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Fiction on the Web

Literary Magazine


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Fiction on the Web has been online and continuously publishing since July 1996, which makes it the oldest short stories website on the Internet. Thousands of stories have been enjoyed by millions of readers.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within a month*
    Editor reported data
    8 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:
    10% *
    Editor reported data
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Work acquired through solicitation: 0%



  • 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

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions

  • 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 - 10000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 10000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Short stories. funny stories - for when you need a laugh creepy stories - to make your hair stand on end fantastic stories - orcs, swords, magic and fantasy futuristic stories - many worlds of science fiction criminal stories - crooks and detectives real life stories - everyday life and relationships

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter necessary

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Accepted file formats: .doc .docx .rtf

  • Author's rights

    - Non-exclusive permission to publish and archive your story online, and to promote the publication of your story using social media. "Non-exclusive" means you are free to submit and publish and promote your story elsewhere as well. This permission does not expire, but you can choose to revoke it by contacting me, in which case I will remove your story from Fiction on the Web (but note that your story may still appear on digital archives such as the Internet Archive). - One-time permission to email your story to Fiction on the Web subscribers. - If your story is selected for the Fiction on the Web audiobook project, you also grant Fiction on the Web non-exclusive time-unlimited worldwide audiobook rights, including the right to publish the audiobook version of your story on third-party platforms. - In all cases, you will be credited as the author of your story.

  • Additional info

    Fiction on the Web is published by Charlie Fish in London, UK: ISSN 2054-894X

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

8 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

0 days

Fastest response time

18 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 24 days

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Fiction on the Web is a labour of love. Every single story on here is hand-picked and carefully copyedited by me, Charlie Fish. Any money I make from donations is ploughed back into the site and related projects. I do this because I want to give authors a chance to get their work out there, and I lo...

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    Charlie Fish


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    Rick Taliaferro

    Associate Editor