1. Decide to Submit to the Blog or an Imprint

There are a few key differences for blog submission versus imprint.

First, choose the right imprint. Havok = speculative fiction, Love = romance, and Prime = everything else. The imprints have space restrictions and you must stay on theme, but you do receive a small payment in exchange for limited rights to your story.

The blog has more flexibility in regards to theme, although we prefer to match the imprints. We promote your work, as well as links to your site, social media, and any books or works that you’ve already published.

2. Follow Submission Guidelines

This is where most people lose out on publication. The submission guidelines for both the blog and the imprints are listed on the website, and while they are similar, they aren’t the same.

The quickest way to have your story end up at the bottom of the slush pile–or get rejected immediately–is to disregard submission instructions.

The quickest way to have your story end up at the bottom of the slush pile–or get rejected immediately–is to disregard submission instructions.

3. Write an Awesome Piece of Flash Fiction

Whether you have a piece already written or are inspired by one of the month’s themes, we’re looking for amazing stories under 1,000 words.

We also have space for microfiction (story under 300 words) and nanofiction (under 100 words).

The tighter you can get your story, the better. For example: “the leg of the chair” can beautifully be shortened to “the chair’s leg.”

For tips on writing great flash fiction, check out this Q&A with Splickety’s Executive Editor, Ben Wolf.

4. Edit. Edit. Edit.

Do not send us your first or second draft. Maybe not even your third. The less editing we have to do, the more likely your story will get published. Many 900-word stories can be tightened to 700 words—and we tend to choose more stories in this range.

One easy edit is backstory. Unless it propels the storyline, backstory is not critical to flash fiction. The same goes for physical description of the characters.

5. Submit and Wait.

We are so excited to read your story. Publication takes time, so be patient with the process. You will hear from us either way. While it is perfectly appropriate to send a follow-up email after a couple of weeks, constantly asking about the status of your story will not push it to the top of list.

Meet Bethany Jett

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