101112 Year20192020202120222023202420252026202720282029203020312032203320342035203620372038 Expiration Date Security Code Cardholder Name Notes for Your EditorEnter any notes you have for your editor.