LATEST LIST UPDATE: JULY 2020
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 $–and which ones are equally upfront about charging fees. (Not every publication is open to submissions year-round, but I’m not tracking that information here.)
If you know of a journal or magazine that’s specifically interested in flash nonfiction and micro-essays that should be added to the list, please share your knowledge (bonus points for links, too) in comments. Thank you!
Without further ado…
- *82 Review
- 100 Word Story (charges sub fee)
- 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction
- Baltimore Review ($)
- Better than Starbucks ($ for featured pieces)
- Brevity ($; charges sub fee)
- Burningwood Literary Journal (charges sub fee)
- Chautauqua (charges sub fee)
- (The) Christian Science Monitor’s “Home Forum” section ($)
- (The) Cincinnati Review’s miCRO feature
- Claw & Blossom ($; note the publication’s focus on the natural world)
- CRAFT ($)
- (The) Forge Literary Magazine ($; fee-free subs until they reach monthly cap)
- (The) Fourth River (charges sub fee, but “however we will announce FREE submission days occasionally over social media, so be sure to follow us!” NB: for “nature and place-based writing.”)
- (The) Good Life Review (charges sub fee)
- Gordon Square Review ($)
- Guesthouse (charges sub fee)
- Hippocampus ($; charges sub fee)
- (The) Journal of Compressed Creative Arts ($)
- (The) Lindenwood Review
- Longleaf Review
- Lunch Ticket
- (The) Maine Review ($, charges sub fee)
- matchbook ($)
- New South (online “micro prose” content)
- Newfound ($)
- Paranoid Tree ($)
- Passengers Journal (charges sub fee)
- (The) Pinch (charges sub fee)
- Porter House Review ($, charges sub fee)
- River River
- River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things” (charges sub fee, “but watch for free submission periods.”)
- Ruminate’s “The Waking” online feature ($)
- Smokelong Quarterly ($)
- Spartan ($)
- Subtropics ($; charges submission fee)
- Sunspot Literary Journal (charges sub fee; awards one Editor’s Prize [$50] each year)
- (The) Sun’s “Readers Write” section
- Tahoma Literary Review ($; charges sub fee)
- Under the Gum Tree (charges submission fee)
- FlashFictionFlash (free online newsletter devoted to flash literature).
- “Flash Nonfiction: An Interview with Dinty Moore” (River Teeth blog).
- The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction edited by Zoë Boissiere and Dinty W. Moore (Rose Metal Press, 2020). I’m honored to have a piece included in this anthology (though I won’t earn a penny if you purchase the book, so that is not why I’m listing it!).