Where to Publish Flash Nonfiction & Micro-Essays
LATEST LIST UPDATE: JULY 2022
As promised, 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 $–and which ones are equally upfront about charging fees. As of 2022, I’ve removed listings for journals that appear to charge fees but don’t pay contributors.
Important note: Not every publication is open to submissions year-round, but I’m not tracking that information here.
Worth a mention: Just because a journal is listed here doesn’t mean that it’s an ideal home for your work. Check out these tried-and-true tips for deciding whether you wish to send your work to any particular venue.
Finally: If you know of a journal or magazine that’s specifically interested in flash nonfiction and micro-essays that should be added to the list, please share your knowledge (bonus points for links, too) in comments. Thank you!
Without further ado…
- *82 Review
- Abandon Journal ($)
- Alphabet Box ($)
- Apple in the Dark (Note: In August 2022, I was told of a “dangerous website” warning for this one; proceed with caution.)
- Baltimore Review ($)
- Better than Starbucks ($ for featured pieces)
- Brevity ($; charges sub fee)
- Chestnut Review ($)
- (The) Christian Science Monitor’s “Home Forum” section ($)
- (The) Cincinnati Review’s miCRO feature ($)
- (The) Citron Review
- CRAFT ($)
- Creative Nonfiction’s “Sunday Short Reads” feature ($, charges sub fee for non-subscribers)
- The Dillydoun Review
- Electric Literature’s “The Commuter” ($)
- Five Minutes
- (The) Forge Literary Magazine ($; fee-free subs until they reach monthly cap)
- (The) Fourth River (charges sub fee, “but we will announce FREE submission days occasionally over social media, so be sure to follow us!” NB: for “nature and place-based writing.”)
- Glassworks (“There is no fee to submit through November 30 or for the first 1,000 submissions, whatever comes first. After that, a $2 submission fee will be required.”)
- (The) Good Life Review ($, charges sub fee; “We are interested in work that showcases the diversity of The Great Plains, but that is in no way a requirement.”)
- Gordon Square Review ($)
- Hippocampus ($; charges sub fee, with submissions free in December)
- Iō ($; charges sub fee)
- (The) Journal of Compressed Creative Arts ($)
- (The) Lindenwood Review
- (mac)ro(mic) ($)
- (The) Maine Review ($, charges sub fee but holds fee-free sub periods that are announced on social media)
- MicroLit Almanac
- Miniskirt Magazine (“your destination for love and romance”)
- Mulberry Literary ($, fall and spring submissions periods are fee-free)
- New South
- Newfound ($)
- Olit ($; “Strong preference for Orlando based writers/submissions about Orlando and surrounding areas.”)
- Paranoid Tree ($)
- Porter House Review ($, charges sub fee)
- Prose Online ($, appears to have instituted a sub fee)
- River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things” (charges sub fee, “but watch for free submission periods”)
- Rough Cut Press ($; featuring “works by emerging and established voices from within the LGBTQIA community”)
- Ruminate’s “The Waking” online feature ($)
- Saint Katherine Review (charges fee once Submittable caps are reached)
- Salamander ($)
- Scrawl Place ($; “part visitor’s guide, part travelogue, part literary journal”)
- Smokelong Quarterly ($)
- Subtropics ($; charges submission fee)
- Sundog Lit ($; has a free-submissions cap)
- (The) Sun’s “Readers Write” section
- (The) Swamp (“publishes work that evokes a sense of place, which for The Swamp is broadly defined….We do give preference to the southern gothic.”)
- Tahoma Literary Review ($; charges sub fee; “free submissions to authors and poets from historically marginalized groups” until a cap is reached)
- Trampset ($)
- 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!).