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Apple in the Dark

About the Journal

Hello, and welcome to Apple in the Dark, a brand-new online publication focusing on works of fiction and creative nonfiction no longer than 1,500 words apiece. Currently, we offer two issues a year: summer/fall and winter/spring.


We cannot pay you (unless it's for a contest), but we will promote you via the site and social media. And it’s free to submit!

Eventually we’d like to be able to pay authors, WordPress, etc., in order to offer a better journal/site. If there’s any chance you’re able to donate to help us get up and running, please donate any amount via PayPal: And it’s a lofty goal, but maybe we’ll be able to offer contributors payment at some point! Maybe we’ll be able to donate to a sustainability NGO or likeminded nonprofit! We’ll see what happens. Any help would be very much appreciated.


AITD ask for first publication rights. You may publish your work featured on the site elsewhere following initial publication, but please credit AITD with first publication.

Thank you for your support. We can’t wait to publish whatever delightful work comes our way.

Flash Fiction Contest

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Documents must not have identifying information. Word limit: 1,500. Multiple entries are welcome, though you'll need to submit a new entry and pay the fee for each piece. Submission window: March 1 to May 31, 2023.

Apple in the Dark is reading for its first-ever flash fiction contest. Pieces must be no longer than 1,500 words. Submission window: March 1 to May 31. $6 entry fee. $150 first-place prize. Winner and some finalists will be published in 2023.