Very Short Flash Fiction: What to Read and Where to Submit

All flash fiction is short. After all, they don’t call it flash/micro/nano/sudden for nothing.

But sometimes stories aren’t just short, they are teeny-tiny microscopic prokaryotes of creativity that aren’t necessarily appropriate for publications that focus on standard-length flash fiction of 1,000 words or less.

Lately, I’ve been writing and submitting a fair amount of extra-short flash fiction. Along the way, I’ve found some great websites, lit journals, and twitter feeds that publish the briefest possible prose and poems. Looking for a place to submit your work, or just want to do some quick reading? Check out these publications.

I’ve divided the list by story length. Please remember to always double-check submission guidelines before sending in your work. Also, it’s important to note that some of these markets publish longer fiction too.

150 Words or Less
Page & Spine

Exactly 101 Words
101 Words

Exactly 100 Words
100-Word Story
A Story in 100 Words
RiverLit
SpeckLit
The Drabblecast

100 Words or Less
Citron Review
Microfiction Monday

Exactly 50 Words
50-Word Stories

Exactly 25 Words
Nailpolish Stories (Titles must be a nail polish color)

25 Words or Less
Espresso Stories

One Sentence
Monkeybicycle

140 Characters or Less
CellPoems
Confettifall
Cuento Magazine
Escarp
Nanoism
Seven by Twenty
Trapeze
Twiction Addiction
unFold

Exactly 100 Characters
The Drabblecast

Poems that can be read aloud in three minutes or less
Voicemail Poems

If you’d like to see your flash fiction publication added to the list, please contact me at sarah.vernetti at gmail dot com. Please include a link to your submission guidelines.

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