We are not accepting submissions at this time.

The Absurdist is looking for flash fiction as peculiar as it is engaging. Stories may be humorous, unsettling, hallucinatory or thoughtful, or just a little off-center. We really just want something weird.

Check out other stories to get a sense of what fits, and review the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

Stories may range in length from 750 to 1,250 words, roughly.

We accept one or two stories at a time, sent in a single email (in .doc, .docx, or google doc files, or pasted in the body—no PDFs). Please wait to hear about your first submission before submitting again. Simultaneous submissions are okay, assuming we are notified promptly if a story is accepted elsewhere. Previously unpublished work only.

To be considered, include the following with your submission:

  1. Author name as you wish to see it published
  2. Story title(s)
  3. City, state/country of residence
  4. Brief, two- to three-sentence author bio in third-person (to be published with your story)
  5. Social media handles for promotional purposes (not required but encouraged)

Allow us a few weeks to review your submission. If you have not heard back after a month, feel free to inquire.

We are not accepting submissions at this time.

( or send submission to absurdistmag [at] gmail [dot] com )

Please note

Should your submission be accepted: Authors retain all rights to their work after publication, though we may repost it on the internet (with proper acknowledgement to the author), or use it to help promote The Absurdist, or reprint it in some future anthology-type thing.