The Absurdist wants your oddest, most peculiar flash fiction. Let it be farcical, let it be unsettling, let it be both. We are looking for stories that are cohesively and creatively strange — the rest is up to you.

To get a sense of what fits, check out published work from our past life.

Submission Guidelines

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

We accept no more than two stories at a time, sent in a single email. 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 Previously unpublished work only.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.

( or send submissions 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.