fiction that lingers long after the flash

Fractured Lit welcomes all writers, established as well as emerging. We want to find flash with emotional resonance, characters we care about, who come to life through their actions and responses to the world around them. We’re searching for Flash that investigates the mysteries of being human, the sorrow and the joy of connecting to the diverse population around us.

Flash Fiction is published on Mondays. Throughout the week, we publish other content that explores the roots and the future of the flash form and genre, including essays, interviews and more.

Fractured Lit is open year-round and is available to all writers. We currently feature two separate submission categories, based on the length of the work submitted: Micro Fiction, for work under 400 words; and Flash Fiction, for work 401-1,000 words.

We sincerely look forward to reading your work.

By submitting to Fractured Lit, submitters agree to receive correspondence about future stories and submission opportunities from Fractured Lit. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Workshop Details

Need a close read and expert advice about your flash and/or micro fiction? This lab is open to all writers and is an excellent way to get your flash or micros ready to submit and find readers! Please keep submissions to no more than 3 flashes or 5 micros (3,000 words total or less) and include a cover letter describing your piece. Your cover letter should include a brief introduction to your story, where you have submitted or hope to submit in the future, and any specific feedback you're looking for, as well as challenges you're having with the piece. When your submission is uploaded you will receive registration confirmation. Stories will be processed in the order they are received. 

Participants Receive:

  • an editorial letter from your instructor with specific suggestions and developmental edits that will help elevate your flash to the next level
  • PDF of materials including craft essays from our Editor in Chief, advice and inspiration from editors across the community, editorial notes on what we see from the slush pile, information on submission strategies, and additional advice on submitting. 
  • free submission in a forthcoming Fractured Lit contest
  • suggestions on literary magazines and contests that would be a good  fit for your work, along with reading recommendations from your instructor
  • Writers will receive feedback no later than December 31, 2022. Early submissions may yield earlier feedback.

Guest Editors

Andrew Porter is the author of three books, including the forthcoming short story collection, The Disappeared (Knopf, 2022), the short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Penguin Random House), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel, In Between Days (Knopf), which was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Porter’s books have been published in foreign editions in the UK and Australia and translated into numerous languages, including French, Spanish, Dutch, Bulgarian, and Korean. His individual stories have appeared in such publications as The Pushcart Prize anthologyPloughsharesOne StoryThe Southern Review, The Missouri Review, and The Threepenny Review, and currently, he teaches fiction writing and directs the Creative Writing Program at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Kim Magowan is the author of the short story collection How Far I've Come (2022), published by Gold Wake Press; the novel The Light Source (2019), published by 7.13 Books; and the short story collection Undoing (2018), which won the 2017 Moon City Press Fiction Award. Her fiction has been published in Colorado Review, Craft Literary, The Gettysburg Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, and many other journals. Her stories have been selected for Best Small Fictions and Wigleaf's Top 50. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor of Pithead Chapel. www.kimmagowan.com

Shasta Grant Shasta Grant is the author of the chapbook Gather Us Up and Bring Us Home (Split Lip Press, 2017). Ann Patchett selected her story, "Most Likely To," as the winner of the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. She was a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow and the 2016 Kathy Fish Fellow at SmokeLong Quarterly, where she is now an editor. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and The Best Small Fictions and long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewEpiphany, Gargoylecream city review, Hobart, MonkeyBicycle, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. Shasta is represented by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary.

Anthony Varallo is the author of a novel, The Lines (University of Iowa Press), as well as four short story collections: This Day in History, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award; Out Loud, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; Think of Me and I’ll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books); and Everyone Was There, winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award.  He is a professor of English at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where he is the fiction editor of Crazyhorse (now swamp pink). Find him online at @TheLines1979.

Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness and two short story collections, Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Her fiction has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, and New Micro, as well as Ploughshares, Wigleaf, and New World Writing. She served as series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018, is a senior editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, and co-editor for Flash Fiction America (Norton, 2022).

Tommy Dean is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021). Hollows, A collection of flash fiction was published by Alternating Current Press in 2022. He lives in Indiana where he currently is the Editor at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. A recipient of the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction, his writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020, Best Small Fiction 2019, Monkeybicycle, and numerous litmags. Find him at tommydeanwriter.com and on Twitter @TommyDeanWriter.

Guidelines:

We accept works of 3 flashes or 5 micros or fewer (No more than 3,000 words total). All genres and all styles are welcome. Please submit no more than 3 flash or 5 micros per submission.  Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Editors with limited spots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The editor reserves the right to assign each submission to the editor of their choice as necessary. If you submit your manuscript after reserving your spot, you will need to request to open your submission by e-mailing us at contact [at] fracturedlit.com. We'll grant you access, and then you can upload your pieces.* This should be completed before the deadline of May 30, 2022. 

*PDF of materials may not be ready at the time of submission but will be provided no later than July 31, 2022*


We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Reprint Prize from May 15 to July 17, 2022. Guest judge Meg Pokrass will choose three prize winners from a shortlist. We're excited to offer the winner of this prize $3000 and publication, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive publication and $300 and $200, respectively. All entries will be considered for publication.

