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After Happy Hour Review

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


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We push beyond our boundaries, geographically and literarily, while staying true to our roots as a writing group and community, priding ourselves on our personal touch and often working with our contributors to improve work we really, really like into work we love.


  • Vibe:We're just chilling here
  • Response time:
    6 weeks*
    Editor reported data
    22 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Paysfrom $10

Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    From the editors

    The author must retain all rights. We're also unlikely to reprint something published online in the last 2 years, and are most interested in giving a new home to works published in print journals with a small circulation, or journals that have since gone defunct.

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    From the editors


    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Max words: 1001

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Payment: $ 10

"We have no upper word limits, and aren’t opposed to publishing stories upwards of 5,000 words that justify their real estate."

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary


Max words: 1001

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: , , , ,

Payment: $ 10

"We are specifically looking for creative non-fiction for this issue, not scholarly essays about literary genres or subgenres (though if you’re using the tropes of scholarly essays within the context of a narrative or lyric piece, that we do want to see)."

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 10


Payment: $ 10

"Suites: Send up to 5 linked works that will be considered as a set. Individual works within a suite can be poems or flash or micro-length prose (under 1,000 words each)." Hybrid/Cross-Genre: Yes, please. Follow whichever of the above guidelines makes the most sense."


Max pieces: 5

Payment: $ 10


Max pieces: 5

Payment: $ 10

For 1-2 page works, you can send up to 5 in a single submission. For works longer than 2 pages, send one at a time in a single document.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    We read blind so please remove all identifying information from your submission.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Use standard manuscript format (12-point Serif font, standard margins and spacing). It’s not like we’ll reject you for a bad font (probably) but it makes it easier to read, and that makes us happy. Exceptions are experimental prose or poetry that uses non-standard formatting for stylistic reasons. Straightforward prose writers have no excuse.

  • Author's rights

    After Happy Hour requests first-publication rights on acceptance. You can do whatever you like after that, however we do also ask for permission to potentially re-print your work again in the future and to use it in an audiobook format. Of course, we will let you know if we do.

  • Additional info

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

22 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

1 days

Fastest response time

63 days

Slowest response time

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The Hour After Happy Hour was founded in October 2013 by a group of creative writers who met in the basement of the Big Idea Bookstore every other week to encourage each other’s craft. We would read each other’s work and then head to a nearby bar to commiserate and chat about writing, TV, and other ...

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    Jess Simms


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    Nathan Kukulski


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    Shawn Maddey

    Poetry Editor

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    Liz Abeling

    Nonfiction Editor

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    Daniel Parme

    Fiction Editor