Submission Guidelines

FewerThan500 welcomes your submissions of unpublished, original fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, or photography. Note: As our banner and contents indicate, FewerThan500 focuses its literary collection on fiction, but we will occasionally publish exceptional poetry, essays and photography. All work that is chosen for publishing will include no more than 500 words.

We are dedicated to publishing the best work of a writer or photographer. Please limit submissions to no more than two per month. First drafts are intended for the trash can. Let your creativity flow and then edit for clarity and impact, and proofread for grammar, clarity and syntax. Once you’ve done the work of creating a fully developed, well-edited story, poem or photograph, e-mail your submissions to for consideration.  Send us your story in Microsoft Word, or Word compatible format (.txt or .rtf are accepted, no PDFs). All photographs should be sent in JPG format. Please include a short bio (50 words or less).

We look for strong, precise language and visuals that creates deep emotional impact. Don’t just tell or show us what happened; make us feel it. Show us what you can convey in short form!

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 general geographic location in the bio.

Some things to keep in mind:

Upon acceptance, your story or poem may be edited for grammar, punctuation or syntax without notification. We may also contact you to discuss revisions that we feel might make your submission stronger.

Your submissions are valuable to us. However, we do not pay nor receive compensation for your work.

You, the author and/or artist, are granting us the rights to:

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

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

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

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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