Writing Guidelines

Every Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction, of up to  1000 words. There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job  in 50 words, have at it! — but our readers prefer pieces that tell or at  least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising  to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though  it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).

All fiction genres are acceptable, and stories that don’t fit neatly  into any genre are welcome too. While personal experiences and other  non-fiction can be great sources of inspiration, please turn them into  fiction for us, or send them elsewhere.

Our readership is adult, so children’s stories are unlikely to be  accepted unless they are relevant to adults as well. On the other hand,  we are not impressed by gratuitous sex and violence, or pointlessly foul  language; edgy content should be necessary and appropriate to the plot  and characters.

It ought to go without saying that any story submitted to Every Day Fiction must be your own unpublished original creation. If  you publish a story on a blog, even your own personal blog, or any  website accessible to the general public (i.e., if the story can be  found and read online without a password or friend status or other  limitation), it is considered published and therefore inappropriate for  our market.

Since we do not have the time or resources to manage copyright  permissions, please do not send us works with quoted song lyrics. You  may use song titles and the names of composers, lyricists, and/or  performers, and you may paraphrase or refer to the song lyrics, but we  are unable to publish stories with directly quoted song lyrics unless  they are in the public domain (written before 1920).

We will not publish stories which feature living public figures as  characters, although referencing them (e.g., in terms of a  concert/event/sighting) is acceptable. Historical/deceased public  figures are acceptable as characters. We do not publish fan fiction and  will not publish stories which feature non-original characters, although  referencing them (e.g., in a film, as a toy, etc.) is fine, and  historical/cultural/legendary characters which are clearly not the  property of a single creator (e.g., Santa Claus, King Arthur) are also  permissible.

Submission Process

All stories must be submitted through Submittable — we cannot  accept stories via email or snail mail.

Our maximum response time is 90 days. If for any reason you believe that we have held your story without a response past 90 days, please contact us so we can look into it. We will, of course, do our best to keep our average response time as low as possible; we are currently averaging ? days.

Multiple Submissions & Simultaneous Submissions

We ask that you have no more than three stories in our submission process at any one time. If you have three stories submitted to the regular queue and wish to submit an additional one to the calendar-specific queue for the upcoming month, please query first.

Unfortunately, we do not take simultaneous submissions; please give us 90 days' exclusive consideration of your story.

Compensation

We believe in the importance of being paid for your writing, even if  it’s only a token amount. At this time, we are able to offer three  dollars (US$3) for each published story, to be paid via PayPal, with the  option to donate it back to Every Day Fiction if you are so inclined.

More importantly, publication also includes an opportunity to promote  your writing beyond Every Day Fiction. We will gladly provide a link to  your blog or website, and if you have a book on Amazon, we can link to  that as well.

This is the ongoing submissions queue for regular submissions to Every Day Fiction (not targeted at a specific month or occasion).

Please note that if you've already submitted a story to a month-specific queue, you do NOT need to resubmit it here. We will consider all stories from those targeted queues for other dates as well, at our discretion.

Ends on November 26, 2018

We are looking for winter and holiday stories for December 2018, including:

  • Winter Solstice / Midwinter / Yule
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah
  • New Year's Eve
  • anything winter or snow related
  • summer in the Southern Hemisphere

The deadline for these stories is November 26, 2018, at the end of the day (11:59 PM Pacific Time).



Ends on December 27, 2018

We are looking for winter and holiday stories for January 2019, including:

  • New Year's Day
  • Epiphany / Three Kings' Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • anything winter or snow related
  • tropical getaways / escape from winter weather

The deadline for these stories is December 27, 2018 at the end of the day (11:59 PM Pacific Time).


Ends on January 27, 2019

We are looking for some suitable stories for February 2019, including:

  • Groundhog Day
  • The Day the Music Died
  • The Super Bowl
  • Valentine's Day
  • getting tired of winter / cabin fever

The deadline for these stories is January 27, 2018, at the end of the day (11:59 PM Pacific Time).


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