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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Flash Fiction Writing Markets & Resources

I recently ran a flash fiction writing workshop for Lichfield & District Writers. As part of this, I prepared a handout on flash fiction markets and resources. This seemed to be well received, so I thought I'd adapt it and share it on this blog as well.

I should start by saying that the term flash fiction is generally used to describe short stories of under 1000 words (and sometimes much shorter). It's a form that is particularly suited to publication on the Internet, and there are ever-growing numbers of online flash fiction markets and contests.

Let's start with some online outlets for flash fiction then...

Flash Fiction Online

This online magazine requires stories of between 500 and 1,000 words in all genres. Each story accepted receives a payment of $50. The website also features advice on flash fiction writing technique.

Smokelong Quarterly

SLQ publishes flash fiction up to 1000 words. The name comes from the idea that you can read a piece of flash fiction in the time it takes to smoke a cigarette. This is a non-paying market, but one that encourages beginners to submit.


Flashquake is a quarterly, web-based publication that publishes both flash fiction and flash non-fiction (memoirs, essays, creative non-fiction, humour). They pay $5 to $25 per story accepted.

Quick Fiction

This print and web-based magazine publishes stories of up to 500 words. The deadline for the next issue is August 15, 2010.

Tweet the Meat

Tweet the Meat is a Twitter-only, horror/weird/speculative market. Stories must be no more than 140 characters in total (yes, that short!). They pay $1 per accepted story.

The Coffee Shop Chronicles

This is a competition for a one-page story that starts or ends with a cup of coffee. It's free to enter, and all 100 winning entries get a $25 voucher to use in their local coffee shop! Closing date is 1st May 2010.

Flash 500 Competition

The Flash 500 is a quarterly, open-themed competition for stories of up to 500 words, judged by Simon Whaley. Entry fee £5, top prize £250. The next closing date is 31 March 2010 (tomorrow!)

Finally, here are a few useful resources for flash fiction writers...

The Phone Book

This was a UK-based flash fiction project, which is now closed. You can still read many of the excellent short stories they published on this website. I highly recommend doing so, in order to see the sort of standard you should be aspiring to.


This is, of course, the online writers forum I help to run. We regularly hold flash fiction writing contests, some with prizes.


Duotrope is a free, searchable writers' resource listing over 2825 current fiction and poetry publications. You can use it to search specifically for flash fiction markets if you wish.


This is a great resource for finding out about current writing competitions, including flash fiction.

Good luck, and enjoy your flash fiction writing!

Photo Credit: Matsuyuki on Flickr.

POSTSCRIPT: See the comments below for some additional flash fiction markets and resources. Also, if you know of any other good outlets for flash fiction, please do post them as comments.

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Anonymous Greg said...

Many thanks for posting this list.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

This is a great list. May I add one more?

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction that mesmerizes the reader in 750 words or less for our Fifth Annual Flash Prose Contest. DEADLINE: April 15, 2010. Entry fee: $10 per submission. First prize: $150. Former prizewinners are the judges. Complete guidelines, mailing address, and prizes at

Questions? Please write to Lgood67334 AT comcast DOT net.



5:09 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Many thanks, Lynn. If anyone knows of any other flash fiction markets or contests, please feel free to post details here as comments.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

Nice list. Time to go check out some flash fiction contests. Keep up the good work.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous eddie walsh said... runs flash fiction comps. The next one closes on Nov 30, 2010 and prize fund is sixty pounds with free entry to all ages with an european address. The theme is NO FIXED ABODE and must be not more than 300 words. See website for result of the July 31 comp.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for the info, Eddie.

Keep 'em coming!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Lauri said...

What a great list, thank you!

2:58 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Lauri. Glad you like it :-)

8:46 AM  
Blogger Ann Wilkes said...

Every Day Fiction is a good online market. They also produce anthologies. I was in one of their Best Ofs. I was published in Flashquake and never paid when it was in danger of folding and then sold. Hopefully, the new management will not have that problem. Thanks for the list.

7:11 PM  
Blogger JOE (ZISI) LERNER said...

Furious Fictions (a monthly magazine of short-short stories) #7 is now out. Furious Fictions, which specializes in the odd, offbeat, and surreal, is also accepting new stories. E-submissions only (under 750 words). Response time four to six weeks. Deadline for Issue No. 8 | October 2011 is Sept. 15, 2011.

Send (in rtf or txt attachment) to:
Joe Lerner, Editor & Publisher

7:58 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Many thanks for the list, Nick; very helpful.

11:51 AM  

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