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American Short Fiction

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American Short Fiction has published, and continues to seek short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established, or new or lesser-known authors. There are no set guidelines as to content or length, but anyone wishing to send a story to American Short Fiction should first become familiar with the work previously published by the magazine. Our standards for acceptance are extremely high.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee is USD $3.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1991

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 3 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed


Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2024* (approx. 39 days from now) through 31 December 2024. 18


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words).
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.


Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: "Competitive" rates.


Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

American Short Fiction Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the Extremely Challenging Fiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 228 reports from 206 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported1 min | 190.0 mean avg | 140.5 median | 1,208 max days (180.1 std dev)
Responses77.19 %
Acceptances0.00 % No publication has a 0% acceptance rate. This data is based on submission reports sent to Duotrope, and we have not received reports of any acceptances yet.
Rejections77.19 % (190.8 avg. days per rejection) | 30.7 % personal, 51.7 % form, 17.6 % unspecified | 0.4 % shortlisted
Non-Responses22.81 %
Lost/Returned0.44 % (633.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as lost or returned)
Never Responded4.39 % (413.7 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals17.98 % (120.9 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending58 responses are pending (205 min | 246.2 mean avg | 230.5 median | 628 max days waiting | 59.5 std dev) from 58 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 150 days. (47.8 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 150 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 150 days have passed.
The most common submission fee paid: USD $3.00.
Submissions are acknowledged within 3 days on average.
Most recent response reported was received on 09 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 31 Jan 2024.

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Last Updated: 10 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 23 May 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 11 Feb 2006

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