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The Icarus Writing Collective

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction




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The Icarus Writing Collective publishes flash fiction and short fiction. We are dedicated to telling stories that retell, adapt, or transcend literary classics and mythology. We encourage writers to come together to bring the “then” to our “now.”


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    2 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

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, 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 - 5000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Historical, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Speculative

Payment: $ 5

Short Fiction: 1k-5k Word Count, 1 allowed per cycle.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Historical, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Speculative

Payment: $ 5

Flash Fiction: Less than 1k Word Count, 3 allowed per cycle;


Payment: $ 5

Hybrid prose is considered if it matches the theme of the magazine and issue; authors are encouraged to explain why this piece is a good fit.


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 5

We accept all two-dimensional mediums, digital and traditional. Unfortunately, we cannot accept sculpture pieces. A photograph of a sculpture is entirely okay.


Max pieces: 3

Payment: $ 5

Photographers must also include written or digital permission from models at the time of submission. Any photographed objects must be in the public domain, taken in public areas, or free-to-use.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    We do not require a cover letter. However, there is a part of the Submission Form where we invite you to explain how your piece fits with the current theme and how you explore retellings.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    .docx, .doc, or .pdf

  • Author's rights

    All rights reserved to the original artist!

  • Additional info

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

66 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

54 days

Fastest response time

82 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 85 days

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The Icarus Writing Collective, a mythic magazine, was founded in 2022 by Elizabeth Zarb and Kyle Ross. The two met as undergraduates at Emerson College in 2017, finding a combined interest in classic literature and mythology. After a flash fiction workshop course in their senior year, both Elizabeth...

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    Kyle Ross


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    Elizabeth Zarb