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25 Magazines and Online Publications


Unsure the place to ship these nice brief tales you’ve written?

As with writing contests and fellowships, typically it may be onerous to know the place to start. That will help you work out the place to submit brief tales, we’ve put collectively this information to 23 publications that publish brief fiction. The listing consists of a mixture of publications throughout numerous genres and types, starting from prestigious, extremely aggressive choices to these particularly in search of new and rising voices.

Whereas we’ll offer you a quick concept of the flavour of every journal and website, you’ll undoubtedly need to spend a while studying your goal publications earlier than submitting to grow to be acquainted with the kind of items they like. And earlier than hitting “ship,” ensure you’re not making any of those submission errors!

Able to get began? Listed here are 23 retailers that publish brief tales.

1. The New Yorker

May as nicely begin with a bang, proper? Including publication in The New Yorker to your portfolio places you in an entire new league, although it gained’t be straightforward. Writer David. B. Consolation calculated the chances of an acceptance at zero.0000416 %!

It accepts each normal brief fiction in addition to humorous brief fiction for the “Shouts & Murmurs” part. No phrase counts are talked about, although a fast scan of the column exhibits most items are 600 to 1,000 phrases.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open

Cost: Large bragging rights; pay for unsolicited submissions isn’t specified. Who Pays Writers lists a number of paid items, although as of this submit’s publication, no charges particularly for brief tales.

2. The Atlantic

One other extremely revered journal, The Atlantic publishes each massive names and rising writers in fiction and nonfiction. Submission tips advise, “A common familiarity with what we now have revealed up to now is one of the best information to what we’re in search of.”

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open

Cost: Unsolicited submissions are usually unpaid, though if the editors select your piece for on-line content material, you might obtain $100-$200 relying on style and size.

three. The Threepenny Evaluate

This quarterly arts journal focuses on literature, arts and society, memoir and essay. Brief tales ought to be not more than four,000 phrases, whereas submissions to the “Desk Speak” part (pithy, irreverent and humorous musings on tradition, artwork, politics and life) must be 1,000 phrases or much less.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: January to June

Cost: $400 for brief tales; $200 for Desk Speak items

four. Zoetrope: All-Story

Based by Francis Ford Coppola and Adrienne Brodeur in 1997, Zoetrope: All-Story’s mission is “to discover the intersection of story and artwork, fiction and movie” and “type a bridge to storytellers at giant, encouraging them to work within the pure format of a brief story.” Submissions ought to be not more than 7,000 phrases.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open

Cost: None, however this journal has found many rising writers and revealed massive names like Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez, so publication right here might win you some critical status factors.

5. One Story

One Story is simply what the identify says: a literary journal that publishes one nice brief story each three to 4 weeks, and nothing extra.

Its important standards for an ideal brief story? One “that leaves readers feeling glad and [is] robust sufficient to face alone.” Tales may be any type or topic however ought to be between three,000 and eight,000 phrases.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: January 15 to Might 31st and September 1 to November 14

Cost: $500 plus 25 contributor copies

6. The Antioch Evaluation

The Antioch Assessment not often publishes greater than three brief tales per situation, however its editors are open to new in addition to established writers. Authors revealed right here typically wind up in Greatest American anthologies and because the recipients of Pushcart prizes.

To make the reduce, editors say, “It’s the story that counts, a narrative worthy of the intense consideration of the clever reader, a narrative that’s compelling, written with distinction.” Phrase rely is versatile, however items are typically underneath 5,000.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open apart from the interval of June 1 to September 1

Cost: $20 per printed web page plus two contributor copies


Thought-provoking is the secret if you wish to get revealed in AGNI. Its editors search for items that maintain a mirror as much as the world round us and have interaction in a bigger, ongoing cultural dialog about nature, mankind, the society we stay in and extra.

There are not any phrase limits, however shorter is usually higher; “The longer a bit is, the higher it must be to justify taking over a lot area within the journal,” word the submission tips.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open September 1 to Might 31

Cost: $10 per printed web page (as much as a max of $150) plus a yr’s subscription, two contributor’s copies and 4 present copies


eight. Barrelhouse

Revealed by an unbiased nonprofit literary group, Barrelhouse’s biannual print journal  and on-line concern search to “bridge the hole between critical artwork and popular culture.” Its editors search for high quality writing that’s additionally edgy and humorous — as they are saying, they “need to be your bizarre Web good friend.”

