Written by Ella Peary April 20th, 2023

Small Wonders Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Small Wonders Magazine is a new online publisher of narrative poetry and flash fiction. They primarily publish fantasy and science fiction; they also publish horror.

Small Wonders is looking for writing that invites the reader into the wonder of other worlds. To get a sense of what they publish, you can read their first issue online, published in February this year. The publication features writing from nine contributors.

The magazine is edited by two authors, Cislyn Smith and Stephan Granade. Cislyn is a Rhysling-nominated poet, and she’s been published in top SF&F magazines like Strange Horizons. Stephen is an award-winning game designer and published author.

Small Wonders accepts reprints of flash fiction, but not of poetry.

Authors of flash fiction may submit one speculative story—fantasy, science fiction, or horror–1,000 words or fewer. Small Wonders also accepts reprints of 1,100 words or fewer. They like stories with “big feelings,” and they don’t mind stories that aren’t plot-focused. They prefer writing that doesn’t rely on twists or gimmicks like the “gotcha” ending.

Poets may submit up to three narrative poems (poems that tell a story). They accept poems of any length, even longer poems over 50 lines. They prefer poems that don’t rely on rhyme, though they do accept poems in traditional forms. They like “playful language and big feelings”.

Small Wonders pays authors: $0.10 per word for original flash fiction, and $0.01 per word or $10–whichever is more–for reprints. They pay $60 per poem.

Small Wonders accepts submissions online, not via email or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions. Authors whose work is not accepted should wait seven days before submitting again.

Small Wonders only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting. Small Wonders does not accept writing generated by AI.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Small Wonders Magazine, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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