submission guidelines / FAQ

What are we looking for?
What are we NOT looking for?
What is our policy on revising and resubmitting?
What is our submission and publication schedule?
How do you submit?
Will we pay you?
How will your work be published?
How and when should you query?
What rights will we be purchasing?
Do we accept simultaneous submissions?
Do we accept multiple submissions?
Do we accept previously published work?
Do we publish creative non-fiction?

For more information about what we want and expect, see our editor’s interviews with Jim Harrington at Six Questions For… and on Duotrope (visible to non-members). Also, take a look at 5 Tips for Writing Twist Endings at Flash Fiction Chronicles.


What are we looking for?

First and foremost, we want a story. A complete, interesting story. We do not publish vignettes or character sketches. We publish flash fiction, pure and simple. All genres, no content restrictions. We want your science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, drama, literary works, satire, or anything else you can come up with or mix together. The only rule? A story in 1000 words or less. The more original, the better.

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. It’s also not a character sketch; something must happen to move the plot or characters along, whether internally or externally.

Give us something real (though not necessarily realistic), unique, and interesting.

The best way to find out what we’re looking for is to read what we’ve already published! Check out our current volume, free to read at https://freezeframefiction.com/.

What are we NOT looking for?

We are 100% okay with explicit content, so long as it serves a purpose to the story and/or characters. Profanity for the sake of profanity—or the same thing for sex, violence, or gore—does not impress us. Also, animal cruelty. Please just send that somewhere else.

We are not at all interested in publishing fan-fiction, i.e., stories based in worlds or using characters created by other authors.

The following things might be accepted, but will be a very hard sell:
– stories involving vampires, zombies, or werecreatures
– pure romance with no other significant elements
– the now-ubiquitous young adult paranormal romance

What is our policy on revising and resubmitting?

In general, if we want you to revise and resubmit the same piece, we will tell you so when we decline your story. That said, if you’ve made significant changes to the piece, per our comments in the rejection note, feel free to give it a go. If the piece is similar to its original form, please do not re-submit it to us. If you like the story how it is and are hesitant to change it, that’s a good sign we’re probably not the right fit for that particular flash. That doesn’t mean we’re not a good fit for you, though. Try sending us something else instead.

What is our submission and publication schedule?

We publish online quarterly. Pieces will stay up for three months, and then be published in an ebook. Each year will end with an annual print anthology. Schedule subject to change.

Repeats annually:

Submissions Online Publication ebook Publication
Q(1+n): 1 April–15 June 1 July 1 October
Q(2+n): 1 July–15 September 1 October 1 January
Q(3+n): 1 October–15 December 1 January 1 April
Q(4+n): 1 January–15 March 1 April 1 July
Y(1+n): Print Anthology N/A TBA

where n = yr – 1 and yr = the year – 2013.

Themed volumes will be released every sixth months (staff-, time-, and funds-willing), and will be included in the print volume based on publication date.

Submissions Theme Publication
V1: 1 September–15 December (’14) Experimental-form 15 February (’15)
V2: 15 February–15 June (’15) Young adult (YA) 15 August (’15)
V3: TBA 2017 Experimental-form TBA

How do you submit?

We use Submittable to manage electronic submissions. We do not accept email submissions.

Our formatting guidelines are very simple: double-space, use Courier New (preferred) or Times New Roman (okay) size 12, and remove your name and contact info from both the file name and its contents.

Again, please remove your name from your manuscript; it is being assigned to readers, and we keep that process blind.

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Will we pay you?

Yes, $10 per accepted piece.

How will your work be published?

All work will be published initially online, free to read. After three months, work will be published in an ebook to make room for next quarter’s flash fiction. We are currently working on an print anthology for our first year, and hope to continue that annually.

How and when should you query?

Expected response time will be updated on an on-going basis. As publication occurs three months after submission windows open, we don’t expect this to be a big issue. Please feel free to email submissions@freezeframefiction.com with the subject “Query” if you have any questions about a submitted work. Before emailing, please be sure to check the status of your submission on Submittable.

We are currently at about a one- to two-month response time, for reference.

What rights will we be purchasing?

For unpublished works, we are purchasing worldwide First Publication rights in multiple electronic formats, exclusive for one year from first publication, non-exclusive for three years. After that, all rights revert back to the writer.

Further rights for potential annual anthology will be negotiated upon offer of print publication.

For reprints (solicited only), rights will be negotiated upon solicitation and acceptance.

Do we accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes, we just ask that you inform us of this fact upon submission, and withdraw your piece immediately if it’s accepted elsewhere.

Do we accept multiple submissions?

No, not at this time. Please wait for your piece to be accepted or declined before submitting further work. Also, only include one flash piece per submission.

Do we accept previously published work?

No, unless solicited. ‘Previously published’ also includes anything that has been publicly available online (such as on an open writing website or forum, or a personal blog).

Do we publish creative non-fiction?

The best way to answer this question is: if the piece reads like CNF, we probably will not publish it. If you tell us a well-written, interesting story that just happens to be true, you’ve got a good shot.


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