Meg Pokrass is the author of 8 flash fiction collections and 2 flash novellas, including The House of Grana Padano (co-written with Jeff Friedman, Pelekinesis 2022), Spinning to Mars (Blue Light Book Award, 2021) and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down (Etruscan Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in over 1,000 literary journals including Electric Literature, American Journal of Poetry, Washington Square Review, McSweeney’s, Laurel Review, Waxwing, Craft, Smokelong, Split Lip, Plume, Five Points, and has been anthologized in 3 Norton anthologies of the flash fiction form: Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015), New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton, 2018), and the forthcoming Flash Fiction America (W. W. Norton & Co., 2023). Meg’s flash fiction has been widely internationally anthologized, appearing in The Best Small Fictions 2018, 2019, and 2022, Wigleaf Top 50, and the forthcoming Alcatraz: An International Anthology of the Short Form (Gazebo Books). Meg is the Managing Co-Editor and Founding Editor of Best Microfiction, Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review, and Co-Founder of the Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series (San Francisco). She lives in Inverness Scotland with her dog and cat, and wears too many hats. Find out more here: http://www.megpokrass.com

We want to celebrate the micro and flash that may have gotten lost in the shuffle, or stuck in the limbo of shuttered literary magazines! We know that excellent and exciting flash and micro fiction is published every day, but no one can keep up with all of these stories. This contest is a platform for these stories to reach new readers, and to live on in excellence on our website. We want to bring light to those lost pieces of flash and micro fiction—the stories that you love but feel are no longer receiving the attention or recognition they deserve.


GUIDELINES:

  • Your $20 reading fee allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each per entry—if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—each set of two flash stories should have a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
  • Flash/Micro Fiction only—1,000 word count maximum
  • The stories must have been previously published online or in print to be eligible
  • The stories must not have won any previous awards of $500 or more
  • DO NOT INCLUDE the publication history of the individual stories in the document. Include this information in your cover letter only
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or identifying information in the document
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay—please notify us and withdraw your entry if you find another home for your writing
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in Fractured Lit
  • Double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We only read work in English
  • We do not read blind. Shortlisted flash will be given to the judge anonymously
  • The deadline for entry is July 17, 2022. We will announce the shortlist within 10-12 weeks of the contest's close. All writers will be notified when results are in.
  • Some Submittable hot tips: - Please be sure to whitelist/add to contacts so notifications do not get filtered as spam/junk: notifications@email.submittable.com- If you realize you sent the wrong version of your piece: it happens. Please DO NOT withdraw the piece and resubmit. Submittable collects a non-refundable fee each time. Please DO message us from within the submission to request that we open the entry for editing, which will allow you to fix everything from typos in your cover letter to uploading a new draft. The only time we will not allow a change is if the piece is already under review by a reader.


OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:

You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your piece. We will provide a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. Our aim is to make our comments actionable and encouraging. These letters are written by editors and staff readers of Fractured Lit.

Should your story win, no feedback will be offered and your fee will be refunded.

 

Fractured Lit publishes micro and flash fiction from writers of any background or experience. Both Micro and Flash categories are open year round and we do not charge any submission fees. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our authors $50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction.

Micro fiction for Fractured Lit is 400 words or less.

Flash fiction is 401-1,000 words. 

We will also consider previously published fiction, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.

Writers may submit up to two stories in the same document. Please wait 1 month after our initial reply before submitting again.

Cover letters are optional, but it's nice to know who is submitting to us. Please refrain from describing your stories. The work needs to speak for itself. Including the title and word count of each story is helpful for more efficient consideration of your work. Please include a brief third-person biography statement. 

Please allow us up to two months to inform you if we have accepted your work for publication. You will usually hear from us much sooner.

We consider submissions sent via Submittable. We are not open to email submissions and are not open to submissions sent via post.

 Fractured Lit holds first serial publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following Fractured Lit’s first publication. For reprints, we ask for acknowledgment of its publication in Fractured Lit first.

OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:

You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your piece. We will provide a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. Our aim is to make our comments actionable and encouraging. These letters are written by editors and staff readers of Fractured Lit.

 

Fractured Lit publishes micro and flash fiction from writers of any background or experience. Both Micro and Flash categories are open year round and we do not charge any submission fees. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our authors $50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction.

Micro fiction for Fractured Lit is 400 words or less.

Flash fiction is 401-1,000 words. 

We will also consider previously published fiction, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.

Writers may submit up to two stories in the same document. Please wait 1 month after our initial reply before submitting again.

Cover letters are optional, but it's nice to know who is submitting to us. Please refrain from describing your stories. The work needs to speak for itself. Including the title and word count of each story is helpful for more efficient consideration of your work. Please include a brief third-person biography statement. 

Please allow us up to two months to inform you if we have accepted your work for publication. You will usually hear from us much sooner.

We consider submissions sent via Submittable. We are not open to email submissions and are not open to submissions sent via post.

