* Flash Fiction,
* ...and especially stories that blur the line between the two!
Submit as much and as often as you like! :)
Don't make the common mistakes that often lead to rejection!
Read this short comic: "How to Piss Off a Magazine Editor"
To me, and those of us here at Weirdyear, Flash Fiction is as much an art form as epic poetry, novels, or anything else of serious length– except in that it is much more precise. To be Flash Fiction is to be a story, complete or abstract, told briefly and completely– but only as far as the author feels it is meant to go. We’re looking for art here, progressive material that stretches the boundaries of fiction. Sometimes it is what is left unsaid that is the most powerful.
We’re looking for stories no longer than 1000 words and ideally in the 500-800 word range. We’re honestly open to just about everything, regardless of format or genre, (as long as its not brimming with sex and/or ultraviolence. Send those stories to Razor Dildo[NSFW] instead) though we do favor the weird, horror, and slipstream over just about anything else. Just take a look at some of the pieces that have made the front page. If you need more ideas, read They're Made Out of Meat and The Kirefax Document. (Think H.P. Lovecraft, Brian Evenson, Daniel Grandbois, Rikki Ducornet, Borges, etc.
Other things we like: UFO stories, supernatural horror, dark cyberpunk, dark cross-genre fiction, conspiracy stories, gritty stories, things that go bump in the night, forgotten histories, mythos, Lovecraftian fiction, mixed media etc.
When submitting, please submit your story in the body of an email. Follow this basic format:
Your Story Title
Your website (if you have one)
Story’s word count
Would you like to enter this story for consideration in our sister sites:
- Leaves of Ink (www.leaves-of-ink.com)
- Farther Stars Than These (www.fartherstars.com)
- Yesteryear Fiction (www.yesteryearfiction.com)
- Smashed Cat Magazine (www.smashedcat.com)
- Linguistic Erosion (www.linguisticerosion.com)
- Thunderune Publishing's Stormcloud Poets Anthology: (http://www.thunderune.com/2013/09/stormcloud-poets-submission.html)
Then type a little about you, a biography no longer than three lines.
Now insert your story here.
Proofread, then send to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Make sure to add this email address to your "whitelist" and check your spam folder in case our response ends up there.)
NOTE: Corrections and changes to the story made after its acceptance will not be taken. Please make sure the story you send is the story you want to see on the site. Stories accepted by Weirdyear will stay on the site for as long as the site exists. Stories accepted by Weirdyear will not be pulled from the site for any reason.
Here’s the legal stuff: When your story gets accepted, you are giving Weirdyear first electronic publication rights and non-exclusive subsequent publication rights. This means that we get to be the first to publish your story, and then, after it has been put up on the website, we can stick it in a printed book or on a flyer or something like that, as long as we give you credit. We don’t own your story, however– after it appears on the front page of Weirdyear, you are free to sell it for millions of dollars, cut a deal with a movie producer, expand it into a book or anything else all without needing our approval– as long as you remember to tell any potential buyers that they are buying your story as a non-exclusive piece.
In order to avoid complications, we're only accepting work which you previously haven't sold or given away the rights to. That means your work must not have been published elsewhere, either in print or on the web. Please avoid simultaneous submissions. Once accepted, stories will not be removed from the site or the schedule.
We will let you know whether your story is accepted within 3-6 months of submission, (Doutrope says more like 1-2 days) depending on workload. If you haven't heard from Weirdyear in that time, feel free to send us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Sometimes things get caught in our spam filters. It really is nothing personal. :)
In the meantime, spread the word!
Again, by submitting your story to Weirdyear, you acknowledge that if your story is accepted, you are giving the Weirdyear team:
A. The non-exclusive right to be the first to electronically publish the story (on http://www.weirdyear.com;)
B. The right to republish the story in or in connection with Weirdyear, including electronic or hard copy promotional material and printed compilations, provided that authorial credit is given in every instance of reproduction.
Credit (your name, your website if you have one, and your short bio) and publication! Whether this is your jumping off point as a writer or a way to get another piece on your resume, Weirdyear offers you a voice, a chance to get your work out there in the hands of readers and be seen!