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About

What is a 50-Word Story? A 50-word story is a piece of fiction written in exactly 50 words. That doesn’t mean “roughly” 50 words; it doesn’t mean “as close to 50 words as possible”; it doesn’t mean 50 words or fewer. It means exactly 50 words. As with any other form of fiction, a 50-word story should have a beginning and an end, a plot and character development (even if they are only implied), and a theme, meaning, or purpose of some sort. Many 50-word stories are built around twists or climactic moments.

50-Word StoriesUnited States
Important: Submit only once a month.
Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Submission Period

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. Will be open to submissions from Saturday, April 1, 2017 (6.6 days from now) through Saturday, April 15, 2017.0

Genres

G General 
O Open to all/most Genres 

Classifications

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Minimalist.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

Flash Fiction Flash Fictionexactly 50 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 260 x per year

Payscale

We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN to P Pays occasionally, up to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No OK OKText format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.

Dates

Date Added:
10 May 2011
Last Updated:
15 Mar 2017