Do you want to get paid for writing flash fiction? Some publications define flash fiction as complete stories of no more than 1,000 words while others will limit you to 500 or even 250 words. The challenge is to capture a powerful moment in the life of a character or to give your readers a shocking revelation. Even though you have few words to work with, the editors at these flash fiction magazines will expect something memorable to happen in your work.
If you can deliver something unique and powerful, there are reputable magazines that may give you a bit of cash for your talent. Keep reading to discover just six of the best magazines now paying for very short fiction stories.
This is a print magazine devoted to the AIDS/HIV pandemic, but they also publish a lot of work online. They have a Positively Literary section that features poetry as well as short fiction up to 1,500 words. That definitely leaves the door open to flash fiction that relates to their theme in some way. According to the 2017 Writer’s Market, they pay $50 for work published in their literary section.
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Brain Child is a printed magazine for mothers, and most of the content is written by mothers. They pay writers for work published in the magazine as well as for essays featured on their website. While their primary focus is personal essays about parenting, they state in the 2017 Writer’s Market that they are open to short fiction between 800 and 4,000 words. They only publish fiction with a “strong motherhood theme,” and the pay varies.
This market is devoted entirely to alternative culture, so you definitely want to read some of their published work to determine if they’re a good fit for your flash fiction stories. They pay between $30 and $300, and you can bet on receiving the minimum $30 for flash fiction. Their maximum word limit is 3,000 words. There is no minimum word range, which indicates that they’re open to good flash stories that will entertain their readers.
Do you have a sexy side? Bust is a feminist magazine for women that features erotic flash fiction around 900 words long. According to the 2017 Writer’s Market, pay can go up to $50 per story. This is your chance to get kinky and then get paid!
While they don’t pay for flash fiction published on their website, they do pay $40 for every piece chosen for their compiled flash fiction books. They consider flash fiction a complete story between 300 and 1,000 words. The website is very specific about what they do and do not want, so give it a read before submitting your work.
This flash fiction magazine pays $60 for each published story. Flash fiction is considered any complete story between 500 and 1,000 words. While they admit that some of their editors enjoy science fiction, they aim to publish work from all genres. They look for strong characters and developed plots, so brush up on the elements of fiction before submitting your best work.
This is also a market for reprints, so send in those previously published pieces to maximize your earnings.
Keep in mind that this market pays for first publishing rights in multiple formats. This includes the right to publish your story in an anthology. Read the terms to make sure that you know what rights you’re giving away. For the pay offered, I still consider this a good deal for flash fiction.
The Final Word
There is never any guarantee that flash fiction magazines are going to publish your work. You will increase your chances dramatically by following just a few rules:
- Always read the writer’s guidelines on the publication’s website before submitting. I included links to the flash fiction magazines featured on this page, but the information can change at any given time. Always check the website to determine when the magazine is open for submissions, the preferred method of submission, formatting guidelines, and other considerations.
- Take the time to read the publication before submitting your work. Pay attention to the type of fiction stories that the magazine publishes. You always want to write in your unique way, but you can often tell where your work may fit by carefully studying past issues of various magazines.
- Polish your work so that it’s your absolute best. Make sure that there are no glaring grammatical errors, typos, or misspellings. You want the editors reading your work to fall into the story, and those simple mistakes will catch their attention and ruin your delivery. If you have trouble catching your own mistakes, give your final draft to a trustworthy friend and ask for feedback.
Remember, rejections are a natural part of a creative writer’s lifestyle. If you don’t get into these flash fiction magazines right away, keep reading. Keep writing. Keep submitting. You will get better with time, and eventually, your stories may find a home.
Guess what!! Your flash fiction may do more for your writing career than get you published and earn you a bit of cash. You can write one-page fiction stories to jump start your creativity and keep the words flowing. Learn more about one-page fiction stories in this previous blog post.