Fiction Attic Press — flash fiction & serial fiction by new and established writers

The short bit:

We publish flash fiction every other Wednesday, free to all subscribers. We also publish weekly serial fiction in our novella-in-flash series. Fiction Attic has been publishing flash fiction and essays online since 2005.

The case for a paid subscription

Paid subscribers get flash fiction once a week, plus “On Writing” posts (often with audio), access to the complete archives, and access to every chapter of our debut serialized novella-in-flash, The Man of the House Comes Home, by Elle Enderlin.

Founding members will receive a limited-edition signed paperback of The Man of the House Comes Home upon completion. They also get free submissions to our monthly lightening reading round.

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Our Story

Fiction Attic Press began in 2005 as a labor of love. As a new mom with very little time to write, I wanted to publish flash fiction that made me feel and made me think, stories that could be read in under five minutes. Early issues included very short stories by Thaisa Frank, Steve Almond, Gloria Frym, Stephen Elliott, Michelle Tea, and Vanessa Hua, among others, and interviews with literary luminaries like Kate Braverman.

We’ve also published a few books in print, including two flash fiction anthologies, an anthology of modern short stories, debut novels by Magdalena Waz and Karen Guzman, and the collected stories of the enigmatic Jiri Kajane.

The original website is still up and running. We began publishing on Substack in May of 2022 at the behest of our young editorial assistant, Oscar Phelan, to make our stories easier to find for subscribers. We hope to bring out our first novella-in-flash in late 2022.

New for 2022: Teen Voices submissions and Teen Voices Creative Writing Scholarship, which provides free classes and mentorship to promising young writers. We welcome submissions of flash fiction from high school students. We also award several creative writing scholarships per year to high school students who do not have access to a creative writing class at their school or through their home school program. Learn more about our Creative Writing Scholarship for Teens.

Thank you for reading!

-Michelle Richmond, Publisher

Why subscribe?

You’ll get flash fiction in your inbox a few times per month (twice a month for free subscribers, weekly for paid subscribers).

Do you write flash fiction or personal essays?

You can submit your own flash fictions of 1,000 words or fewer on our Submittable site. We are also always on the lookout for well-written personal essays. As of May, 2022, we accept novellas-in-flash and sketchbook stories. View our submission portal.


Fiction Attic Press
We publish flash fiction, serial fiction, personal essays, and the On Writing series. If you love to read fiction, please subscribe and share. And if you write flash fiction, we would love to see it.