I’ve submitted stories to many publishers over the years, so I thought it might be fun to spend Fridays taking a look at a few of them in greater detail.
- In their own words: “Good flash fiction is like a freeze frame—a snapshot of a real story about real characters. The word count is low, so many of the details are left to the reader to fill in, but they’re there. Flash fiction is not the same as a vignette, or a scene; it hints at much more. Give us something real (though not necessarily realistic), unique, and interesting.”
- Genres they accept: Any
- Word count limit: 1,000 words
- Payment: $10 per accepted piece
- Simultaneous Submissions*: “Yes, we just ask that you inform us of this fact upon submission, and withdraw your piece immediately it’s if accepted elsewhere.”
- Multiple Submissions**: No
- Schedule: Open quarterly. Next issue closes March 15, 2016. Submissions accepted through Submittable. The rate of return is estimated at one – two months, but Submittable will let you track their progress on you story online.
- Personalized Feedback: Yes!
Feedback is the key with Freeze Frame Fiction. I submitted one of my works to them and received excellent, detailed feedback from four different editors. That is extremely rare – most publications will send your story home with little but a “Thanks but no thanks” or charge a reading fee in order to give you notes.
*This means whether they will allow you to submit this story to another publisher at the same time or not.
**This means whether you can send them more than one story at at time.
Reminders when submitting:
Read the publication: Flash is short and their stories are freely accessible on the site. You have no excuse not to do your research and see what kind of style gets their attention. It will also give you an idea of what’s been done before so you don’t end up sending them something too similar to a recently published story.
Read the guidelines: I don’t post everything required for their submissions, just the basics. Furthermore, this is a static post. Publishers change their submission requirements at will so it’s always a good idea to read and re-read them, even if you’ve submitted to them before.
Follow the rules: Do I really need to say this? Don’t send pieces over the word count. Don’t send content they specifically warn against. Don’t send weirdly formatted manuscripts if they give you specific instructions. “But Liz, I–” Nope! No, no, no. If you do not follow the rules you risk being a pariah to that magazine – and worse, editors can exchange notes on who’s being a pain.