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10 Flash Fiction Markets That Pay

by Writing Workshops Staff

A year ago

by Writing Workshops Staff

A year ago

Flash fiction is a great way to jumpstart or supplement your publishing journey. Many markets, such as the ones below, pay for accepted stories. Flash can range in length from fewer than ten words to around 1,000 words. And the best part: there are lots of people who find flash fiction enjoyable to read. It is also a genre of writing that is extremely shareable online. Try your luck at writing something shorter and submit to one of the paying markets below when you've got a polished draft.


Craft is a literary magazine for fiction and nonfiction. They pay $100 for original flash fiction and creative nonfiction of less than 1,000 words, and $200 for original short fiction and creative nonfiction. Submission guidelines for various categories here.

Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction accepts speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, slipstream, etc.) from 100 to 1,500 words in length. They want very short fiction and pay 8 cents per word. Submission guidelines here.

Electric Literature's Commuter

Electric Literature’s second weekly magazine, publishing strange and diverting poetry, flash fiction, and graphic narratives every Monday. Accepts previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative under 1,500 words.  Four 1-week submissions periods per year.  Submission guidelines here. Response time: 3 months  Pay: $100

Flash Fiction Online

Flash Fiction Online publishes “brief, beautiful, and dynamic flash fiction – complete stories told in 500-1,000 words – across a range of speculative and literary genres.” Their submissions portal is open from the 1st to the 21st of each month and pay $80 per story they accept. Submission guidelines here .

Flash Fiction magazine

Flash Fiction Magazine accepts fiction stories between 300 and 1,000 words. They pay $40 for stories selected to be in The Flash Fiction Magazine anthologies. Submission guidelines here.

Fractured Lit

Fractured Lit is always open for micro and flash fiction submissions and pay authors $50 for original micro fiction (of 400 words or less) and $75 for original flash fiction (of between 401 and 1,000 words). Submission guidelines here.

Orion’s Belt

Orion’s Belt is a literary speculative-fiction online magazine. They publish one story per month of 1,200 words or less. Submission guidelines here. They pay 8 cents per word for accepted stories.

SmokeLong Quarterly

They are an online literary magazine dedicated to “flash narrative”. Submissions must be no longer than 1,000 words and they pay $100 per piece upon publication in the quarterly issue. Submission guidelines here.

New Voices (The Masters Review)

The Masters Review’s New Voices category is open throughout the year to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. Authors of short story collections are welcome to submit. They pay $200 for short fiction and narrative nonfiction of up to 7,000 words, and $100 for flash fiction of up to 1,000 words. Submission guidelines here.

 Three-Lobed Burning Eye

Three-Lobed Burning Eye is a speculative fiction magazine published online twice per year. They publish short fiction (1,001-7,500 words) and flash fiction (less than 1,000 words). They pay $100 for short fiction and $30 for flash. Submission guidelines here.

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