Submission Guidelines

The editors of FewerThan500 welcome your submissions of unpublished, original fiction or creative non-fiction. Note: FewerThan500 focuses its literary collection on flash fiction, but we well occasionally publish exceptional creative non-fiction stories that we really, really like.

First, and this is probably obvious, stories from 1-500 words are accepted. If we get a story over 500 words, we’ll send it back and ask you to shorten it.

We are dedicated to publishing an author’s best work. First drafts are intended for the trash can. Let your creativity flow and then edit for clarity and impact, and proofread for grammar and syntax. Once you’ve done the work of creating a fully developed, well-edited story, e-mail your submissions to stories@fewerthan500.com for consideration.  Send us your story in Microsoft Word, or Word compatible format (.txt or .rtf are fine, please not PDF). Please include a short bio (50 words or less).

We look for strong, precise language that creates a story with deep emotional impact. Don’t just tell us what happened; make us feel it. Show us what you can do in this short form! FewerThan500 has five editors. To improve your chances of being published here, read what each editor is looking for in a story!

Include your name, e-mail address, and a short bio (50 words or less). Pen names are acceptable, but bios should not be fictional. Please include your location in the bio – we don’t need your address, but town, region (Pacific Northwest – US), country – something would be appreciated. If you have any books available online, please include links to them. If you include a document as an attachment, please put your name on the document.

Some things to keep in mind:

Being editors, upon acceptance, we may also edit your story (for grammar, punctuation or syntax) without notification. We may also contact you to discuss revisions that we feel might make your story stronger.

Your submissions are valuable to us. However, we are not currently able to pay for published stories.

You, the author, are granting us the rights to:

  • Publish the story on FewerThan500, non-exclusively, forever.
  • Include the story in an ebook anthology – non-exclusively, forever.

Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please let us know immediately if your story is accepted anywhere else.

We encourage you to include original digital images (JPG or PNG) if they would enhance your written work.

Plagiarism and libel are clearly unacceptable and FewerThan500.com assumes no liability for such. If plagiarism is discovered, your work will be removed and you will be banned from FewerThan500.com.

Fewerthan500 caters to an adult audience. Children’s stories are not likely to be accepted. While adult themes are certainly acceptable, we will discard submissions that include graphic violence, graphic sex, or blatantly hate-filled writing.

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