LATEST LIST UPDATE: JULY 2021
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 $–and which ones are equally upfront about charging fees. (Not every publication is open to submissions year-round, but I’m not tracking that information here.)
Worth a mention: Just because a journal is listed here doesn’t mean that it’s an ideal home for your work. Check out these tried-and-true tips for deciding whether you wish to send your work to any particular venue.
Finally: If you know of a journal or magazine that’s specifically interested in flash nonfiction and micro-essays that should be added to the list, please share your knowledge (bonus points for links, too) in comments. Thank you!
Without further ado…
- *82 Review
- 100 Word Story (charges sub fee)
- Abandon Journal ($)
- Apple in the Dark
- Baltimore Review ($)
- Better than Starbucks ($ for featured pieces)
- Brevity ($; charges sub fee)
- Burningwood Literary Journal (charges sub fee)
- Chautauqua (has charged sub fee in the past; at last check, current fee status was unclear)
- Chestnut Review ($)
- (The) Christian Science Monitor’s “Home Forum” section ($)
- (The) Cincinnati Review’s miCRO feature
- (The) Citron Review
- Claw & Blossom ($; note the publication’s focus on the natural world)
- CRAFT ($)
- The Dillydoun Review
- Electric Literature’s “The Commuter” ($)
- 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 $2 submission fee will be required.”)
- (The) Good Life Review (charges sub fee; “We are interested in work that showcases the diversity of The Great Plains, but that is in no way a requirement.)
- Gordon Square Review ($)
- Guesthouse (charges sub fee)
- Hippocampus ($; charges sub fee)
- (The) Journal of Compressed Creative Arts ($)
- (The) Lindenwood Review
- (The) Lit Mug (charges sub fee)
- Longleaf Review
- Lunch Ticket
- (mac)ro(mic) ($)
- (The) Maine Review ($, charges sub fee)
- matchbook ($)
- Miniskirt Magazine (“your destination for love and romance”)
- Mulberry Literary
- New South
- Newfound ($)
- Open: Journal of Arts & Letters (charges sub fee after Submittable cap is reached)
- Paranoid Tree ($)
- Passengers Journal (charges sub fee)
- (The) Pinch (charges sub fee)
- Porter House Review ($, charges sub fee)
- Prose Online ($)
- River Teeth’s “Beautiful Things” (charges sub fee, “but watch for free submission periods.”)
- Ruminate’s “The Waking” online feature ($)
- Scrawl Place ($; “part visitor’s guide, part travelogue, part literary journal”)
- Smokelong Quarterly ($)
- 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!).