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Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Flash Nonfiction


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We focus on publishing writing for and by writers ages 10 & up. We offer free feedback on all submissions (we have a no feedback option as well) and publish a variety of writers from the start of their writing journey to those with books and collections.


This magazine may have some eligibility requirements

Please double-check before submitting.

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

Pays$0.02 per word

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

    From the editors

    Best of the Net

  • 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 - 12000 words max

Max words: 12000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Children's story, Young Adult

Payment: $ 0.02 per word

Ember publishes fiction by and for young writers. Keep in mind the target age range for your piece.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Children's story, Young Adult

Payment: $ 0.02 per word

Nonfiction - 12000 words max

Max words: 12000

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 0.02 per word

Tell us a true story, creatively. Ember does not accept research essays.

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Payment: $ 0.02 per word


Max lines: 100

Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 0.02 per word

Most forms are considered, both metered and unmetered, traditional and experimental.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Cover letters aren't going to make or break your likelihood of publication. However... - Include your age so we can keep track of how many young writers we receive submissions from and publish! - If you are submitting as a part of a class assignment, please include your teacher's name in your cover letter. - Let us know if this is a simultaneous submission (which is a-okay in our book!)

  • Eligibility

    Young creators18+
    We publish work from writers of all ages, but especially encourage submissions from young writers (18 and younger).

  • Formatting

    Please do not include a cover letter in your writing file. We require poems to be submitted separately (as the genre is often subjective) so we can get a variety of readers reviewing your work. Submit in a typed, legible font. Docx or PDF files preferred.

  • Author's rights

    When your work is accepted by Ember and you accept our offer to publish it, we are purchasing worldwide exclusive First Publication rights to distribute the text in multiple print and electronic formats for twelve months from acceptance or six months from publication, whichever is earlier, and a three-year non-exclusive worldwide license from the date of publication to continue to publish your work in other formats as part of the anthology volume in which it was first published without extending the license term and without constituting a new publication, and to keep that discrete anthology available in our salable inventory throughout that term.

  • Additional info

    Make you feel at home: cozy, meme-friendly, a sense of community, all that stuff Active on social media Pays! "$0.02/word or $20 a piece, whichever puts more money in your pockets!" Offers optional free feedback Because we are a publication for middle grade readers, please do not submit anything with sex, graphic violence, or sexual acts. Allusions are fine, if done subtly and tastefully. Before submitting, think to yourself: Would I want someone as young as 10 reading this?

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

170 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

170 days

Fastest response time

170 days

Slowest response time

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