Flash Fiction Resources

Here are some sites that provide resources to help you improve your flash fiction writing.

Fusilli Writing Resources   Articles include:

    • ‘Show’ don’t ‘tell’
    • Titles for flash
    • Writing plot twists in flash fiction
    • Micro fiction: Beginning, middle and end – a theory of micro fiction construction
    • Entering writing competitions – six top tips

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association    10 Hands-On Tips For Writing Flash Fiction

    • Ten useful tips

The Guardian   Stories in your pocket: how to write flash fiction

    • Author David Gaffney experiences writing and selling flash

Writers.com  How to Write Flash Fiction Stories

    • Good collection of tips
    • Suggestions for submitting

Writers Edit  The Ultimate Guide To Flash Fiction (And How To Write Your Own

    • Handy list of flash fiction subgenres with examples
    • Tips with links to more  details


Where to Submit Haiku

Acorn: a Journal of Contemporary Haiku

Reading Periods:

  • January and February for the spring issue
  • July and August for the fall issue

Asahi Shimbun’s “Haikuist Network

Submissions: Check most end of most recent posting for theme. Send haiku a postcard to David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima, Sakanoue 8-34-1, Kagoshima, 891-0197, Japan, or e-mail to mcmurray@fka.att.ne.jp.

Submission Deadlines:

  • Autumn/Winter, November 1st, appears in mid-November to December.
  • Spring/Summer, May 1st, appears in mid-May to June

Blithe Spirit: The British Haiku Society

Submission Periods:

  • December 1-31 for February issue
  • March 1-31 for May issue
  • June 1-30 for August issue
  • September 1-30 for November issue

Bottle Rockets

Submissions: check site for next reading period

Chrysanthemum: International Internet Magazine

Reading Periods:

  • February 1st through March 1st for the Spring issue
  • August 1st through September 1st for the Fall issue

Daily Haiku: The Edited Journal of Contemporary Haiku

Submission Periods (confirm they are open before submitting):

  • February 1 and 28
  • August 1 and 31

The Daily Mainichi Shimbun

Submissions: No dates provided, complete submission form on site.

Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America

Submission Periods:

  • March for the spring/summer issue
  • July for the autumn issue
  • November for the winter issue

Haiku Journal

Submissions: Check website for open periods.

hedgerow: a journal of small poems

Submissions: Accepted on a rolling basis, sign up for reminders at the website.

Heliosparrow Poetry Journal

Submissions: Heliosparrow has a rolling submission policy, and usually publish new works on a weekly basis. Check the website for information.

The Heron’s Nest

Submission Deadlines:

  • March 15 (for the June issue)
  • June 15 (for the September issue)
  • September 15 (for the December issue)
  • December 15 (for the March issue)

Kingfisher Journal

Submission Periods

  • February 1–2, 2024
  • August 1–31, 2024

Modern Haiku: An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies 

Submissions:March 15, July 15, and November 15 (postmark), but material may be sent at any time and upon acceptance will be published in the next available issue.

Poetry Pea

2024 Submissions: Check website for specific deadlines and themes.

Presence: Britain’s leading independent haiku journal

Submission Windows:

  • March issue, 15th December-31st January
  • July issue, 15th April-31st May
  • November issue, 15th August- 30th September

tsuri-dōrō – a small journal of haiku and senryū

Submission Periods:

  • May/June 2024 Issue #21 from March 1st, 2024 through March 10th, 2024
  • Check site for future deadlines

Under the Bashō

Submissions: Open

Wales Haiku Journal

Submission Periods:

  • Spring issue published in April (submission window: 1 March – 31 March)
  • Summer issue published July (submission deadline: 1 June – 30 June)
  • Autumn issue published in October (submission deadline: 1 September – 30 September)
  • Winter issue published in January (submission deadline: 1 December- 31 December)

Tips for submitting

The Haiku Foundation,New to Haiku: Preparing Your First Submission

How to get ideas?

“I can’t think what to write about.” “Where do ideas for stories come from?” These are statements you hear often in writing class.

The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite shows. Rod Sterling’s comments about each show always added to my enjoyment of them. Here is a YouTube video of an interview with Sterling discussing writing with college students. He answers the question “Where do ideas come from?

Your Words Are Worthy

Here’s some good advice from Robin Finn. an author, essayist, and coach. Her debut novel, “Restless in L.A.” (February 2017, Inkspell) was named a Best New Novel of 2017 by Babble.com.

“As a Mom and a Writer, I’m Here to Tell You that Your Words Are Worthy. You are not too small or too busy or too late or too old or too overwhelmed to write. Your words are worthy. Anything else is a lie.” ~ Robin Finn in Feb. 23, 2021 Thrive Global.

Read the entire article here for writing and story sharing tips.

The First Draft

Completing a first draft means getting your ideas down on paper. You’ve accomplished something special when you can say, “I have a draft of my story.”

Here’s what some established writers have to say about writing the first draft.

  • The best advice on writing was given to me by my first editor, Michael Korda, of Simon and Schuster, while writing my first book. ‘Finish your first draft and then we’ll talk,’ he said. It took me a long time to realize how good the advice was. Even if you write it wrong, write and finish your first draft. Only then, when you have a flawed whole, do you know what you have to fix. ~ Dominick Dunne, author of five bestselling novels and “The Way We Lived Then,” a memoir with photographs.
  • “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” ~ Terry Pratchett
  • “Get through a draft as quickly as possible.” ~ Joshua Wolf Shenk