10 Top Flash Fiction Magazines on the Internet - News
Flash fiction is taking the literary world by storm. There’s a seemingly endless supply of flash fiction magazines, many of which post new work online weekly or even daily. Flash is great because it’s, well, fast (generally 1,000 words or less), so you can read a quick story or two while you wait for your coffee to percolate or on your commute to work. Good flash packs a punch and accomplishes a lot in a small space.
It’s the perfect form for our quick-consuming, digital brains.
While a lot of journals now accept flash fiction in addition to longer prose pieces, there are magazines dedicated entirely to flash, like the ones listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are tons of flash fiction magazines out there, with new ones popping up all the time.
This is a pretty good place to start.
Here are a few of my favorite online flash fiction magazines (in no particular order):
Wigleaf - Wigleaf publishes some of the best flash fiction around. They’re open for submissions the last week of each month in the academic calendar. In addition to the work they publish on their site, they also curate lists of the best flash fiction on the internet. Check out their top 50 flash pieces from 2019 in their archives, which includes work from respected journals like The Yale Review, Tin House, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere.
American Short Fiction – American Short Fiction has been around for nearly 30 years and publishes some of the best short stories you can find today. They publish a print journal in addition to their online pieces.
SmokeLong Quarterly – SmokeLong Quarterly publishes outstanding work. Stories they’ve published have gone on to be included in the Pushcart Prize anthology, Wigleaf’s Top 50, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net. They also offer a Flash Fiction Fellowship for writers every other year.
Cheap Pop – Cheap Pop publishes micro flash pieces (500 words or less) that “pop” every Tuesday and Thursday. Their submission guidelines are pretty straight-forward, they want stories “that are unforgettable.”
Jellyfish Review – Jellyfish Review publishes new work multiple times a week. Submission note for writers: They’re super quick with their responses and typically offer feedback or commentary.
Flash Fiction Magazine – Flash Fiction Magazine publishes daily and readers can even sign up for their e-newsletter to get stories sent to their inbox every morning. Trust me, it’s a great way to start your day.
Lunate – Lunate is a new-ish British journal that publishes fresh content weekly. I love the work they’ve been putting out (Confession: They published a story of mine and nominated me for a Pushcart prize, so I may be a little biased here). Read it here
Hobart – Hobart accepts stories of up to 2,000 words (technically not flash), but they say the shorter, the better. They allow submissions of three short shorts (400 words or less) at a time. Hobart publishes print issues in addition to online content.
Cincinnati Review – In addition to longer works, Cincinnati Review publishes micro flash (500 words or less) weekly. They boast publishing Pulitzer prize winners and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellows.
Flash Fiction Online – Flash Fiction Online publishes stories of 500-1,000 words. Unlike most online magazines, you do have to pay to read the current issue.
Flash fiction is definitely on the rise as more and more writers find creative ways to grab audiences with short attention spans or busy lifestyles that leave no room for leisure reading. The phenomenon is breaking all the rules of traditional storytelling, creating worlds within the confinements of a few words and even fewer pages.
With the vast array of literary magazines on the web today, it can be hard to weed out the hidden gems that eloquently discover and curate the new literary voices of tomorrow.
I’d love to hear about some of your favorite flash journals that are breaking boundaries and keeping the art of storytelling alive. Happy reading!
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Erika Nichols-Frazer is a freelance writer and editor, as well as the part-time Communications Manager at the Children’s Literacy Foundation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She won Noir Nation’s 2019 Golden Fedora fiction prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in HuffPost, Literary Orphans, Noir Nation, Lunate, OC87 Recovery Diaries, Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries, and elsewhere. She is a reader for Literary Orphans. She lives in Vermont.
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