“Flash fiction is, in my opinion, the next frontier in writing. With the world moving along at a breakneck pace, fewer and fewer people have time to read longer works, which some would argue is leading to a decrease in overall reading. Not true. People read more now than they ever have before: the internet is made for reading. It was this belief that prompted the creation of 365tomorrows: to make fiction for the internet generation.” – The Editor, 365tomorrows.
Definitions of flash-fiction vary depending on who you ask, and at 365, we've been a little loose with the term. However, it's time to set some standards in stone: here, flash fiction is a self-contained story under 600 words. (Which means stories that rely on, or are prequels/sequels to, a previously published story are not acceptable.) We like science fiction in all its incarnations, from hard sci-fi to cyberpunk and beyond.
Legal breakdown: When your story is accepted, you're giving us first electronic publication rights and non-exclusive subsequent publication rights. This means that we get to be the first to publish your story, and then, after it's been put up on the website, we can stick it in a printed book or on a flyer or something of the sort, as long as we give you credit. We don't, however, own your story. After it goes up, you are free to sell it for millions of dollars or cut a movie deal without needing our approval, as long as the people who buy it know that they're buying it non-exclusively.
In order to avoid complications, we're only accepting work which you previously haven't sold or given away the rights to. That means your work must not have been published elsewhere, either in print or on the web.
While flash fiction may be read in a few minutes, don't delude yourself into thinking they can be written so quickly. Your stories should be reviewed and edited many times before you consider submitting them. Please, take another look at your story before submitting it. There's nothing more frustrating than having to reject a great story due to careless editing.
Due to the sheer quantity of stories we receive, you are restricted to a maximum of six submissions. Then, when one is published or rejected, you can submit another. And so on. Also, please keep track of your submissions. Duplicate submissions waste a lot of our time.
We will let you know whether your story is accepted within 4 to 6 weeks. submissions [at] 365tomorrows.com
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