Starting in June, Necessary Fiction will publish weekly flash fiction summer reading, and we're looking for your best work of flash fiction in 700 words or less. 

We want flash fiction that surprises and engages us; that's powerful and dynamic; that's unexpected and humorous; and that dazzles us with language and emotional resonance. Pieces should be more than a punchline or joke, and submissions that trade on body part humor are unlikely to be accepted. 

We'll publish at least one piece of flash each Wednesday; maybe more, if there are a number of submissions too good to turn down. We're especially interested in reading flash written by women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community, though your submission does not necessarily have to include themes or characters representing these communities. 

One submission per person. Multiple submissions will go unread. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please note in your cover letter. If you have a current submission in our queue, we ask that you either wait until you hear a reply before submitting to this call, or withdraw it prior to submitting.

Here are recent flash pieces we've published:

Elise Blackwell "Glass House" (~160 words)

Alina Stefanescu, "Clutchings" (~430 words)

Pablo Pinero Stillman, "Ancient Cities" (~560 words)

Blas Ulibarri, "Glass, You Know What I Mean" (~690 words)


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