In 2018 we are reading and publishing on a bi-monthly basis. Each issue follows a theme, and this year we are exploring different geographies and cultures around the globe. See below for more about themes.
See the Archives to read past issues and get a feel for stories we publish.
All issues contain stories up to 250 words. Except for the June 2018 issue, in which we’re accepting stories up to 1000 words (excluding title).
What we like
We like stories up to 250 words, usually. In June (New Orleans) issue, we’ll be looking for works up to 1000 words.
We are looking for variety and originality. Tickle us, haunt us, gobsmack us. Choose your words carefully and leave our readers wanting more. And do it in a small space.
Please submit only previously unpublished stories. If the work has appeared in any other print or electronic journal, we consider it published. If it has appeared on a writing workshop site, we will consider it but please do let us know, and we expect Flash Frontier to be credited with first publication if your work appears in our pages.
We love original art in all forms — colourful and daring, muted and understated. We’ll choose art each month that reflects the theme.
What is a theme?
A theme is not a prompt. Your submission does not have to include the word(s) in the theme but should evoke the idea.
Use the theme in any way you desire. You may use it like a prompt and include the words, but you can also interpret it as broadly as you desire.
If you have a theme idea, email us at flashfrontier [at] gmail [dot] com with the word THEME in the subject line. We’ll choose upcoming themes from your submissions.
The NEW ORLEANS issue
Word limit: 1000
Guest Editors: Pia Z. Earhardt and Paula Morris
Deadline: 31 May 2018
National Flash Fiction Day winners
winning stories from the 2018 competition
Sue Wootton and Tracey Slaughter (adult)
Patrick Pink and Tim Jones (youth)
New Zealand submissions via the NFFD website
Deadline for the competition: 30 April 2018
Word limit: 250
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Word limit: 250
Submissions: New Zealand
Deadline: 31 November 2018
How to submit
Electronic submissions only. Submit submissions in an email to: flashfrontier [at] gmail [dot] com, Write Submission: month / theme (that is, name the theme, as in: Submission: January / Frontiers) in the subject line.
Place your story in the body of the email. No attachments, please. If your story requires unusual formatting, let us know – the editors may ask for a different kind of document to confirm your formatting requirements.
Include the title of your story, your name and the whole text in the email.
Provide a brief biographical sketch (approx. 60 words) about yourself — written in third person — that can be included on our Contributor page. You do not have to include your bio if you have submitted to us before.
Submissions are due by the last day of the month for the following month’s issue. Each issue will appear in the latter part of month; we aim for the third Friday as our general publication date.
Remember to count: 251 won’t be accepted.
1. Single spacing with double spaces between paragraphs.
2. No paragraph indents.
3. No fancy fonts — anything plain will do.
4. Double speech marks around quoted material; single speech marks for a single word, as in: proofreading makes everything look ‘right’.
5. Single space between sentences — please! Go here for a history of typesetting. If you are typesetting on a an old-timey typewriter, we’ll let this one slide; otherwise, please remove those pesky extra spaces.
If you are submitting art, please send your work(s) as an attachment. Provide a title for the piece and tell us where the artwork originated. Artists may send up to five pieces for consideration at once.
Provide a brief biographical sketch (approx. 60 words) about yourself that can be included on our Contributor page. You do not have to include your bio if you have submitted to us before.
Payment and Rights
We do not pay authors for their work, but there will be prizes awarded quarterly and at the conclusion of our first year.
An author must own full copyright of the work submitted.
First rights revert to author upon publication, although Flash Frontier reserves the right to anthologize material originally published here in electronic or printed format.
Please direct any questions to us at flashfrontier [at] gmail [dot] com