Details about submission requirements and what we are looking for can be found below the submission link.
(Stories must be 100 words or fewer.)
(Artwork submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Microfiction Monday Magazine welcomes multiple and simultaneous submissions, just let us know as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere. All writing and artwork must be original and unpublished. We acquire first-time electronic publication rights. Rights revert back to writers and artists upon publication. Unfortunately we cannot offer payment to our contributors at this time. This is a monthly publication and all editions will be archived and viewable on our site.
We presently receive 50-100 submissions per month on average and typically publish 5-10 stories in any given month. All submissions are read carefully by the editor, and any borderline decisions or submissions from someone the editor knows personally are read blind by the assistant editor for feedback. Authors can expect to receive an email response to all submissions in six weeks or less from the date of submissions. Publication decisions are made once each month (usually at some point during the last week of the month, though this may vary.) As a result, a submission sent near the end of a given month might receive an almost immediate response, or it may not receive a response until the end of the following month. We ask that you do not inquire as to the status of your submission unless it has been more than six weeks. We suggest checking your spam folder first to make sure our response didn’t end up there, then you may query us via the contact form.
Also note that we do not provide feedback on submissions. We hope you understand that it simply isn’t possible for us to do this for everyone. It would be quite an undertaking to give feedback to all 50-100 submissions each month! The editors edit this magazine in their spare time. They are real live people who have families, jobs, and other responsibilities. But in an effort to give some insight, we’ve generated the list below to give an idea as to some of the reasons we may reject a given work:
Things we generally don’t publish:
*Anything significantly shorter than our 100 word limit. Most of the stories we publish end up being between 50 and 100 words in length. We’ll always consider shorter works, but we’ve found that they rarely fulfill the sense of story we’re looking for in that short of a space.
*Anything longer than 100 words in length. If your story is just a few words over and we really like it, we may still publish it once length edits are applied, but in general, giving us something over the word count is an instant rejection.
*Poetry. Our focus is on prose, but if you have a short prose poem that reads like a story, we’re happy to take a look.
*The severely abstract. If we can’t figure out what’s going on or what you’re trying to say, odds are we’re going to pass. While we appreciate that some art is meant to be open for interpretation, we prefer to have a solid sense of what you are trying to convey.
*Anything gratuitously graphic, violent, or vulgar. While we have no real limit on content, we don’t enjoy works that aim for shock value. Give us great stories.
*Stories about struggling writers or writers who can’t seem to get published anywhere. (And more generally, stories that seem to be thinly veiled rants by the author about things not going right in some aspect of their life.)
*Stories that are nonspecific or generic. We like sharp, unique details. If you’re going to tell a tale of two people falling in love, we should not be able to summarize your story as, “Two people fell in love.” There should be some more substance there that sticks with us and makes us see the lovers as unique in this world.
*Summaries of stories. Don’t use the 100 word limit as an excuse to give us the summary of a story. Use it as a challenge to choose language that can convey a full-bodied story experience in 100 words or fewer.
*Grossly unedited stories. If we like what you’ve got going on enough, we WILL ask for edits and consider publishing it, but if it is clear that you haven’t taken the time to proofread or refine your work, then the odds will be stacked against you.
*Non-stories. Don’t just give us a description of a setting or a mood. Something should happen. There should be a story arc.
*Jokes, especially one-liners. We get a surprising number of these. While we enjoy humor, we prefer it in story form. If your submission would feel right at home in a book of jokes and riddles, then it is not likely to find a home on our site.
Some other don’ts:
Don’t give us a bio that is longer than your story. While we love getting to know a little bit about you, our main focus is on your writing. In fact, we don’t typically look at bios until we’ve made a decision about the story itself. And if your bio is a 500 word monster next to your 100 word story, it gives the appearance of being more important than your story. Note also that bios are optional. If you choose not to include a bio, this in no way affects our decision.
Don’t tell us what your story is about or how we should interpret it in your bio. Each story should speak for itself.
Don’t worry if you’re new to writing or have never been published before. We consider every submission equally and our decisions are made solely on the writing itself. We are proud to be the first publisher of several of our authors, and the dozenth+ publisher of others!
Don’t submit a story without a title. A surprising number of people leave this out of their submissions. While we do accept untitled stories from time to time, we will require a title prior to publishing them, and having no title may be the deciding factor if we’re choosing between several well written pieces in a given month.
Don’t neglect to tell us if your work is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible. Finding out a work isn’t available for publication at the last minute can be stressful!
And lastly, don’t take rejections personally! We get a large volume of submissions each month and aim to be very selective. We are also humans with our own subjective preferences. Just because we reject your story does not mean another editor won’t find it to be perfect for them. It also doesn’t mean we will reject your future work. Always feel free to submit again as often as you’d like, and don’t become discouraged! We have published works from several authors whom we initially rejected multiple times.