Category: Flash

Flash Fiction

Contest: Shallow Waters June Flash Theme

Deadline: May 31st, 2022
Payment: $0.03 per word for the winner, and 2 cents per word and 1 cent for second and third place respectively
Theme: Open Water

Your June theme is…

…Open Water. Whether it’s lost at sea, trapped in a boat, being a stowaway, kidnapped, going down with the ship, etc. But keep it dark and psychologically disturbing.

Bonus challenge: write the story in a pre-21st century setting.

Taking Submissions: A Coup Of Owls October 2022 Issue (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st – 30th, 2022
Payment: Drabbles and Flash – £5. Short Stories 1001 to 4000 words – £10, Short Stories 4001 to 8000 words – £15
Theme: Stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something. Warmth, love, melancholy, rage.
Note: Only publishes creators from under represented and/or marginalized communities.

We’re looking for stories you’ve poured your soul into but haven’t been able to find the right home for. We’re looking for stories that make us feel something.

Warmth, love, melancholy, rage.

We want it all. 

All genres, styles and themes will be considered and we especially love stories that are outside the box in their telling. Ambiguous endings? Non-linear storytelling? Antagonist’s point-of-view? A story told in just one scene?

We love it all.


February 1 – 28 (for June issue)

April 1 – 30 (for August issue)

June 1 – 30 (for October issue)

August 1 – 31 (for December issue)

October 1 – 31 (for February issue)

December 1 – 31 (for April issue)

we do not have set issue themes but feel free to be inspired by the season, seasonal occasions and events


Taking Submissions: Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea (Early Listing)

Submission Window: June 1st to June 30th, 2022
Payment: A contributor’s copy and Stories: $0.08 a word, Poems: $50 a poem, Drabbles: $50 a drabble
Theme: horror or dark fantasy stories, poems, and drabbles about malevolent mermaids, sinister sirens, scary selkies, spirits, and other deadly and dangerous women of the sea.

Submissions Open: June 1 st to June 30th

Title: Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea

Type: Anthology of short stories, poetry, and drabbles

Editor: Julia C. Lewis


Taking Submissions: Along Harrowed Trails

Deadline: August 31st, 2022
Payment: Poetry – $10 USD, Flash – $15 USD, Short Fiction – $35 USD and a contributor’s copy.
Theme: horror set in the Old West

Timber Ghost Press is proud to present Along Harrowed Trails, an anthology of horror set in the Old West. We are seeking well-crafted stories and poems that are creepy, disturbing, and weird that embrace the Old West aesthetic from around 1800-1900.

For inspiration, you can look to Bone Tomahawk, Ravenous, Hostiles, The Wind, Appaloosa, Tombstone, Blood Meridian, Deadlands, Quick and the Dead, etc. 

Taking Submissions: Freeze Frame Fiction 2022 Call #1

Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: $10
Theme: A complete story in any genre

What are we looking for?

Good flash fiction is like a freeze frame—a snapshot of a real story about real characters. The word count is low, so many of the details are left to the reader to fill in, but they’re there. Flash fiction is neither a vignette nor a character sketch. Something must happen, and there must be an ending, whether explicit or implied.

So first and foremost, we want a story. A complete, interesting story. 1000 words or less, any genre, no content restrictions. We want your science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, drama, literary works, satire, bizarre fiction, or anything else you can come up with or mix together. The more original, the better. The weirder, the better.

The best way to find out what we’re looking for is to read what we’ve already published! Check out our current volume, free to read at

What are we NOT looking for?


Ongoing Submissions: SFS Stories

Payment: $25
Theme: sci-fi or fantasy

SFS Stories is a throwback to the golden age of fantasy and science fiction. Think of authors like Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, and the sci-fantasy pulp magazines that published their delectable stories. Each issuecontains sci-fi or fantasy tales for lovers of flash fiction.

Ongoing Submissions: Dark Recesses Press Website Content

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Payment: Flash Fiction (up to 1000 words) – $10.00, Very Short Fiction (1000-2000 words) – $15.00, Short Fiction (2000-3000+ words) – $25.00
Theme: horror/dark fiction

WEBZINE CONTENT (free for readers)

– Fiction:

We are looking for horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-3000 words. Query for longer works. Longer works are a tough sell but may be considered if they knock us off our seats. Common sense when submitting please. We do not accept stories that involve the sexual abuse/exploitation of minors. We are not looking for pure shock value. All components of your story should have merit. Gore for gore’s sake is not what we are looking for.


Taking Submissions: From The Yonder Volume III

Deadline: September 19th, 2021
Payment: $5 (USD) per poem, $10 (USD) per short story, and a contributor’s copy depending on location
Theme: Regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.


War Monkey Publications, LLC, is pleased to announce open submissions for our upcoming anthology:
Volume III
A horror, short-story collection of regional legends and tall-tales from around the World.
Our Staff so loved working on the first volume, we’ve decided to keep doing it.
We are seeking short story submissions (1000-7500 words) for this anthology. The stories must be based upon a regional/cultural legend or tall-tale from any location or culture in the World. “Regional” can be a specific place (Loch Ness) or a larger region (Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest).
We are seeking stories in the horror genre. Inclusion of elements of other genres is welcome, so long as, overall, the story is an horror story. The subject of the story can be based on any legend, so long as it has a horrific flavor. Ghosts, hauntings, alien abductions, monsters, demons, spirits, witches, etc, all are acceptable, as long as the subject is based on an actual legend or tall-tale.
We want an original story involving the legend. Don’t rehash the legend itself or write an essay on the tall-tale. Instead, for example, WOW us with a new fable of some poor unfortunate who finds out that legends are sometimes all too real.
For more examples; read FROM THE YONDER; Volume I (published in February 2020)