Category: Flash

Taking Submissions: The Deeps, Issue no. 1

Submission Window: March 1st – 31st, 2023
Payment: 2 contributors’ copies and 1 cent per word
Theme: Short fiction and narrative poetry that are horror and horror-adjacent, and particularly well-suited for traditional storytelling.

Opens: March 1, 2023

Closes: March 31, 2023

Before submitting, please read about our magazine so you know our mission and our literary interests. Our list of influences may also give you a sense of the types of work we’re looking for.

We accept submissions from creators of every ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, creed, nationality, ability, and economic background. Further, we encourage submissions from those whose voices are underrepresented or frequently silenced. You are welcome here. Please don’t self-reject by not submitting.


Taking Submissions: Samjoko Spring 2023 Issue

Deadline: April 10th, 2023
Payment: $20
Theme: Non-Genre Specific Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry

$20 Contributor’s Payment if accepted

Submissions period: 2023/02/10 – 2023/04/10

No reprints

Submit once per reading cycle

Submissions that do not follow guidelines will be deleted unread.

If previously accepted, please wait 24 months before submitting again. Only submit once per reading cycle.

We are non-genre specific. Read previous issues to get a sense of what we publish.


Ongoing Submissions: Etherea Magazine

Payment: $100 AUD for original work, $25 AUD per reprint
Theme: fantasy and science fiction short stories
Note: Reprints Welcome

Etherea is seeking fantasy and science fiction short stories. We are not too interested in horror or grimdark, however every submission is read and considered on its merits. Fan fiction will not be accepted.

Please ensure that you proofread your submission. A story riddled with spelling mistakes will be discarded.

We will endeavour to respond to every submission within an acceptable time, however, some things do fall through the cracks. If you have not had a response in two months since submitting, please feel free to contact us. We will not be responding to questions about rejected submissions.

Upon acceptance of a submission, we purchase the First Publication Rights, and non-exclusive rights to include the story in anthology.

Etherea Magazine is an Australian publication, so payment will be made in Australian dollars, via Paypal. As such, submissions will need to be made by those 18 years and older. We are looking for stories of length between 2000 and 5000 words, but longer will be accepted. We pay a flat rate of A$100 per original, unpublished story.

We are also looking for flash fiction, from 500 to 1000 words. A flat rate of A$25 will be paid per story. Horror may be accepted in this section, however must have an element of the supernatural.

We also accept reprints, however this must be indicated in the submission. Proof that exclusivity limits have lapsed will be required. Reprints must be between 2000 and 5000 words, and will be paid at a flat rate of $25 per story.

Regardless of whether you receive an acceptance or rejection, please wait 21 days before submitting another story.

We are open to receiving serials, however they must be in a complete condition at time of submission. I’ll be honest, acceptance chances are slim.


Taking Submissions: Last Girls Club Summer Issue 2023 (Early)

Submission Window: April 1st – May 1st 2023
Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD max, Poems-less than 200 words $10, Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD max
Theme: Reparations

Last Girls Club Summer Issue Theme is Reparations. The country I live in is founded with a deep blood debt that will continue to haunt us if we do not acknowledge it. Revisionist history cannot kill ghosts. Colonialism exists everywhere. What do reparations even look like? Please go to our website to get a feel for what we publish. Acceptances will be notified on May 15.

  • No more than two fiction or flash fiction stories per author per submission period.
  • Fiction is limited to 2,500 words or less. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($25 USD max).
  • Flash fiction is limited to under 1,000 words. Authors are paid $0.01 per word upon acceptance ($10 USD max).
  • No more than three poems per poet.
  • Poems are limited to 200 words or less for each poem. Poets are paid $10 upon acceptance.
  • I prefer to use PayPal to pay authors, but will work with authors where PayPal is not available.
  • Nonfiction columns will must be pitched to editor in chief before submission. Email your idea to [email protected]


Taking Submissions: Tower Magazine February Window

Deadline: February 28th, 2023
Payment: €20
Theme: horror, sci-fi, fantasy and erotica that grapple with the topic of Endings
Note: Reprints Welcome

Submissions are open from February 01-28 2023 for TOWER VOL. 1: END. We accept all genres and encourage submissions of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and erotica.
For VOL. 1: END we’re looking for work that grapples with endings, death, dissolution and finality; sudden, brutal endings; torturously slow breakdowns; how do things come to an end and who gets to decide?
Some inspirations:

  • The desperation for an ending to the tortures of Gretchen Felker-Martin’s No End Will Be Found
  • The cyclical violence in “Herbert White” by Frank Bidart
  • The clash between audience and artist’s expectations of an ending in ABC’s LOST
  • The desperate battle against a prophesied ending in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • The incomprehensible disappearance and abrupt end of an internet friendship in Lol Cuthbert’s “This journal has been deleted and purged”
  • How we go on after the end of the world in Gretchen Felker-Martin’s Manhunt, Kentaro Miura’s Berserk and Torrey Peters’ Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones
  • The role of geography and place in predetermining a life as in Cherie Priest’s Those Who Went Remain There Still
  • The endless scroll of Tiktok


Taking Submissions: Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores March 2023 (Early Listing)

Submission Window: March 1st – 3rd, 2023
Payment: 8 cents per word for original, 2 cents for reprints, For artwork: $10 for the non-exclusive right to use each image, for as long as the site is online.  If we publish a print collection we will pay a pro-rata share for each image used.
Theme: Well written original work in science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world.
Note: Reprints welcome



Submissions Schedule

We have a new submissions schedule as of June 1, 2020:
The first and second day of every month, 12 am of the 1st to 12 am of the 3rd, E.S.T.
Only one submission per person.

For reading impaired individuals, our submissions manager and ‘forget password’ have a captcha compatible with screen readers.

We pay 8¢ per word for new fiction, 2¢ per word for fiction reprints, 2 – 6¢ per word for new fact-based work, 1- 4¢ per word for reprinted fact articles.
For new poetry, we pay $1 a line, reprints would be 50¢ a line, up to 40 lines. We’ll look at longer poems but that would be a hard sell, and words over 40 lines would be paid at 6¢ per word.

We began The Kepler Award to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. You can learn about The Kepler Award here.

You can read a copy of our standard contract here.   It can be varied as needed to include the rights of translators, voice actors, etc.


Taking Submissions: Dark Recesses Summer 2023 Issue

Deadline: April 30th, 2023
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: horror/dark fiction

Breakdown of content:


8 fiction pieces (approximate word lengths) – 1x 5000, 1x 3000, 1x 2500, 2x 1500, 3x 500
3-5 non-fiction pieces – 1 article, 1-2 briefs, 1-2 interviews and/or review

– Fiction:


We are looking for horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words firm. Genre mashing is absolutely allowed. We do not accept stories that involve the sexual abuse/exploitation of minors direct or implied. Common sense when submitting please. 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.

While not a requirement, we strongly suggest you pick up a copy of the digital magazine to help better understand the types of work we’re looking for.


Our pay rates
5 cents per word
All payments are made in US funds via PayPal.


Taking Submissions: The First Line – Summer 2023

Deadline: May 1st, 2023
Payment: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry
Theme: Story must begin with: “All the lawns on Mentone Avenue are mowed on Wednesdays.”

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don’t want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that’s cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines. And, just to be clear, we do not accept simultaneous submissions.

One more thing while I’ve got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won’t get your story tossed from the slush pile). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line’s website, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Poetry: We do accept poetry, though rarely. We have no restrictions on form or line count, but all poems must begin with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.