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- American Journal of Nursing “Reflections” section ($; “a forum for previously unpublished personal stories exploring any aspect of nursing, health, or health care.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 ($; “Short works of CNF are also encouraged.”)
- Brevity ($; 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 ($)
- Defunct (“a literary repository for the ages”; charges reading fee)
- The Forge Literary Magazine ($)
- (The) Journal of Compressed Creative Arts ($)
- Labletter (see especially “Monthly Notes” info)
- Penny ($)
- River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things”
- Rum Punch Press
- Small Po[r]tions
- Subtropics ($; charges submission fee; “We will consider works of fiction of any length, from short shorts to novellas (up to 15,000 words) and self-contained novel excerpts. We give the same latitude to essays.”)
- The Sun’s “Readers Write” section
- Treehouse (in addition to regular submissions, see guidelines for “Brief Encounters” series information)
- TriQuarterly Online ($; “We also welcome short-short prose pieces.”)
- Word Riot
- Zest Literary Journal
(list updated January 15, 2016)
- “Flash Fiction: A List of Resources” (The Review Review–includes several publications that also publish flash nonfiction)
- FlashFictionFlash (“a free newsletter devoted to flash literature 1,500 words or fewer”)
- “Flash Nonfiction: An Interview with Dinty Moore” (River Teeth blog)
- Literary Magazines and Journals Database (from Poets & Writers; filter by “creative nonfiction”)