Submission Guidelines

Welcome to Flash Flood an international flash-fiction journal created by you and edited by a team of volunteer editors on behalf of National Flash Fiction Day.

The aim is simple: wherever you are in the world, we want your best flash fictions. The word limit is 500 words, but that's the only rule. Any subject, any genre, any style, any perspective, anything as long as it's flash.

The stories will be posted regularly throughout the day on National Flash Fiction Day, Saturday 15th June 2019, providing you with a constant diet of brand new flash fictions to fill your day.



Submissions for the 2020 Flash Flood will open in the spring of next year.  Stay tuned for the dates of our one-week submission window....


Previous submitters please note: the submission process has changed this year, so please read our guidelines carefully.

  • Please send up to three pieces to with ‘SUBMISSION: ‘ and the title or titles of your stories in the subject line.
  • Please send your piece as an attachment in any standard document format (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .odt, .rtf, etc.)
  • Please DO NOT include your name or any identifying information in the file name or within the file itself.
  • You may send up to three pieces.  Please send each piece in a separate document.
  • The word count is 500 words, excluding the title.  
  • You may send one piece at a time, but please do not send more than three pieces in total over the course of the 2019 submission period.
  • We will only publish one piece per author, so please do not send further work if you have already had a piece accepted for 2019.  (Authors published in previous years are welcome to submit to this year’s Flash Flood.)
  • Previously published stories may be submitted as long as you retain copyright and any period of exclusivity with the original publisher has lapsed.  (Please ensure that this is the case before submitting.)  If submitting previously published work, please include full details of the original publisher (including publication date, issue numbers, etc.) in your cover letter so that we can properly credit the original publisher if we accept your piece.  (Please don’t include it in the document with your piece.)
  • This year, we will be nominating pieces first published in Flash Flood for awards such as Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize and others.  
    • If your piece is previously unpublished and you would like us to consider it for an award nomination, please let us know in your cover letter, and confirm that the piece is unpublished.  
    • If your piece is previously unpublished and you would like us to consider it for an award nomination with a nationality or residency requirement, please let us know your nationality and/or in which country you are resident in your cover letter, and confirm that the piece is unpublished. 
  • This year, we have some spots reserved for unpublished authors.  If you haven't been published fiction online or in print, feel free to mention this in your cover e-mail.   (It's fine if you've published non-fiction or reviews.  It's also fine if you've self-published your own fiction on your website, blog or social media.)
  • Work published online counts as previously published where award nominations are concerned, unless it was published in a password-protected environment such as a private writers' forum.  If, however, the only place your work has been published is on your own blog, website or social media, we are still happy to consider you for one of our unpublished author slots.  If you have any doubts about your situation, feel free to email us at
  • Other than information about previous publications and eligibility for nominations, we don’t require any further information in your cover letter.  Editors will not see your name or cover letter when reading your work.
  • Pieces will be read anonymously, then authors contacted.  We aim to reply within 24 hours in most cases.  Feel free to query if you haven’t heard from us in 48 hours.  (Previous submitters, we may be slightly slower to reply this year due to our shiny new anonymisation process, but we still aim for a quick turn-around time.)
  • Please note: Because of the flood of entries we receive, the editors will be unable to provide feedback on stories or give reasons for rejections, but each piece will be read with respect and care. There are many reasons why we may pass on a piece besides than the quality of a story, so please don't be disheartened if your piece doesn't make it this time around.
  • Also note: this is a fast and furious project; we're processing comfortably over 100+ submissions a day.  Depending on our queue when you submit and when our editors take their shifts, we may turn around with a response -- positive or negative -- in a very short time.  Please be aware of this if you decide to submit, and don't take a quick rejection personally or as a sign that we haven't read your piece.  We read each story completely and value each submission, whether or not we are able to publish it.
A different editor will be reading submissions on each of the seven days of our submission window, but we're not publicising who is reading on which day.  You can read more about the 2019 editors here.
Thank you for sending us your words. We can't wait to read your work!

The Small Print:

Copyright remains with you, the author, at all times, as does responsibility for your story’s contents.   If accepted, you are free to republish any story anywhere else in any form at any time. All we would ask is that you credit Flash Flood as the first publisher if your work subsequently finds a home elsewhere. 

All stories will be published on National Flash Fiction Day, 15 June 2019, but Flash Flood will remain live thereafter.  Should you wish us to remove it, or wish anything to be changed after the day of publication, please email with your request and we will be happy to comply.

We reserve the right to correct very obvious typos (misspelled words, obvious typos, etc.). We will not make any changes that would affect content, meaning or interpretation.

The personal information we collect (name, email address, publication status, and optionally nationality and country of residency) will only be used for the purpose of contacting authors about the status of their publications, publishing the stories selected for Flash Flood, and making award nominations.

We are unable to pay for stories. This is a purely volunteer-run celebration of flash fiction, and we make no money from this journal.  We hope you will consider celebrating with us, but if you require payment, we completely understand and wish you the very best in placing your work with a paying market instead.

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