Submit Flash Fiction 

Fortnightly on Fridays, the Margins will begin publishing flash fiction by emerging and established Asian, Asian American, and Asian diasporic writers. 

Some of the most fascinating, and perhaps strangest and most experimental writing exists in short, finished pieces that were never meant to be novels or full-length stories. Our hope is for the flash fiction we publish to be shared, perhaps read aloud, where flickers of campfire match the ferocity of the page.

We will be accepting submissions for our Flash Fiction series through November 30, 2020. 

We’re looking for flash fiction that:

  • announces itself urgently
  • luxuriates in capaciousness and compression
  • challenges convention and subverts forms 
  • is not afraid to be humorous, dirty, irreverent, and obscene
  • responds to current events and issues or speaks to history


  • Each flash piece must be between 500 and 1,000 words in length. 
  • Multiple pieces may be submitted in the same document; but please send us no more than three pieces to consider at a time.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions (when you send the same piece to us and other publications), but please notify us immediately when a piece has been accepted elsewhere. 
  • While the reading period is open, notification can be up to 90 days. If you have not heard back after three months, feel free to contact the editor.

This introductory essay by The Margins' Flash Fiction editor Swati Khurana offers inspirations and aspirations for this flash Fiction series.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.