Our 2018 themes are here! Check out the list of themes and their descriptions below and send us your best flash fiction for publication. Submission deadlines are also below, and please be sure to follow our submission guidelines when sending us your flash fiction.
August: The “Aww” Factor
Featured Author: TBA
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018
Sub-genres – Cute and cuddly, adorable pint-size matchmakers, Sweet Romance
Actors often say they won’t work with animals or kids because they steal the show, but for this issue we want them. Write us a story where a single parent meets his daughter’s science teacher and there’s chemistry or maybe a vet falls for a police officer who brings in his K9. Think sweet and charming stories that make us go “aww!”
CONTEST ISSUE (special submission process)
Featured Author: K.M. Hodge
Submission Deadline: June 29, 2018
Sub-genres – Coming of age, life lessons, pranks
It’s senior year! Welcome back to the halls of learning, a hot bed of future hopes, ambitious dreams, and cruel disillusionment. We want to read about pranks gone wrong, fiascos at prom, college applications, and the bittersweet pain of leaving childhood behind. It’s almost graduation—but reaching that diploma means making it through
one… last… year.
October: Skeletons, Slashers, and Succubi
Featured Author: TBA
Submission Deadline: July 27, 2018
Sub-genres – Horror, suspense, supernatural
We’re going back to the basics of classic Halloween horror stories. Monsters, witches, creepy crawlies, things that go bump in the night, and all things terrifying are what we’re seeking in this issue. Make our skin crawl with undead delight!
November: Lab Coats and Love Letters
Featured Author: Lynn Blackburn
Submission Deadline: August 24, 2018
Sub-genres – A Twist of Fate, Medical Suspense, Medical Mystery
Doctors, nurses, EMTs, and surgeons are busy, but hopefully not too busy for love. Send us your stories featuring broken bones, mishaps, and long nightshifts. As long as there is a happily ever after, we want to see them. Maybe a firefighter on vacation helps a woman who has sprained her ankle or medical students find romance while pouring over textbooks. Give us great settings, action, and a little bit of TLC to get our hearts racing.
December: Christmas Abroad
Featured Author: Merrie Destefano
Submission Deadline: September 21, 2018
Sub-genres – Travel mishaps, holiday cheer, cultural traditions
It’s any place but home for the holidays. Give us young adult stories that embrace the holiday spirit in faraway lands. What does Christmas look like in high summer when the family goes to visit their grandfather in Australia? Can an army brat find the Christmas spirit on her third overseas base in three years? What happens when an exchange student in Ecuador finds romance under the mistletoe? We want to see compelling characters, evocative settings, and a hearty dose of Christmas magic.
Check out our past issues and themes
One of the best ways to make sure your story fits the sort of fiction we publish is to review our past issues. We offer one digital issue free for this purpose, and you may also want to browse themes from past issues: