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Seven Flash Fiction Markets that Pay Writers

By Alex J Coyne

Flash fiction is really short fiction, sometimes 1, 000 words and under, though usually 500 words and less. Do you think you could tell a story with punch in a few hundred words? Then check out some of these markets that accept flash fiction.

All of these publishers pay, although one only pays for anthology contributions.

Flash Fiction Online

Flash Fiction Online looks for multi-genre flash fiction from authors, including horror and science fiction. Preferred story length is 500 to 1, 000 words, and they pay a flat rate of $60 per accepted story. They also accept reprints and pay $0.02 per word for those.

Flash Fiction Magazine

Flash Fiction Magazine accepts flash fiction of between 300 to 1, 000 words. While they don’t pay for main story contributions to the magazine, what makes them still notable on this list is the fact that they pay $40 for stories selected to be in their anthologies – and authors still retain rights, so they’re welcome to sell the same story elsewhere, too.

Lamplight Magazine

Lamplight Magazine wants your dark fiction – and they accept longer stories, too. Stories can be short, but are also allowed to run up to a maximum of 7, 000 words. They pay $0.03 per word for these. Reprints are paid at $0.01 per word.


PodCastle accepts original fiction across several levels (up to 6, 000 words), though they are also looking for reprints of flash fiction – which they class as being 1, 500 words and under. They pay a $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints, $100 for reprints that go above that, and $0.06 per word for everything else.

Alban Lake

Alban Lake isn’t one of the highest-paying ones on this list, but it’s a great way to break in and fun to send a story to every once in a while. They class 1, 200 words or less as flash fiction and pay $8 for original stories of this length. (They only publish one flash fiction piece per issue, so note that!) They also happen to accept horror-themed poetry.

Cast of Wonders

Cast of Wonders is aimed at the young adult reader, and their guidelines note that they are looking for “high fantasy”, “all forms of science fiction” and psychologically-based horror. Flash fiction for them is 1,000 words and under; they offer $0.06/word for originals, and for reprints, $100 for short fiction and $20 for flash fiction.  Submissions are through Submittable.

Bayou Magazine

Bayou Magazine accepts only one flash fiction submission per issue – so make it count. They pay a flat rate of $25 for stories less than 3,000 words. and $50 for anything that’s 3,000 words or above.




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