Our 2017 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.
Note: 2017 issues whose submissions deadlines are past can be referenced on the 2017 Themes page. Only upcoming themes still open for submissions are listed below.
October: Holiday Cauldron
Featured Author: TBA
Submission Deadline: July 28, 2017
Sub-genres – Dark Humor, Good vs. Evil, Anti-Hero
We’re wreaking Havok this Halloween! All your favorite holidays, all jumbled up. Santa’s reindeer are zombies? Been there. The Easter Bunny served up on a Thanksgiving platter? Sure. Miracle on Elm Street? You bet.
Think Nightmare before Christmas and Rise of the Guardians and other mash-ups for this Halloween issue. We’re looking for stories that combine two or more holidays and splash in a bit of Halloween creepiness for a twisted celebration.
November: Picture Perfect
Featured Author: Jen Turano
Submission Deadline: August 25, 2017
Sub-genres – An Opera Encounter, First Dance at the Ballet, Museum Mystery Romance, The Painter and the Poet, Broadway Romeo
Art touches us. It speaks to the human spirit and inspires us to greater things. And what is greater than love? It’s easy to find the romance in the strength and agility of two dancers channeling Odette and Prince Siegfried or in the haunting melody of a violin solo.
In this issue of Splickety Love, we want fine art and the passion it evokes and stirs up. Show us love at the ballet, orchestra, symphony, art exhibit, and museum. Bring us characters who dance, paint, play, and create. Use the natural tension in a Broadway show, the excitement of a newly discovered Monet, and an opera’s passionate music to tell a story that leaves us breathless.
December: Wreck the Halls
Featured Author: DiAnn Mills
Submission Deadline: September 22, 2017
Sub-genres – Holiday catastrophe, heart-warming humor, Christmas abroad, non-traditional family, slapstick, nostalgia
Christmas is full of things like family and ugly sweaters and snowballs—all of which make great ingredients for a comedy. Make us laugh while telling a story that captures all the essence of Christmas. From travel delays to the kids’ holiday programs to weird Uncle Johnny’s pants ripping, create a memory that makes us smile.
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: