Why flash fiction should be on your radar

Flash fiction may be short, but it packs a powerful punch, both in terms of its content and its power to help boost your writing portfolio. Whether you are an experienced author or are looking to break into the fiction-writing world, it’s time to consider submitting your flash fiction for publication.

Although flash fiction can be challenging to write, it is more manageable to edit and polish thanks to its short length. This makes the process of completing stories and submitting them to fiction markets much faster compared to longer-form writing. The more submissions you’re able to send out, the greater your chances of getting a story published. Plus, seeing those acceptance emails in your inbox will help keep you motivated.

Additionally, that one perfect sentence that you loved, but that never turned into a complete story, doesn’t have to spend its life relegated to an obscure document folder on your computer. Instead, it can be submitted to ultra-flash markets like Nanoism, Seven by Twenty, or Cuento, all of which publish Twitter-length fiction of 140 characters or less. Another fun venue for microscopic fiction is Nailpolish Stories, which publishes works of exactly 25 words whose titles are based on nail polish colors. (I’ve been fortunate to have my work published by these ultra-flash markets. Stop by my portfolio to see more.)

Despite its constraining, brief format, there are a myriad flash fiction publications that represent a broad range of genres. Writers working in the romance genre can consider submitting to Romance Flash, which seeks previously unpublished works of romantic fiction under 1,000 words. Or, perhaps you’re in love with crafting science fiction. Check out Flash Fiction Online, which Science Fiction Writers of America (SWFA) recognizes as a professional market. Authors focused on literary, non-genre fiction can send their stories to NANO Fiction, which seeks new works of 300 words or less. (Of course, you’ll want to be sure to check out each publication’s submission guidelines before sending in your work.)

Another compelling reason to give flash fiction a try is that it appeals to today’s readers. In our social-media obsessed, quick-paced society, flash fiction is gaining popularity, and new markets seem to be popping up every day. Thanks in part to its brevity, the format allows you to reach readers that might otherwise miss your lengthier work.

Are you ready to start your flash-fiction writing journey? Be sure to begin by carefully reading submission guidelines and checking out a few past issues before you submit your work. And don’t forget to discover new flash fiction publications by stopping by the market listings at The Grinder or the subscription-based Duotrope.

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