Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction!

Categories Accepted

  • Short stories: 1,001 – 7,500 words
  • Creative nonfiction: up to 6,500 words
  • Flash fiction: (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
  • Poetry: (up to five poems in the same document) up the three pages per poem

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.

What We Look For in Submissions

Our editors have drafted up this fantastic page on our website to share what we look for in our submissions. We strongly recommend you read this and check out the examples before submitting to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. 

We also highly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop

Our Submission Guidelines

We accept work, written in English, from anywhere in the world—regardless of genre, style, or origin—and welcome speculative writing and experimental literature. 

We read all submissions anonymously. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from both the submitted manuscript and the file name as well. 

We accept, and encourage, simultaneous submissions and only ask that you withdraw your piece(s) using Submittable upon acceptance elsewhere. 

There is a small reading fee for general F(r)iction submissions ($2.50), but authors accepted will be awarded payment for their work. Our staff is almost entirely comprised of volunteers, so this fee goes toward paying all the contributors who are printed in our beautiful pages. F(r)iction pays contributors $10 per final printed page, plus two contributor copies. 

We edit every piece accepted for publication; for this collaborative process we will pair you with one of our Senior Editors. All our editors have been trained to help guide the development of each piece to reach its fullest potential in keeping with the author’s vision. This does not mean we will take on a wild jumble of words and half-formed musings. But it does mean that we value your work and want to help each piece to be as unforgettable as possible. 

We respond to every submission as quickly as possible, usually within one or two months.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your short fiction, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.


Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your flash fiction, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your poetry, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to F(r)iction! Before submitting your creative nonfiction, please ensure you have read the Submission guidelines at the top of our Submittable page.

Our Unseen issue is about bringing the margins to the fore, shining light on the experiences, lives, and stories that often escape—or are hidden from—our collective view. This issue will focus on the experiences of marginalized groups, whether due to racism, sexism, traditionalism, or other forms of exclusion. We’ll also present courageous battles with cancer, superheroes with invisibility powers, ray guns that shrink people so small they can’t be seen, and the consequences of wishing to disappear and having that wish granted. The Unseen issue will elevate marginalized voices and artists, in collaboration with established writers and creators, to ensure these stories are seen, now and forever.

But we’re not just bringing visibility to marginalized perspectives, we’re also creating a platform for marginalized creators to showcase their talent with our art department. Partnering with #VisibleWomen, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s movement for elevating woman and genre diverse comic book writers and artists, every piece of editorial artwork and comic spreads will be created by artists from marginalized genders!

What We're Looking For:

For this issue, we’re seeking content in the following areas:

Creative Nonfiction: There is so much in the memoir and creative nonfiction space that would fit for Unseen. We will embrace work that explores the experience of being ignored, mistreated, disbelieved, hidden away, treated as second class, and anything else that grapples with the lives and challenges faced by marginalized people and marginalized experiences.

Fiction: We are looking for three primary types of fiction:

  • Genre Prose: Although we have a good chunk of prose already that explores what it’s like to be unseen in the real world, we’re keen to explore how these themes evolve when the fantastical is tossed into the mix. Maybe you have a science fiction piece that focuses on invisibility technology, cloaking of spaceships, or just making something unwanted disappear as if by magic—which we’re sure would have a consequence elsewhere. Bring us a fantasy story in which the character debate the ethics of the race-based system of their kingdom (perhaps the anti-goblin propaganda is getting out of hand?). Show us what it’s to want to go unseen so desperately that you are rendered physically invisible!
  • Literary Fiction Prose: Anything that thoughtfully and compellingly approaches the theme of Unseen is welcome. As a very specific example, we’d love to see stories about shunning as a cultural practice, specifically how someone responds to being effectively erased by-choice from their previous cohort or family, and perhaps how being blocked from social media or another digital community impacts us.
  • Flash Fiction: Repeat all the stuff from above, but briefer!

Poetry: We’re seeking some poetic mix of everything mentioned above as well!

Form:

  • Short stories: 1,001 – 7,500 words
  • Creative nonfiction: up to 6,500 words
  • Flash fiction: (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
  • Poetry: (up to five poems in the same document) up the three pages per poem

The Dreams issue will dabble in all things outside the waking world. Unleash your subconscious and journey with us into the wildest stretches of our imagination, where our sleepy minds conjure fantastical means to grapple with the real life obstacles that await us when we wake. As in all issues of F(r)iction, this theme takes many shapes, from nightmares brought to life to our deepest aspirations grinding with reality. With engaging stories of subconscious detectives to gritty sci-fi exploring how virtual reality radically reshapes the economy, this issue links emerging and celebrity voices to take readers on a journey into the dreamscapes.

What We're Looking For:

For this issue, there are a few holes in content we're eager to fill:

Creative Nonfiction: We are seeking creative nonfiction about dreams, with a particular emphasis on how the lines between dreams and reality can blur. Also of interest would be essays about the science of dreaming, and any non-scientific relationships we have with our dreams. For example, some people and cultures take dreams as prophecies.

Fiction: We’re mainly look for genre and flash fiction at this time:

  • Genre Prose: We’d love to see some potent and weird genre fiction. Perhaps something exploring living a second “normal” life while in dreams, and how trying to hold down two existences—without really sleeping—might pull at a person’s sanity. We’d also enjoy some straight up dream warrior, wild imagery fantasy, or science fiction. What might happen if your smart fridge dreamt while it wasn’t suggesting that you drink your daily eight glasses of water or reminding you that your rack of lamb is fully defrosted? How will technology change how we dream in the future? What do dreams tell us about the real world that we might not see? What happens if we start sharing dreams with those we love most?
  • Literary Fiction Prose: We’re looking for a couple more pieces of lit fic, so we’d be interested in the psychological, scientific, and other dreamy explorations of form and format.
  • Flash Fiction: Let’s see what amazing stuff can happen inside the tiniest of dreamscapes!

Poetry: We’re seeking some poetic mix of everything mentioned above as well!

Form:

  • Short stories: 1,001 – 7,500 words
  • Creative nonfiction: up to 6,500 words
  • Flash fiction: (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
  • Poetry: (up to five poems in the same document) up the three pages per poem

Please only submit using this category if you have been explicitly invited to by a member of our staff. This category allows select authors the chance to resubmit a redrafted version of a piece we originally declined free of charge. 

Please include your original title (in the case you changed that) and date of your first submission in your cover letter; this will help us keep track of its progress.

Note: Submitting a revision does not guarantee acceptance; it is read, vetted, and discussed using the same process.


If you use this category and were not invited to re-submit, your submission will be declined. 

We love our F(r)iction family (seriously, why don't you call us more?) and all we want is to shout from the social media rooftops about all your accomplishments like the proud relatives we are.

So here's your chance to help us brag about you! If you've been previously published in F(r)iction (either in print or online), we would LOVE to hear about what's been happening in your writing career. Let us share the news with all our followers on social media. Please. We miss you.

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Your F(r)iction Family

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