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Where do you submit your flash fiction?


This morning I put the finishing touches to a new 100-word drabble – my entry for the fiction contest at this week’s Write Stuff conference. Last year, I was lucky enough to win the fiction category with my story, SNAKE EYES (here’s a link if you’d like to read it), so I’m hoping to ‘retain the title’ as it were.
 
Entries are anonymous and voted on by conference attendees. The winners are posted on the Write Stuff’s website
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Whether I win or not, SNAKE EYES, will be replaced within the next few weeks, leaving me free to pitch it elsewhere, but there aren’t too many paying venues for micro fiction, particularly stuff which has already seen the light of day.
 
The best flash fiction (paying) venues I can think of are
Every Day Fiction and Flash Me magazine
I especially like the fact that every story submitted gets four or five one-line critiques, but drabbles are a hard sell, even to those folks, so I guess I’ll have to broaden my horizons (or start writing longer stories).
 
I may even make a podcast of it myself and put it on my website, though I’d like to see if I can sell it elsewhere first. 
 
How about you?
 
Where do you submit your flash fiction? 

  
 



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meredith_wood
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what flash fiction is, so I guess I'm gonna go a-googling now. lol
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
1,000 words or less. Micro fiction is (I think) 250 words or less, so drabbles are short, even for micro fiction, though they are fun to write :)
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lindaabdavis
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hi Jon,

I don't have time to work out the URLs right now (I can get those to you later if you want), but in addition to the two above, I've submitted to Drabblecast, flashquake, Brain Harvest, Everyday Weirdness, Flash Fiction Online, Vestral Review and Alienskin.

Several magazines also have flash fiction sections. I'm specifically thinking of Abyss & Apex, but I know there are a couple of others.

Also keep an eye out for magazines who accept flash (depending on your definition of it...some define it as up to 1500 or 2K words). Many of them will take a story with the lower word limit of 1K. Many of my stories are counted at just under 1K. I usually keep a second version of these with a bit added in to be able to submit to the magazines that have the 1K lower limit. And when I say a bit, I usually just get more flowery with my language. It really depends on the editor as to which type of style and language they like, so much shorter stories often have a better shot of getting in.

Also, be sure and check the www.ralan.com website. There's a flash/poetry section there for markets.

Good luck!
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Linda. That's a comprehensive list :)

Ralan's a great site (as is duotrope), but the market for 100-words is pretty small, which is why I was hoping for first-hand feedback.
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jl_johnson
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, you should make a list! I've written one peice of flash (gah) and will be shopping for a market soon.
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
How many words?
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jdawson001
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
> 100-word genre stories I always send to Flashshot. It's a non-paying market, but high exposure. I get their stories emailed to me daily.

You're right that they are a hard sell to Flash Me Magazine, but "hard" doesn't mean "impossible." Give it a try and see what happens.

Jenn
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jenn. I've added Flashshot to my favorites page :)

I've been so focused on novels that I didn't realize how fast the time was passing. I haven't submitted a short story anywhere since early October, which may account for why I haven't sold anything ;)

asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Good luck retaining your title!

I've never had anything published at Flash Me, but they do provide good feedback, which I used to improve one story, and I've liked the stuff I've read there. I've had stuff published at Everyday Weirdness, though, and I've enjoyed other things I've read there. I've also enjoyed stuff I've read at Flash Fiction Online.
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and thanks for the suggestions :)
maryjdal
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I tried Every Day Fiction a few times, and submitted once to Every Day Weirdness. I would like to try Flashquake. I don't know off hand of any paying markets for micro fiction. Wig leaf seems like a nice market for short short stories.
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
EDF bought my drabble, WILD WEST JUSTICE (Flash Me almost bought it first. They suggested I tweak it slightly, but by then their sub window was closed, so I sent the revised version to EDF).

Thanks for the links :)
saetter
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Why is it whenever I hear the term "flash fiction" I hear Queen singing in my head?

FLASH! AhAhhhhh!
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hehe, best wedding scene ever :)

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jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link :)
karen_w_newton
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I have no drabbles, I have no flash. I confess I cannot condense to that degree. Even a simple story takes me 4,000 words! Alas!

jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'd hate to see your shopping lists :P
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vaughan_stanger
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
It's a specialised market, but Hard SF flash fiction in the range 850-950 words should be pitched to 'Futures' at Nature (see Ralan.com or Duotrope for details). It's a SFWA-recognised pro market and pays handsomely (around 15 cents/word!). Also, your readership will be in the several 10000s range.
jongibbs
Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nice one! Thanks, Vaughan :)
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jongibbs
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jenn. I'll look them up :)
jjschwabach
Mar. 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
That drabble is made of awesome!

As for flash, I like several markets. I send a lot to Samsdot. which also publishes a magazine that's all drabbles, all the time.
jongibbs
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, and thanks for the link :)
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tom_gallier
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
I don't submit Flash Fiction because I'm a good Christian SOB. I don't believe writers should expose themselves in literature like that. There are children out there, you know. Shameful.

Did I take my medicine today? Hmmmm.
jongibbs
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
Well, it is Monday :P
mary_j_59
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I am here only to say: that's a heck of a story, Jon! Well done! I think it takes a special skill to write a coherent and complete short-short, and I'm not sure I have it. One story that was originally meant to be a double drabble ended up about a thousand words long. So - no ideas on places to submit, but nice story.
jongibbs
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
Thank you, and good luck with your extended drabble :)
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snapes_angel
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Pamela Casto's newsletter, FlashFictionFlash. No, it's not a market, but she lists some in her newsletter, and where sales are made by former students of her flash fiction course, she lists in them as well. I took one course of hers with an eye towards improving my microfiction.
jongibbs
Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link :)
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