Flash Nonfiction Essays


Rose Metal Press, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of short short, flash, and micro-fiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.

Fast Forward Press is dedicated to publishing compressed forms of literature across the globe. Since 2007, they have published an annual anthology of flash fiction.

Telling Our Stories Press (TOSP) is an independent literary imprint with a focus on

the art of short memoir and personal narratives.

Wising Up Press is looking for short memoir. Their motto is finding the We in Them, the Us in You.  

Writer’s Relief is an on-line newsletter that compiles calls for submissions to anthologies. bioStories is an on-line anthology of flash memoir and personal stories.

Poets & Writers classifieds list calls for anthology submissions plus contests, and more.

Future Tense Publishing
EChapbooks, on various themes
Freeze Frame 1000 words or less.


5x5 is a concise literary magazine, looking for fiction and non-fiction 500 words or less 

100 Word Story. That’s right, 100 words. 

The Boiler Journal, nothing over 2,500 words

Word Riot publishes flash fiction under 1000 words

Ruminate. A print journal that accepts flash

Vestal Review. A print journal with some on-line content. PAYS!

Stories up to 100 words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.

Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.

Marco Polo takes flash and short shorts

The Journal of Compressed Creative Artsis a non-profit publisher of compressed creative arts, such as micro fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, compressed poetry & visual arts, and whatever other forms compression might take

Hippocampusasks that submissions be no more than 3,500 words in the memoir and essay category and less than 800 words for flash creative nonfiction pieces

Fringeacceptsflash fiction 1,000 words or less

The Molotov Cocktailis interested in volatile flash fiction, words not to exceed 1000 words

The Postcard Press accepts prose submissions of up to 100 words

SmokeLongpublishes flash fiction up to 1000 words. No memoir or non-fiction.

Brevitypublishes brief essays, 750 words or less

Monkeybicycle accepts one-sentence stories

Two Sentence Stories. Big stories in two-little sentences.

The Collagist considers all lengths of short fiction, from short-shorts through novella. Send one story, one novella, or a batch of one to three short-shorts

Double Room: A Journal of Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction On-line publishes stories from 500 to 1,000 words in length

Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, stories up to 360 words

Toasted Cheese Literary
Wig Leaf stories under 1000 words
Vine Leaves no more than 800 words, vignettes
Flash Fiction World
Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog=Flash Fridays
Tin House Magazine=Flash Friday
Friday Flash Dot Org
Flash Memoirs
20 Minutes a Day
3:amMagazine doesn't pay, less than 2,000 words
Matter Press, a journal that publishes weekly compressions & decompressions
Flash Frontier (New Zealand, open to all world citizens)
Ardor Lit Mag, SHORT-SHORTS (up to 1000 words, up to 3 pieces)
365 Tomorrows, science fiction flash
Free Flash Fiction, stories of 200-1000 words, on various themes
Episodic flash<800 words
Ginger PigletA journal of small literary things and visual work.
Popshot Magazine from the UK
Subterranean Quarterly flash <1000 words
Meekling Press postcard series!
Tell Us a Story ditto
Flash Frontier out of New Zealand (yeah!) <250 words, themed
Ardor flash <1000 words
This Very BreathLiterary Journal of Flash Fiction and Nonfiction, check it out, a fan of this site
Dash concentrated expressions of creativity, with an emphasis on brevity
Spartan minimalist prose
Getting Something Read  "if compression is the first grace of style" <700 words

Emerge Literary Journal
*Star82 Review takes flash and postcard lit:A high-quality, compelling photo, often mysterious, beautiful, or humorous, that draws the viewer in

—Short prose or poetry that complements, but doesn’t explain or repeat what the image says

Gambling the Aisle 300 words or fewer
Microfiction Monday
A Quiet Courage <100 words
BIDE 10 - 400 words
Episodic <800 words 
Story Shack <1000 words
Zest both micro (<250) and flash (<1000 words)
The Vignette Review/  300 to 900 words
CAKE mag, from the UK 500 words of prose
Five Points no more than 250 words
Web Flash Fiction Prize, for women only!
Pure Slush, 500 words maximum; must somehow incorporate ‘five’.
Scrapegoat Review 500 words or less; Flash-fiction and flash non-fiction
50-word stories 
5 x 5 500 words or less
Fewer Than 500
Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal 500 words or less
Pithead Chapel 1000 words or less
101 Fiction 100 words
Matador Review  under 1,000 words


As promised two weeks ago, I’ve compiled what I am calling here a guide to journals and magazines that publish flash nonfiction/micro-essays.

Before I present the list, I need to issue a few clarifications and caveats. First, this list by no means includes *every* journal or magazine that might publish your piece of flash nonfiction. For the most part, I’ve omitted publications that specify only that submitted essays should run “no longer than” or “up to” 5,000 or 8,000 words. It’s entirely possible that the editors of these publications will welcome something more along the lines of 500 or 800 words. But unless I’ve discerned a *specific* editorial interest in shorter-form nonfiction–whether through my own research into guidelines and past issues or through sources listed at the end of the post–I haven’t included them here.

I’ve also had to break my usual blog-and-newsletter-rule about limiting listings to paying journals only (and only publications that don’t require reading fees). But I’ve done my best to signal to you which journals state outright on their sites that they’ll pay for your work–look for the $–and which ones are equally upfront about charging fees.

If you know of a journal or magazine that’s specifically interested in flash nonfiction and micro-essays that should be added to the list, please share your knowledge (bonus points for links, too) in comments. Thank you!

Without further ado…

  • 100 Word Story
  • 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction (“We’d love to publish a mix of flash pieces and longer, sustained ones.”)
  • Alimentum: The Literature of Food (“Normally, we are seeking short form food-related fiction and nonfiction appropriate for our online journal.”)
  • American Journal of Nursing “Reflections” section ($; “a forum for previously unpublished personal stories exploring any aspect of nursing, health, or health care. While many are accounts of memorable nursing experiences, we also welcome the patient perspective, as well as that of other health care professionals.”)
  • Baltimore Review ($; “Short works of CNF are also encouraged.”)
  • Bateau
  • Brevity ($; charges reading fee)
  • Catholic Digest “Last Word” essays ($; “Back page, personal, inspirational, reflective essay where we feature high quality writing from a variety of Catholic writers. Approximately 550-700 words. $500 upon publication.”)
  • The Christian Science Monitor’s “Home Forum” section ($)
  • concīs ($)
  • Dash
  • Defunct (“a literary repository for the ages”; charges reading fee)
  • The Forge Literary Magazine ($)
  • Hippocampus
  • (The) Journal of Compressed Creative Arts ($)
  • Labletter (see especially “Monthly Notes” info)
  • matchbook ($)
  • Penny ($)
  • Proximity
  • River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things”
  • Rum Punch Press
  • Small Po[r]tions
  • Spartan
  • Subtropics ($; charges submission fee; “We will consider works of fiction of any length, from short shorts to novellas (up to 15,000 words) and self-contained novel excerpts. We give the same latitude to essays.”)
  • Sweet
  • The Sun’s “Readers Write” section
  • Thread
  • Treehouse (in addition to regular submissions, see guidelines for “Brief Encounters” series information)
  • TriQuarterly Online ($; “We also welcome short-short prose pieces.”)
  • Under the Gum Tree (charges submission fee)
  • Waxwing (note guideline about sending up to three micro-essays)
  • Weirderary
  • Word Riot
  • Zest Literary Journal

(list updated January 15, 2016)

Sources/Further Resources

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