NANO Fiction is a bi-annual publication with issues appearing in the spring and fall. We publish flash fiction of 300 words or fewer.

Please use the links below for all submissions. Queries and other correspondence may be sent to the Managing Editor at 

NANO Fiction's General Submissions closed on October 1 and will re-open on February 1st. Tip-Jar submissions will remain open through the holidays and new year. 

Adhere to the guidelines above except you may paste up to five pieces in the submission box.

This tip jar is one small way in which writers can help support the magazine's continued operation and publication. It's entirely optional and doesn't entitle you to any special treatment, and we won't think any less of your submission if you choose to submit for free instead. 

Thank you for your support! 

Issue 10.1 marks NANO Fiction‘s tenth anniversary, and we’re thinking a lot about milestones and transitions. Although we will read work on any topic, we’d particularly love to see work that explores these things broadly. What happens when you reach a significant milestone? What challenges and joys await people or systems undergoing a kind of transition? What surprises emerge as things reach an anniversary or come to an end? How have different characters commemorated anniversaries or accomplishments, and how have those commemorations unfolded in unexpected ways? What happens after the big milestone? We’re thinking about cyclical events, rites of passage, death, rebirth, return. Send us your work on transitions, on endings, on anniversaries or apocalypse. 

Regardless of subject matter, we are looking for work that experiments with form while still balancing narrative. We are interested in stories we haven’t read before, stories we think we are tired of reading–but are told in such in a new way that we gain fresh insights, writing remain attentive to language and lyricism without abandoning story, and work that surprise us–but not by using a trick ending. We also are looking for writing that takes unexpected perspectives on commonly-seen stories.

You may submit up to five pieces at a time but we ask that each submission be made separately. Please do not submit all five pieces in one submission unless the items are to be read as a project.

If you've been published in our journal previously, we ask that you wait for 4 issues (two years) before resubmitting.
Works in a language other than English will only be considered in conjunction with the English translation.
Simultaneous submissions are ok. Pieces may be selected for either web, print, or both.
Print Rights: We require exclusive print rights to all accepted work(s) for three (3) months after publication and non-exclusive print rights indefinitely for potential anthologies and promotional materials.

Electronic Rights: We require exclusive electronic rights to all accepted work(s) for three (3) months after publication and non-exclusive rights indefinitely so we may include it in our online archives and ebooks.

We're looking to continue our State of Flash series with short essays talking about flash fiction in and out of the classroom. Do you have thoughts about flash fiction being published today? Which stories or authors have moved you or worked particularly well to generate classroom discussions? Which stories have inspired students? Which stories have inspired you? How has flash fiction changed the way you or your students view writing or the writing process? Please send essays of no more than 1000 words to Kirby Johnson and Sophie Rosenblum.