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Friday Find: Where to Publish Flash Nonfiction & Micro-Essays

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…

(list updated July 18, 2014)

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  1. Thank you for this – great resource, and right at the time I was thinking about this very topic!

  2. I’ve had flash nonfiction pieces published online with PANK and in print with Gargoyle.

    There’s also the NY Times “Modern Love” column.

  3. This is a great resource for Flash enthusiasts. Thanks for thinking of us at Flashquake. We’d love love love to be a paying market again, but for now, we issue a beautiful, multi-media PDF of the issue to all contributors.

  4. Erika,
    Thanks so much for this! I’ll add a few recommendations as well. The Boston Globe’s Perspective column and its Couplings space are both good venues to consider for creative nonfiction.

    The Perspective word limit is typically 700-750 words. They take the piece based on a short pitch that typically includes the suggested top of the story. The Perspective space often wants something connected to a current event or at least a time hook. My “Jewish Mom’s Dilemma” piece worked simply because it had the Hanukkah/Christmas hook. It pays roughly $1/word. Coupling – very competitive like Modern Love – has a similar word length restriction, and as the title suggests, it must have to do with relationships. Coupling’s editor typically wants to see the whole piece before considering it. (Neither of these editors would use the term “flash non-fiction,” but the word lengths fit the bill.)

    Linda
    Ps. And of course, there’s always the super-competitive New York Times Lives column to consider as well. (850 words)

  5. @Peggy: So glad–thank you for the comment.

    @Cindy: Thanks for chiming in as an editor.

    @Irene & @Linda: Thank you both for sharing your experiences and expertise. I’m going to revisit the opportunities you’ve mentioned, and if I can find links to guidelines and info about payment online, I’ll add them to the list (some I’d chosen not to link to because I didn’t immediately find that info available). (Is it my imagination, or has the Globe become increasingly possessive of its behind-the-paywall content? I miss it! Wish I could get credit for years of subscribing in the past!) In the meantime, I’m very glad that you have mentioned the additional venues in these comments for others to look into as they choose. Thank you again.

  6. Erika,
    Thanks for listing all the places to submit micro-essays. A friend and I just started a little online journal called ShortStoryNation.com. We accept all genres, but the stories need to be under 300 words.

    Thanks again,
    DTW

  7. This is great. Thanks. BTW I had a piece of flash non fiction published in a journal called longshortstory.com. Also literarymama occassionally takes short pieces. Check them out too.

    • Carol, do you have a link to your piece on “longshortstory.com”? I can’t seem to find the site, your specifying “longshortstory.com” notwithstanding.

      • Hi Erika,

        Just popped by to say thanks for featuring Zest on your list of ezines. How did you come across us? It’s very kind of you to have given a shout out.

        I was reading the comments and thought I would reply to this as my very first online publication was through Longstoryshort, but they didn’t archive my story, just my details. :( Thought you might like to know.

        Cheers,

        Kate

  8. matchbook (matchbooklitmag.com) publishes what we call “indeterminate prose” which more than includes flash nonfiction. We would love to read some!

  9. Hi, Erika. Thank you, this is a handy list. Prime Number Magazine is also looking for flash nonfiction. In our updates between quarterly issues we publish flash fiction and non-fiction as well as shorter poems. Submission guidelines here: http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Submit.html

  10. What a great list–concise and useful. I’ve been pondering where to submit some of the personal essays that I write from my experiences as an amateur pianist, and it’s great to have this go-to list from such a reputable source.

  11. Hi Erica,

    I’m thrilled to find this – it’s a valuable resource that I will come to every time I finish a piece and want to find the best fit to submit it. Thanks so much for compiling this list.

    Here’s one more that publishes creative nonfiction of fewer than 2000 words – Under the Gum Tree: http://underthegumtree.com/.

  12. You can also submit flash nonfiction and flash fiction to This Very Breath Literary Journal.
    http://www.thisverybreath.com/

  13. Thank you so much for this. Incredibly useful! Only Auchumpkee Creek and Postcard Press seem to be obsolete, just so you know.

  14. This list is great. Wanted to add that The Evansville Review also pubs flash cnf. They took a piece of mine this past year, and their contributors list is pretty impressive!

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