Flashquake (web)

flashquake is an independent, quarterly, web-based publication that focuses on works of flash fiction, flash nonfiction (memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction, humor) and short poetry.

flashquake is a quality paying venue for literary writers, and we award stipends to all chosen contributors in each category. We reserve the right to withhold some or all of the stipends to be awarded depending on the quality of the work submitted.

The submission guidelines are quite detailed, therefore visit the website for details and read carefully.


flashquake defines “flash” as prose (fiction or nonfiction) of less than 1000 words in length. However, we admire brevity and will receive shorter works favorably. For poetry, our maximum limit is 35 lines per poem; prose poetry must not exceed 300 words in length.

We accept submissions in each of four categories:

We accept electronic submissions ONLY during the reading periods specified. If you send work during the months we do not read (February, May, August, or November), it will be returned unread. The next period is;

Fall Issue – to be published September 1 — The beginning of our publishing year

  • Submissions accepted June 1 to July 31
  • Contributor Notification Deadline – around August 15

Paste your submission into a PLAIN TEXT e-mail message addressed to submit@flashquake.org.

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