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Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction


Flash Nonfiction



An online literary journal where storytelling counts. Whether it’s in prose or poem form, we want to get to meat of it. We like stories about people, places, memories, things that make us feel connected.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    3-6 months*
    Editor reported data
    72 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Find more details in the Genres section


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

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • 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: 8000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $5-10

We accept all genres (including humor). Short Fiction: 1000-3000 words. Long Fiction: 3000-8000 words.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $5-10

Flash - 1000 words max


Sub Genres: , , , , ,

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $5-10

Nonfiction - 2500 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 2500

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $5-10


Max pieces: 3

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $5-10

5 pages max

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Covers letters are welcome, but not required.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Submissions not formatted correctly will be declined. Please double-check your submission before you send it. Taking the time to format your submissions properly shows you care about your work and the people reading it. Fiction and Non-Fiction General Rules: 12pt Times or Garamond font Double Spaced We prefer .doc or .dox files, but in a pinch .txt is OK. Poetry General Rules: Please note we are limited in how our website will display your piece. Lines longer than 13 words will break. Keep this in mind when submitting poetry. 12pt Times or Garamond font Format your piece how you would like it published. We prefer .doc or .dox files, but in a pinch .txt is OK.

  • Author's rights

    If your work is accepted, it will be subject to an agreement granting Five South exclusive online worldwide English rights. This common practice means we retain the right to be the only journal publishing your piece online. For secondary print anthologies and collections, published poets and authors must request approval from Five South prior to publication and give us credit as first publisher. We will almost always say yes to secondary print publication so long as we're credited. You retain the rights to the work after first publication. If you have any questions regarding rights, please contact

  • Additional info

    Pays! $10 per accepted piece for issues, $5 per accepted piece for The Weekly, Humor, and Non-Fiction Promote writers even after publication - hype hype hype Submission fee: $3 for poetry and flash, $4 for short fiction We publish flash fiction stories and poetry once per week. Submissions to The Weekly are open all year. The same guidelines for general submissions apply to The Weekly. General Submissions are now open all year.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

72 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

9 days

Fastest response time

137 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 173 days, 227 days, 178 days, 178 days

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    Editor Kristen Simental avatar

    Kristen Simental


    Editor Kristen Simental avatar

    Kristen Simental


    Editor Dave Nash avatar

    Dave Nash

    Non-Fiction Editor

    Editor Jessica Willingham avatar

    Jessica Willingham

    The Weekly Editor

    Editor Dave Gregory avatar

    Dave Gregory

    Long Fiction Editor