At the end of the day, quality matters more than word count, and length can vary depending on the piece.
Please email [email protected] a concise note that explains the core of your idea, how you’ll support it, and why it matters — or, even better (particularly for personal essays), send a full first draft of your piece.
But I’ve done my best to signal to you which journals state outright on their sites that they’ll pay for your work–look for the $–and which ones are equally upfront about charging fees.
If you know of a journal or magazine that’s specifically interested in flash nonfiction and micro-essays that should be added to the list, please share your knowledge (bonus points for links, too) in comments.
Before I present the list, I need to issue a few clarifications and caveats.
First, this list by no means includes *every* journal or magazine that might publish your piece of flash nonfiction.
Poetry should display a commitment to the ultra-specificities of language, and show a refined sense of simile and metaphor.
READER is Buzz Feed News’s home for cultural criticism, personal essays, fiction, and poetry, as well as Buzz Feed’s Emerging Writer Fellowship.
We are open to both experimental and traditional forms, although we do not normally publish genre fiction such as science fiction or fantasy writing, or erotica.
Just please make sure they are no more than 4,000 words in length.