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Rock and a Hard Place Magazine

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction




Rock and a Hard Place Press is a lit-noir publisher, focused on stories of struggle, tales of the powerless and marginalized, characters on the fringes of society … and what they do next.

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

Pays$15-$35 per piece

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 - 5000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ 35 per piece

Flash 1,000 words or less. Short story between 2,000 and 5,000 words

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ per piece


Max pieces: 4

Payment: $ 15 per piece


Max pieces: 4

Payment: $ 15 per piece

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How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • 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

    Contributors are asked to limit submissions to one (1) written work per open call, or four (4) visual arts submissions per open call (or both, if you’re a noir polymath). what we want is stories that detail life at the bottom or at the margins of human society. These can be stories about losers who always make the wrong decisions, or they can be stories about people who always make the right decisions but who still can’t get ahead because of the hand they were dealt in life. You can make it weird. You can make it sad. You can make it dark. Or you can make it just the tiniest bit hopeful. Payment/copies. We pay $35 for stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words; less if you would prefer a contributor copy of the issue in which your work appears. If your submission is less than 2000, we will discuss payment with you. We do not pay for flash (1,000 words or less), but we will kick in for your contributor copy. We pay $15 for most art pieces.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

54 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

29 days

Fastest response time

79 days

Slowest response time

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Submission calls

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    Editor Roger Nokes avatar

    Roger Nokes


    Editor Jay Butkowski avatar

    Jay Butkowski

    Managing Editor, Founding Member

    Editor Albert Tucher avatar

    Albert Tucher

    Contributing Editor