New Flash Fiction Review was founded in 2014 by author/editor Meg Pokrass. We are an online magazine devoted to flash fiction and prose poetry. 

Please read the information supplied below about our submission guidelines, reading periods, and response times carefully. 

We are currently open for general submissions and our 7 Banned Words micro fiction feature! 


Guidelines For General Submissions 

Please submit 1-3 flashes of 1000 words or fewer in a single document via Submittable per reading period. 

We prefer submissions to have an easy-to-read font and double-line spacing.

We do not publish previously published material. We do not accept submissions via email. Any submissions sent via email will be deleted unread. 

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your piece has been accepted elsewhere, simply withdraw it from our Submissions manager. If you have submitted more than one flash, send us a note via Submittable advising us which piece has been accepted.

To get a flavour for what we like, please read our current issue.


Reading Periods and Response Times:

Excluding any special calls for submissions (such as the 7 Banned Words Feature) we are open for submissions during the following months for our quarterly issues:

Spring Issue: We will be open to submissions for our Spring Issue from January 1st until February 1st. You will receive a response for your submission by the end of February. Our Spring Issue will be published in March.

Summer Issue: We will be open to submissions for our Summer Issue from April 1st until May 1st. You will receive a response for your submission by the end of May. Our Summer Issue will be published in June.

Fall Issue: We will be open to submissions for our Fall Issue from July 1st until August 1st. You will receive a response for your submission by the end of August. Our Fall Issue will be published in September.

Winter Issue: We will be open to submissions for our Winter Issue from October 1st until November 1st. You will receive a response for your submission by the end of November. Our Winter Issue will be published in December.

7 Banned Words Microfiction Feature Submissions Guidelines: 

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them. -George Orwell

On December 15th, 2017, we learned through reliable news sources such as the Washington Post that the Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the Center for Disease Control from using seven words in their official documents: The words are as follows:  “evidence-based”, “science-based” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” and “fetus.”

In protest, we editors at New Flash Fiction Review are challenging writers to use these words creatively and to write a quirky, original microfiction story (up to 300 words) using some or all of these banned words. Your submitted stories do not have to be political in nature. Please wait to hear back from us before submitting again.

We’ll post our favorites here as part of NFFR’s new special feature. You can submit through Submittable below. As always, submissions are free.

We look forward to reading your flashes! 






On December 15th, 2017, as many of us know, we learned through news sources such as the Washington Post that the Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the CDC (Center for Disease Control) from using SEVEN words in their official documents: The words are as follows:  “evidence-based”, “science-based” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” and “fetus.” As writers and editors, we at New Flash Fiction Review challenge writers to use these 7 words creatively and to make microfiction stories from them. We'll share the best of them here as a "Feature" on our website once a week. As George Orwell said: "If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them".

Please submit up to one microfiction story, 300 words max, utilizing 1-7 of these banned words. Wait until you hear back from us before submitting again. We will try to offer a quick turn-around answer. The stories we like the best will be posted on our website. You do not have to use all of them, but the more you can use, the better. Be creative and have some fun with this. The words are: “evidence-based”, “science-based” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” and “fetus.” 

Guidelines For General Submissions  

Please submit 1-3 flashes of 1000 words or fewer in a single document via Submittable per reading period. 

We prefer submissions to have an easy-to-read font and double-line spacing.

We do not publish previously published material. We do not accept submissions via email. Any submissions sent via email will be deleted unread. 

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your piece has been accepted elsewhere, simply withdraw it from our Submissions manager. If you have submitted more than one flash, send us a note via Submittable advising us which piece has been accepted.

To get a flavour for what we like, please read our current issue.


Reading Periods and Response Times:

Spring Issue: We will be open to submissions for our Spring Issue from January 1st until February 1st. You will receive a response for your submission by the end of February. Our Spring Issue will be published in March.