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Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction





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A quarterly journal, online and in print, which publishes an eclectic selection of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Submissions are open year round.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    3 month*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:


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

    What's that?

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

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental

Payment: $ 20

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental

Payment: $ 20

Flash fiction of up to 1000 words, and micro fiction of up to 100 words.

Nonfiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 20


Max pieces: 4

Payment: $ 20

If you are sending short forms such as haiku, limericks, micro poetry or micro fiction send up to six.


Payment: $ 20

No specific limitations


Payment: $ 20

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please include a short third person bio with your submission.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    All submissions should be copied into the body of your email. We do not open attachments. ​

  • Author's rights

    We do not take copyright to any work by any contributors to this publication. We take international publication rights and you also grant us the right to use the work in future anthologies or promotions. The exception to this is work authored by the editors, including interviews.

  • Additional info

    Pays! "$20 via Paypal (to twelve Featured authors)" Accept previously published Hosts an annual Sonnet Contest

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

121 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

12 days

Fastest response time

221 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 438 days

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Submission calls

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First, our goal is to publish as broad a range of interesting voices as we can find. Some of our readers and contributors love particular modes of poetic expression best, or even exclusively; but many of them enjoy the opportunity of exposure to a wide range of approaches and styles. Thus our aim i...

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    Editor Vera Ignatowitsch avatar

    Vera Ignatowitsch


    Editor Kevin McLaughlin avatar

    Kevin McLaughlin

    Haiku Editor and Spiritual Adviser

    Editor Susan McLean avatar

    Susan McLean

    Poetry Translations Editor

    Editor Robert Schechter avatar

    Robert Schechter

    Editor of Poetry for Children