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Fortnightly on Fridays, The Margins publishes 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 and perhaps read aloud, where flickers of a campfire match the ferocity of the page.

We will accept new submissions for our Flash Fiction series from October 1, 2021, to December 5, 2021.  We plan to notify writers by February 1, 2022.

We’re looking for:

  • Fiction that announces itself in a compressed and urgent form
  • Short fiction that luxuriates in capaciousness and challenges convention
  • Auto-fiction, a collection of prose poems, any writing that subverts what “flash fiction” means
  • Writing that is not afraid to be humorous, erotic, irreverent, and obscene
  • Work that responds to current events and issues or speaks to history

Here are some Dos and Don’ts for your submissions:

  • DO submit flash fiction between 500 and 1,000 words in length.
  • DO send us your best work. As we often think of flash as the length of a campfire story, we recommend reading your draft aloud to listen to the language as you revise your submission.
  • DO title your submission with the title(s) of your stories separated by semicolons.
  • DO notify us immediately when a piece has been accepted elsewhere. If you withdraw your submission via Submittable, we will assume that every piece in the document is withdrawn. If you need to withdraw one piece and leave the others, please send an email letting us know what is withdrawn and what is available for consideration.
  • DO send a message with an update if you make an error in your submission document, And then, withdraw your submission and re-submit, according to the guidelines. If you have questions, please let us know.
  • DON’T submit more than three pieces in the same document and the same submission.
  • DON’T send us work that has been published elsewhere.
  • DON’T submit more than once in a reading period.
  • DON’T submit if we have already published your work in the Flash Fiction series. If you have been published elsewhere in The Margins, we’d love to consider your work. If you have never been published in The Margins, we’d love to consider your work.

Authors whose flash is accepted for publication will receive a writer fee of $120.

We invite you to read an essay by the series editor and works from the series (here and here) to have an idea of what we’ve published so far. We’re also looking to be surprised. We can’t wait to read your flash!

Swati Khurana, Editor

Yi Wei, Assistant Editor

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.