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Monday, August 2

Flash Fiction Markets

Flash fiction is usually defined as stories of less than 1,000 words but is sometimes capped at as little as 150 words. Despite their brevity, these stories follow the usual fiction rules in that they have a plot rather than being vignettes or interesting observations. Below are some competitions and web sites that publish flash fiction. I've tried to focus on those which pay for stories.

http://www.everydayfiction.com/
1000 words or fewer
All genres
$3 token payment
Online

http://www.flashquake.org/
1000 words or fewer
They don't appreciate romance stories, nor work with excessive gore or violence, "goth" vampire tales, hard-core science fiction, rhyming poetry, or works of a religious nature.
$5-25 payment
Submissions are quarterly
Online

http://www.flashfictiononline.com/
500-1000 words
Any genre
$50 payment
Online

http://www.vestalreview.net/Guidelines.html
Up to 500 words
Stories up to 100 words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.
Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.
Their reading periods are:
1. February-May
2. August-November
Print

http://www.mslexia.co.uk/info/submit.php
Up to 150 words
Subject for stories varies, check web site
£20 payment
Print magazine for women, women only submissions

http://www.wingedhalo.com/sfh.html
Under 1000 words
Special Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy issue
Closes Aug 31st
Feedback with their rejection letters
£25 payment
Online

http://flashesinthedark.com/submission-guidelines/
Up to 1000 words
Horror
Non-paying
Online

http://smokelong.com/
Up to 1000 words
Literary fiction
Non-paying
Online

http://www.biscuitpublishing.com/comp/flash2010.html
250-750 words
400 - 500 entries. 90 - 95% of those entries of an extremely high standard
£1000 first prize
Competition closes 14th September
£9 entry
Competition

http://www.flash500.com/
Up to 500 words
£250 first prize
£5 entry
Closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
Competition

http://www.fishpublishing.com/flash-fiction-contest-competition.php
300 words or less
£1000 prize
£14 entry
Close March 20th 2011
Competition

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