Submission Guidelines


These are the guidelines we will use to judge your work.
Ignore them at your peril!

About flashquake

flashquake is an independent, quarterly, web-based publication that focuses on works of flash fiction, flash nonfiction (memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction, humor), flash plays and short poetry.

We aim to make flashquake a top quality paying venue for literary writers, and we award stipends to three contributors in each category. We reserve the right to withhold some or all of the stipends to be awarded in each category if our editorial board doesn't feel that any of the work submitted in a particular category merits award.

flashquake defines "flash" as fiction and nonfiction of less than 1000 words in length. However, we admire brevity and will receive shorter works favorably. For poetry, our maximum limit is 35 lines per poem. We have no specific guidelines for prose poetry; it must be under our 1000 word limit.

We accept submissions in each of five categories:

We're open to any type of writing within those categories, and specifically, we're looking for original work with fresh ideas and strong, clean, concise writing. We want to see pieces that readers will think about after they've finished reading them.

flashquake seeks the following permissions from our authors:

  • Permission to include your work in the issue of flashquake for which it was submitted
  • Permission to include your work in our online archives after publication
  • Permission to include your work in the CD version of flashquake which is awarded to contributors

River Road Studios is the parent company of flashquake.org retains the copyright on the publication as a whole (name, design, configuration, etc.). Individual artists retain the rights to his or her own work.


Spring Issue - to be published March 1, 2002

  • Submissions accepted December 1, 2001 to February 10, 2002
  • Contributor Notification Deadline - February 22, 2002

Summer Issue - to be published June 1, 2002

  • Submissions accepted March 1 to May 10, 2002
  • Contributor Notification Deadline - May 24, 2002

Fall Issue - to be published September 1, 2002

  • Submissions accepted June 1 to August 16, 2002
  • Contributor Notification Deadline - August 23, 2002

Winter Issue - to be published December 1, 2002

  • Submissions accepted September 1 to November 15, 2002
  • Contributor Notification Deadline - November 22, 2002

Any submission received after a deadline has passed will be held for the next reading period.


PROOF YOUR WORK THOROUGHLY! Typographical and grammatical errors distract the reader. Such errors may disqualify your submission, and will certainly make a less than favorable impression on our editors.

We do accept simulataneous submissions. Please be sure to tell us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept multiple submissions. Submissions are restricted to one piece of work per author/artist in any single category per reading period.


If you are new to electronic submissions, please read our Notes on Preparing Your Work.

Make sure that you include the following information in your submission:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail address
  • Title of your work
  • The category in which you are submitting
  • A short biography
  • Whether the piece has been previously published and if so, where

Paste your submission into a PLAIN TEXT e-mail message addressed to submit@flashquake.org. We will not open documents attached to e-mail!

Label your message with the category in which your submitting and the title of your work (e.g., Fiction Submission: My Story Title).

Be sure to use a standard font. Separate your paragraphs with a blank line.

Check and double-check your message before hitting the Send key.


Include the same information as above in a cover sheet.

Prepare your manuscript double-spaced in a standard font (e.g. Courier). Your manuscript will be scanned, converted into electronic text, and sent to our editors. We will not be responsible for typographical errors resulting from the conversion process.

Mail your manuscript to:

ATTN: (Fiction, Nonfiction, Play, Poetry, Artwork) Editor
P.O. Box 2154
Albany NY 12220-0154

Be sure to include an SASE if you don't have an e-mail address and want a reply about the disposition of your work.


Writers submitting work for publication will be notified via e-mail about the status of their submissions within one week of the publication date, or sooner if possible. Reviewers' comments about the work will be forwarded along with the notification. If you are submitting via land mail and have enclosed an SASE, you will be notified via return mail.


Submissions in each writing category will be judged by our editors, whose decisions are final. Payments of $25, $10 and $5 will be made upon acceptance. If enough submissions of exceptional quality are received, we may also elect to publish up to three pieces in each category which merit honorable mention. All authors and artists whose work is accepted for publication will receive a CD version of the issue in which their work was published.


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