Fractured Literary is a new short fiction online literary magazine seeking micro and flash fiction. Flash fiction issues are published every Monday and other content is published throughout the week, including writing that “explores the roots and the future of the flash form and genre, including essays, interviews and more.” While I usually only share submission calls that include poetry, flash fiction and prose poetry sometimes fall into a gray area–flash often uses lyrical, poetic language, and prose poetry often has a fictional narrative. To learn more about the distinctions, read guest blog post "Prose Poem or Flash Fiction - What's the Difference?" by Jessica Terson; and then if you are a poet, consider trying some micro/flash fiction!
Editor-in-Chief and award-winning fiction writer Tommy Dean filled us in on what he’s looking for with a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Fractured Lit.
DEAN: Fractured Lit is dedicated to finding micro and flash fiction that lingers long past the first reading. We're searching for Flash that investigates the mysteries of being human, the sorrow, and the joy of connecting to the diverse population around us. Fractured Lit is a flash fiction centered place for all writers of any background and experience. Let us help you tell your stories, the stories we knew we've needed all along.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Fractured Lit originally created?
DEAN: The parent company of The Masters Review and CRAFT Literary, Discover New Art envisioned a new space dedicated to finding the freshest, most exciting flash from writers of all backgrounds and skill levels. As a team, we felt we could offer more space for writers of micro and flash fiction if we opened Fractured Lit. I'm honored to have the opportunity, along with my associate editor, K.B. Carle, and a fantastic reading team, to provide writers with a new paying venue for flash fiction that lingers long past the first reading.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
DEAN: We're hoping to find readers that love micro and flash fiction. We hope that we're providing a reading experience for all types of flash fiction, but we lean toward the literary, stories explore the fractures of humanity. Stories that make us feel something, make us want to connect, make us reach for the deeper empathy between people.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
DEAN: We're looking for micro fiction (400 words or less) and flash fiction (401-1,000 words) that provide readers with emotional resonance and characters that we care about, who come to life through their actions and responses to the diverse world around them. We want the micro and flash fiction that you just had to write, that you couldn't look away from, which gives us new ways of relating to the fractures of humanity.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
DEAN: Micro and flash that creates an empathic and emotional connection between the character and the reader. Stories that matter to the writer. Stories that gain power from the writer's or character's sense of wonder about the world. A questioning of the status quo, a defamiliarization of the typical--characters searching for meaning, but finding it in expected places. We'd love to see more work from a diverse range of writers!
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
DEAN: We're excited about the standards and longevity of our sister magazines, The Masters Review and CRAFT Literary! We love any lit mag or journal that provides a safe and exciting space for a diverse range of writers, but Smokelong Quarterly, wigleaf, Split Lip Magazine, New Flash Fiction Review, Pidgeonholes, Longleaf Review, Atticus Review, trampset, and Pithead Chapel have been models of excellence in content and in the care they show readers and their contributors. (We're sorry that we couldn't continue to list more lit mags!)
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Fractured Lit?
DEAN: We are so humbled and honored by the trust we've been given to read the amazing and exciting micro and flash that comes directly to our queue every day. Writing, while usually fulfilling, is not an easy pursuit, and the submission process is fraught with anxiety, and often the question of self-worth. You are more than the response to any given submission! It's so exciting to be given the opportunity to work with writers to showcase their stories and to help them find readers for their work! Keep writing, keep submitting, because we’re rooting for you!
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
DEAN: https://fracturedlit.submittable.com/submit Fractured Lit is open year-round and is available to all writers. We currently feature two separate submission categories, based on the length of the work submitted: Micro Fiction, for work under 400 words; and Flash Fiction, for work 401-1,000 words.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: Always open for general submissions
SUBMISSION FEE: None
CONTEST DEADLINE: June 28, 2020 ($20 fee/$3,000 prize)
PAYMENT: We pay our authors $50 for original Micro Fiction and $75 for original Flash Fiction.
FORMS: micro/flash fiction
SUBMISSION METHOD: Submittable