There’s no exhausting phrase rely, however attempt to hold your submission beneath eight,000 phrases.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Presently open for books, comics, and some different classes. Examine the webpage to see all open classes and join the e-mail listing to study as quickly as new open classes are introduced.

Cost: $50 plus two contributor copies (print journal); unpaid (on-line situation)

9. Cincinnati Evaluate

The Cincinnati Evaluate publishes work by writers of all genres and in any respect factors of their careers. Its editors need “work that has power,” that’s “wealthy in language and plot construction” and “that’s not simply ecstatic, however that makes is reader really feel ecstatic, too.”

Fiction and nonfiction submissions ought to be not more than 40 double-spaced pages.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: September 1 to March 1

Cost: $25 per double-spaced web page

10. The First Line

This cool quarterly is all about jumpstarting that pesky author’s block. Every situation incorporates brief fiction tales (300-5,000 phrases) that every start with the identical pre-assigned first line. You can too write a nonfiction important essay (500-800 phrases) about your favourite first line from a bit of literary work.

In case you actually need to get formidable, it’s also possible to write a four-part story that makes use of every of that yr’s first strains (which is due by the subsequent yr’s spring challenge deadline). To seek out every challenge’s assigned first line, take a look at the submission tips under.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: February 1 (spring); Might 1 (summer time); August 1 (fall); November 1 (winter)

Cost: $25 to $50 (fiction); $25 (nonfiction) plus a contributor’s copy

11. The Georgia Assessment

One other one excessive on the status listing, The Georgia Assessment options all kinds of essays, fiction, e-book critiques and extra throughout a variety of subjects. You possibly can learn particular necessities for every within the submission tips under, however the widespread theme amongst all of them is high quality, high quality, high quality.

Keep in mind submitting requires a $three processing payment when you’re not a subscriber.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open apart from the interval of Might 15 to August 15

Cost: $50 per printed web page

12. Boulevard Journal

Boulevard Journal is all the time looking out for “much less skilled or unpublished writers with distinctive promise.” It accepts prose items (fiction and nonfiction) as much as eight,000 phrases (notice: no science fiction, erotica, westerns, horror, romance or youngsters’s tales).

There’s a submission payment of $three.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open October 1 to Might 1

Cost: $100 to $300

13. Digital camera Obscura

Digital camera Obscura is a biannual unbiased literary journal that publishes modern literary fiction and images. Fiction ought to be between 250 and eight,000 phrases, though its editors have made exceptions for the occasional “distinctive novella” between 12,000 and 30,000 phrases.

You may also attempt your hand at a “Bridge the Hole” piece, the place you assessment the present photograph gallery and assemble a narrative that “Takes the reader on an sudden journey from the primary picture to the subsequent.”

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Keep tuned to the rules web page to seek out out when the subsequent deadline is introduced.

Cost: $1,000 to at least one featured author revealed in every concern, as decided by the editors; all different contributors obtain two copies of the difficulty during which they’re revealed. The most effective Bridge the Hole piece receives $50.

14. Crazyhorse

Open to all kinds of fiction from mainstream to avant-garde, Crazyhorse places no limitations on fashion or type. When you’ve received one thing individuals haven’t seen earlier than and gained’t have the ability to overlook, its editors are in search of it.

Crazyhorse additionally accepts nonfiction of any type, together with memoirs, journal entries, obituaries, and so forth. — we informed you it’s open to something! Maintain your phrase rely between 2,500 and eight,500 phrases.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open for submissions from September 1 to Might 31, apart from the month of January (when it solely accepts entries for the Crazyhorse Prizes)

Cost: $20 per printed web page (as much as a max of $200)

15. Story

Story Journal is, you guessed it, all concerning the story, no matter form it takes. Every situation is predicated round a theme, however its editors encourage writers to assume outdoors the field in terms of methods to handle that theme — fiction, nonfiction, hybrid types, “hermit-crab essays” and extra are all up for consideration.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open January 1 to Might 1 (print journal); open February, April, June, August, and October (on-line)

Cost: Not specified

16. Vestal Evaluate

Choose to maintain your brief tales extraordinarily brief? Vestal Evaluate publishes flash fiction of not more than 500 phrases. Its editors are open to all genres apart from syrupy romance, arduous science fiction and youngsters’s tales, they usually have a particular fondness for humor. R-rated content material is OK, however avoid something too racy, gory or obscene.