 

Fractured Lit holds first serial publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following Fractured Lit’s first publication. For reprints, we ask for acknowledgment of its publication in Fractured Lit first.

OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:

You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your piece. We will provide a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. Our aim is to make our comments actionable and encouraging. These letters are written by editors and staff readers of Fractured Lit.

  Fractured Lit  is committed to providing a platform to diverse, emerging voices. We are now offering an expedited reading category explicitly for marginalized or underrepresented writers. Submissions to this category will receive a response in three weeks or fewer. 

All submissions are considered for publication at the payment rates below based on the appropriate word counts. 

Please see the guidelines below, or contact us at contact [at] fracturedlit.com with any questions. This form is for marginalized or underrepresented writers only

Black Lives Matter. Black Voices Matter.

 Fractured Lit publishes micro and flash fiction from writers of any background or experience. Both Micro and Flash categories are open year round and we do not charge any submission fees. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our authors $50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction.
Micro fiction for Fractured Lit is 400 words or less.
Flash fiction is 401-1,000 words.
We will also consider previously published fiction, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.
Writers may submit up to two stories in the same document. Please wait 1 month after our initial reply before submitting again.
Cover letters are optional, but it's nice to know who is submitting to us. Please refrain from describing your stories. The work needs to speak for itself. Including the title and word count of each story is helpful for more efficient consideration of your work. Please include a brief third-person biography statement.
We consider submissions sent via Submittable. We are not open to email submissions and are not open to submissions sent via post.
 Fractured Lit holds first serial publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following Fractured Lit’s first publication. For reprints, we ask for acknowledgment of its publication in Fractured Lit first.

 

Fractured Lit publishes micro and flash fiction from writers of any background or experience. Both Micro and Flash categories are open year round and we do not charge any submission fees. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our  $75 for original micro series.

Micro fiction series for Fractured Lit should include at least 3 micros of 400 words or less with a total word count of 1,600 or less words. All of the pieces must be unpublished in order to be considered for payment.

We will also consider previously published micro fiction series, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.

Writers may submit up to 1 micro series in the same document. Please wait 1 month after our initial reply before submitting again.

Cover letters are optional, but it's nice to know who is submitting to us. Please refrain from describing your stories. The work needs to speak for itself. Including the title and word count of each story is helpful for more efficient consideration of your work. Please include a brief third-person biography statement. 

Please allow us up to two months to inform you if we have accepted your work for publication. You will usually hear from us much sooner.

We consider submissions sent via Submittable. We are not open to email submissions and are not open to submissions sent via post.

Fractured Lit holds first serial publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following Fractured Lit’s first publication. For reprints, we ask for acknowledgment of its publication in Fractured Lit first.

OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:

You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your piece. We will provide a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. Our aim is to make our comments actionable and encouraging. These letters are written by editors and staff readers of Fractured Lit.

 
Fractured Lit would love the chance to help your formerly published stories reach a larger audience! We know how heartbreaking it can be to publish a story and then find out that the journal is no longer in existence. We also know that having a story placed in a print journal is exciting, but these stories often have smaller readerships. We're now accepting formerly published stories that if published online are at least 2 years old or from any time frame from those published in print. While we don't offer payment for reprinted stories, we can promise a larger reading audience and our full promotion of these stories through our website and through our social media channels! Come join the Fractured lit publishing family!

Micro fiction for Fractured Lit is 400 words or less.
Flash fiction is 401-1,000 words.

Writers may submit up to two stories in the same document. Please wait 1 month after our initial reply before submitting again.
Cover letters are optional, but it's nice to know who is submitting to us. Please refrain from describing your stories. The work needs to speak for itself. Including the title and word count of each story is helpful for more efficient consideration of your work. Please include a brief third-person biography statement. You must give credit to the journals(s) that previously published these pieces for our consideration.

Please allow us up to two months to inform you if we have accepted your work for publication. You will usually hear from us much sooner.
We consider submissions sent via Submittable. We are not open to email submissions and are not open to submissions sent via post.
Fractured Lit holds first serial publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following Fractured Lit’s first publication. For reprints, we ask for acknowledgment of its publication in Fractured Lit first.

OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:
You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your piece. We will provide a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. Our aim is to make our comments actionable and encouraging. These letters are written by editors and staff readers of Fractured Lit.

 

Fractured Lit is looking for flash fiction submission Readers! If you enjoy literary flash fiction with emotional resonance, characters we care about, that investigate the mysteries of being human, the sorrow, and the joy of connecting to the diverse population around us we encourage you to apply!  We encourage readers who can commit to reading three to four hours each week working remotely and at your own pace. We are particularly interested in bringing on readers who are familiar with the flash fiction form and come from diverse backgrounds and experiences!

This position begins on a rolling basis and involves a commitment of six months. PLEASE NOTE: this is an unpaid, volunteer opportunity. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and at least one writing sample. This is a rolling call and will be open until we fill the available positions. Fractured Lit is a flash fiction centered place for all writers of any background and experience. Help us find the stories we knew we’ve needed all along. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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