FewerThan500 is “an online literary journal dedicated to publishing the work of those skilled at expressing creative talent in fewer than 500 words. We pride ourselves in publishing work from writers and photographers around the world.” They publish one to two times a week and are seeking unpublished, original prose poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or photography. Note, that they do not accept poetry in other forms.
I was curious how and why this literary magazine began, so I asked Founder and Editor Ritta M. Basu a few questions to find out. See my interview with Basu and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about FewerThan500.
BASU: FewerThan500.com is an online literary journal dedicated to publishing the work of those skilled at expressing creative talent in fewer than 500 words. We pride ourselves in publishing work from writers around the world. New stories are typically added one to two times per week.
HOPKINSON: How/why was FewerThan500 originally started?
BASU: I founded FewerThan500 in 2009. As a former newspaper journalist and an editorial services professional, I began writing short fiction in 2008. I launched this online journal to provide a space for emerging writers to publish their work. It has also given me an opportunity to pursue my passion of working with people who love to write.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
BASU: We seek to appeal to a global audience with an interest in the craft of flash fiction. When we started there were very few sites devoted to the genre. We were right in assuming that as the world began to move faster, people’s attention spans and leisure reading time would narrow. We wanted to reach them. Now there are many sites like ours and the craft is developing exponentially. It’s nice to still be among them. I owe a lot of thanks and credit to those who have supported the publication through the years.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BASU: FewerThan500 is a literary journal, which means we tend to gravitate to stories that have a connection to reality. We also occasionally publish creative nonfiction. We are open to prose poetry submissions.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
BASU: I would love to see more stories that have a true sense of place. It’s hard to establish a feel for a place or even depth in characters in just 500 words. However, I do think it is possible.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BASU: I loved and miss Brevity. I love reading the story selections at Electric Lit, as well as Wigleaf, Vestal Review, Everyday Fiction and others. I have a special affinity for the journal Still as well. And I’m impressed by the concept and multimedia effort of Garfield’s Crossing.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with FewerThan500?
BASU: Connecting with writers all over the world. There are beautiful voices everywhere filled with life, mystery, darkness, romance, and a (sometimes veiled) glimpse into their inner worlds.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
BASU: Original, unpublished stories may be sent in Word or text format to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that writers include a short bio (50 words or less) with any submission and that they submit no more than one story per month. Additional information about submissions can be found here: http://fewerthan500.com/submission-guidelines/
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
BASU: Please reach out by e-mail to email@example.com.
DEADLINE: Always Open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: prose poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or photography
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
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