Submission Tips:

Deadline:  Submission durations are February to Might and August to November

Cost: Ten cents per phrase (for tales as much as 100 phrases); 5 cents per phrase (101-200 phrases); three cents per phrase (201-500 phrases). “Tales of nice benefit” of their estimation can obtain as much as a $25 flat payment.

17. Flash Fiction On-line

Flash Fiction On-line permits for barely longer flash tales — between 500 and 1,000 phrases. Its editors like sci-fi and fantasy however are open to all genres. As with Vestal, avoid the heavier stuff like erotica and violence. As of March 1, 2015, FFO accepts beforehand revealed works.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open

Cost: $60 per story, two cents per phrase for reprints

18. Black Warrior Assessment

Black Warrior Evaluation publishes a mixture of work by up-and-coming writers and nationally recognized names. Fiction items of as much as 7,000 phrases must be progressive, difficult and distinctive; its editors worth “absurdity, hybridity, the magical [and] the stark.”

BWR additionally accepts flash fiction beneath 1,000 phrases and nonfiction items (as much as 7,000 phrases) that look at and problem beliefs and limits. There’s a $three submission payment.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Submission durations are December 1 to March 1 and June 1 to September 1

Cost: A one-year subscription to BWR and a nominal lump-sum charge (quantity not disclosed in its tips)

19. The Solar Journal

The Solar Journal provides a number of the largest funds we’ve seen, and whereas its tips particularly point out private writing and provocative political/cultural items, additionally they say editors are “open to absolutely anything.”

Works ought to run not more than 7,000 phrases. Submit one thing the editors love, and you would get a pleasant payday.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open

Cost: A one-year subscription, plus $300 to $2,000

20. Virginia Quarterly (VQR)

A various publication that options each award-winning and rising writers, VQR accepts brief fiction (2,000 to eight,000 phrases) however shouldn’t be a fan of style work like romance, sci-fi, and so forth. It additionally takes nonfiction (three,500 to 9,000 phrases) like journey essays that look at the world round us.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Submissions learn July 1 to July 31

Cost: Usually $1,000 and above for brief fiction and prose (roughly 25 cents per phrase) with larger charges for investigative reporting; $100 to $200 for content material revealed on-line.

21. Ploughshares

Ploughshares’ award-winning literary journal is revealed by Boston’s Emerson School. They settle for fiction and nonfiction underneath 6,000 phrases and require a $three service payment for those who submit on-line (it’s free to submit by mail, although they like digital submissions).

Submission Tips:

Deadline: June 1 at midday EST by way of January 15 at midday EST

Cost: $45 per printed web page (for no less than $90 per title and a most of $450 per writer).

22. Shimmer

Shimmer “encourages authors of all backgrounds to put in writing tales that embrace characters and settings as numerous and wondrous because the individuals and locations of the world we reside in.”

Conventional sci-fi and fantasy needn’t apply; Shimmer’s editors are after modern fantasy and “speculative fiction” with robust plots, characters and emotional core — the extra distinctive the higher. Maintain your tales beneath 7,500 phrases (four,000 phrases is across the candy spot).

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open

Cost: 5 cents per phrase (for no less than $50)

23. Day by day Science Fiction

Sci-fi and fantasy writers, this one’s for you. Every day Science Fiction is in search of character-driven fiction, and the shorter, the higher. Whereas their phrase rely vary is 100 to 1,500 phrases, they’re particularly desperate to get flash fiction collection (a number of flash tales based mostly round a central theme), science fiction, fantasy, and slipstream.

Submission Tips:

Deadline: Open apart from the interval between December 24 to January 2

Cost: Eight cents per phrase, with the potential of further pay for reprints in themed Day by day Science Fiction anthologies

The place to seek out extra locations to submit your brief tales

These 23 magazines and on-line publications are only a small subset of what’s on the market. For extra potential locations to share your brief fiction, take a look at the next assets, a number of of which helped us compile this record:

Do you write brief tales? The place have you ever submitted them?

This publish was initially revealed in Might 2015. We up to date it in Might 2018.