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Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


The world’s leading mystery magazine

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  • Response time:
    3 months*
    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 - 8000 words max

Max words: 2500

Max words: 8000

Sub Genres: Mystery

2,500-8,000 words is the preferred range, but we occasionally use stories of up to 12,000 words and we feature one or two short novels (up to 20,000 words) each year, although these spaces are usually reserved for established writers.

Fiction - 250 words max

Max words: 250

Sub Genres: Mystery

Shorter stories are also considered, including minute mysteries of as little as 250 words

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    If you have not been previously published, let us know that your story should be considered for our Department of First Stories Our rates for original stories are from 5 to 8¢ a word, sometimes higher for established authors We are especially happy to review first stories by authors who have never before published fiction professionally EQMM’s range in the mystery genre is extensive: Almost any story that involves crime or the threat of crime comes within our purview

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

30 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

16 days

Fastest response time

46 days

Slowest response time

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