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Flash Fiction Submission Guidelines

Flash Fiction

As the great Ferris Bueller said: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

When you have a few moments to pass and want a glimpse into another’s life, flash fiction is a perfect way to see beyond yourself and breathe with another. We want flash fiction that makes us fall into it: strong, tightly woven, bright. Moments, slices of life that stun and startle. Brilliant, but brief. Stories wrought with tension and wrapped up in the end: what could be considered an anecdote if you were at a cocktail party rubbing elbows with fellow fictionistas.

We’re not interested in genre or passing fads – please polish your vampire and fetish stories to be published elsewhere. If you have moving moments, intriguing glimpses into life that are 1,000 words or less, we want to read them.

Send your flash fiction in the body of an email to Poetry and Short Fiction Editor Tomi L. Wiley at If you’re unsure about what flash fiction is, please do your research prior to submitting. If we’re interested, we’ll ask for you to send the document as an attachment. Please keep cover letters brief. Let the writing sell itself. You may include a 50 words or fewer bio of yourself and your publishing history. We do accept simultaneous submissions but appreciate you letting us know if a piece has been accepted elsewhere.


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About Tomi Wiley (38 Articles)
Tomi L. Wiley is the Poetry and Short Fiction Editor for Sweatpants & She has written and edited for media including Southern Living and Oxford American magazines, has been published in the literary anthologies Milk & Ink: a Mosaic of Motherhood, Telling Tales, Maypop and the Southeast Review, has coordinated panels for the Southern Festival of Books, spoken on the creative writing process at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is a past president of the Tennessee Writers Alliance. She lives in Knoxville, where she is writing her first novel with the help of lots of wine, goat cheese and the Barefoot Contessa.

5 Comments on Flash Fiction Submission Guidelines

  1. I don’t see anything here on what the author gets in the way of compensation. Is there anything?

  2. Hi, Jon. At the moment we are not offering monetary compensation, but you’ll get the awesome satisfaction of seeing your work posted here for our readers to enjoy and share. You’ll be making the world a better place, one story at a time. Thanks!

  3. Is there a deadline for submission?

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