Splickety Magazine fills gaps in the modern reader’s day with concise, poignant fiction under 1,000 words. We want stories that hit fast and strike hard––stories that, no matter the genre, can cut through the day’s troubles and grip readers with short attention spans.
We primarily accept original, unpublished work by freelance writers, but we will also entertain submissions from artists, graphic designers, and photographers.
We retain the rights to your story for six months from publication date and reserve the right to reprint the same issue in which your story appears in perpetuity, but after that six month period ends you have full rights to your story again. We pay a small stipend, depending on the length of your piece.
Your well-edited story should be between 500 and 1000 words long, but we will also entertain microfiction––works shorter than 500 words––if the story is especially gripping.
We do not publish:
- Previously published flash fiction
- Scenes/excerpts from novels
- Synopses of novels
- Stories over 1,000 words
- A “slimmed-down” version of a short story you’ve had published, etc. (However, we will consider publishing “deleted” scenes from novels that are already published, depending on the quality of the writing and whether the submission fits our needs.)
- Excessive violence, profanity, or erotica in any form. Splickety publishes from an open-minded Christian worldview, but we do have our limits.
- Likewise, we don’t want anything that is overtly Christian, or “preachy.” We also get a fair amount of Christian allegory-type submissions, so be creative and make sure you’re sending us something unique.
We strongly suggest you familiarize yourself with flash fiction before you attempt your own story. The best resource we’ve found is The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction.
Please have a second set (or several sets) of critical eyes read your submission before you send it to us. Have your critique partner/group do a read-through and THEN send it to us once you’ve polished your story.
Remember––every minute you spend critiquing your own work is another minute we don’t have to. We especially recommend that you download (for free) and read our fourth issue of Splickety Magazine so you can get a feel for how a well-written flash fiction story should flow, regardless of the genre. This issue contains an article by bestselling author Susan May Warren on the step-by-step process she used to write her featured story, The Handoff.
Submit your story in a Microsoft Word document. Format the document following these specifications:
- Double spaced
- Indented to 0.5″ using the ruler (not a tab or five spaces)
- Size 12 black Times New Roman font
In the upper left hand corner of the document, include:
- Your name as you would like it to appear in print
- Your contact information (phone number, email address, and mailing address)
- The title of your story
- The word count
Send your story to us as an email attachment. DO NOT send your story in the body of the email. Name your file using this format: <your last name> – <story title>. example: Winch-My Amazing Story
Please attach to your email a high-resolution headshot (at least 300 dpi) as a .jpg or .tif file. Your headshot should be high-quality and professional—no “selfies,” sunglasses, props, or excessive shadows. Branding is great, but your audience needs to see who you are. Exceptions to our headshot policy will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Submissions that do not include headshots, if published, will be accompanied by our lightning bolt image in place of the author’s image.
Please also attach any related artwork or photo(s). They should also be high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) .jpg or .png files. You must own the rights to all images you send to us, including those of your headshots.
You may also attach any related Bible verses and/or quotes, if applicable.
For your submission email, please use the following format for the subject: SUBMISSION-<your last name>-<story title>. Example: SUBMISSION-Winch-My Amazing Story
Include in the body of the email:
- Your first and last names (NOTE: If you use a pen name, we need both your real name and your pen name, please)
- The file names of the attached documents
- A 30-40 word author bio
For multiple submissions, please send separate emails. Send your story to email@example.com.
Please see our story Submission Deadline page for upcoming issue deadlines.
Before you submit
Double check to make sure you’re fulfilling all guidelines. If you don’t, we won’t read your story until you resend it in the prescribed format.
We only accept email submissions unless special arrangements have been made.
Should we select one of your works for publication, we will notify you via email. If you don’t hear from us within 6-8 weeks, feel free to follow up on your submission. Typical lead time for an issue is about 4 months, so if you’re shooting for our December issue, for example, please have your story to us no later than August 1st.
We retain the right to edit written submissions for grammar, brevity, and clarity of language. We will send you suggested changes prior to publication.
Thank you for your interest in our publications. Please contact us with any questions or submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Editor of Splickety Magazine