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Top 11 Places to Send Your Flash Fiction

Did we pass on your work? It’s not you, it’s us. Seriously, many submissions come in to this literary zine — and a lot of good work has to be sent back simply because it’s just not quite the right fit, it’s too much like another recently published piece, or it’s a victim to one of many other reasons that has nothing to do with the quality of the work.

But despair not: If we said no, remember there are many, many other flash fiction-hungry journals in the literary sea. Here are 11 of our favorites:

1. Flash Fridays at The Open Bar. While we’d like to think we’re pretty unique here at Flash, this zine isn’t the only one publishing flash fiction on a weekly basis. The Open Bar, Tin House’s blog, has a longstanding Flash Fridays series with new work going up every — you guessed it — Friday. Read and submit.

2. Hobart. Once a week not enough for you? I don’t know how the editors at Hobart do it, but they manage to get a new piece or two up pretty much every day with enticing titles such as “I Lost My Orgasm” and “Baby Hitler and the Man from the Republican Primary.” Who can resist that? Not us. Read and submit.

3. The American Short(er) Fiction Contest. Act fast: The competition is on now! Get your very short story — under 1,000 words — to American Short Fiction by Feb. 1 for a shot at publication and $1000 of cold hard cash. Amelia Gray — whose short story collection Gutshot is on our favorite books list — will judge. Yes, there is a $17 fee; support your lit zines! Read and submit.

4. The Kenyon Review’s Short Fiction Contest. Can’t get it together by Feb. 1? Then take another month and submit your less-than-1200-words short story to The Kenyon Review by Feb. 29. Newer writers are in luck, because this competition’s only open to writers who haven’t yet published a book. Jaimy Gordon will judge, and the $20 fee gets you a subscription to the journal. Read and submit.

5. NER Digital. Annoyed at all these options so far because they’re for fiction and you’re more of a CNF type? NER Digital, New England Review’s web project, wants short essays for its “Confluences” series. If you’ve written a tiny creative piece about your encounter with another work of art, send it here. Read and submit.

6. Diagram – Annoyed at #5 because you don’t think a firm line exists between fiction and creative nonfiction — or any other so-called genres? We’re kind of with you, since Flash lumps all that into one category — Flash. Diagram, a monthly online lit zine, takes it one step further with its even more inclusive category — Text & Image. Many of Diagram’s experimental pieces will make you wonder — am I looking at visual art? Or am I reading? Probably both! Read and submit.

7. Corium Magazine. Flash contributor Lauren Becker (her new work debuts in February!) serves as the editor of this nervy journal, which publishes in three categories — poetry, fiction, and our favorite, very short fiction, which takes work less than 1000 words long. Read and submit.

8. Web Conjunctions. Conjunctions‘ web zine is an odd beast — an online publication with an experimental bent that only takes submissions via old school snail mail. If you love putting stamp to envelope, this place is for you. Web Conjunctions takes longer pieces too, but its shorter fictions are our favorites — like these brief pieces by Lydia Davis. Read and submit.

9. Portland Review. In addition to a print zine, Portland Review runs an online Flash Fiction Feature series. Editors are Portland State University graduate students who appear to still be enjoying winter break since submissions are closed. They open back up on Feb. 1 though! Read and submit.

10. Word Riot. This monthly e-zine always has a Flash Fiction section, open to your submissions of 1000 words or fewer. Read and submit.

11. Flash Flash Click. So we said no once. That doesn’t mean no forever! Please do try us again (with a different piece, just to be clear). We’d love to read your new work. Read and submit.