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General Submissions

F(r)iction is open for submissions year-round. We accept short fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 7,500 words), poetry (up to three pages per poem), and graphic stories or comics written in English from writers located anywhere in the world.

At F(r)iction, we pride ourselves on publishing the best writing regardless of genre, style, or origin. This means that we accept work of all kinds, including genre writing and experimental literature. We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question our traditions and tastes. We seek that feeling of being stunned, that gut-punch that inevitably follows an incredible piece of writing. If your work takes risks, then we want to read it.

Payment Policy:

  • $10 per final printed page
  • Free contributor’s copy of the publication

Literary Contests

Since 2012, TBL has hosted literary contests for short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. We have continued that tradition with F(r)iction and added a creative nonfiction category!

The current contest deadline is December 15 at midnight PST.  These are our current categories for submissions as well as the winners’ prize pots:

Short Story: $1000
Flash Fiction: $300
Poetry: $300
Creative Nonfiction: $500

Guest judges will determine the winner for each category. Our editorial team selects five to seven finalists in addition to the winner. Finalists may also be published in F(r)iction. Contests are held three times a year.

Need more information? Check out our contest page for guidelines and judge information.We accept submissions from writers located anywhere in the world, as long as the submission is in English.

Formatting Guidelines

We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please help us by including your name and contact information in your cover letter only and removing any identifying information on the submitted manuscript itself.

Please read our Formatting Guidelines to ensure that your work is submitted correctly.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Author Rights

F(r)iction retains first publishing rights on works published in print or online. Publishing rights revert to the author upon publication. If your work has been accepted for publication in an anthology after being published in F(r)iction, we simply ask that you credit F(r)iction as the original publisher.

We do our best to nominate many of our writers for awards, prizes, and other honors. Before we submit our writers’ work to any organization or publication, we ask their permission to do so.