Flash Fiction Guidelines

Word Limit: 400-1000 words

Pay Rate: £10 and a contributor copy of Lucent Dreaming. 

Genres: Any, as long as it accords with some of our preferred themes as seen below.

Language: English

Preferred themes: SELF/OTHER/ISOLATION

We enjoy fiction that is readable and surreal, especially where writing that embraces and explores inner-lives, identity and society (our own or otherwise). Please read a copy of Lucent Dreaming to get a feel for the kind of writing we enjoy to give you the best chance.

You may submit whatever you want, but certain themes and plot types are quite tiring to us, and stand a significantly smaller chance. You may, however, take this as a challenge to write one of them exceedingly well and convince us!

For an easier time, avoid:

• Zombies, vampires, werewolves, especially sexy ones
• Elves, dwarves, and other fantasy scenarios that come across as LOTR fan fiction
• Fan fiction
• Gratuitous gore/torture and other violence for the sake of violence
• Erotica

Submissions Process:

Please use our submission form to upload your submission.

If you are unable to use the form, please email submissions to submissions@lucentdreaming.com with FF SUBMISSION: STORY TITLE in the subject line.

Include your name, cover letter, and word count. Your cover letter should contain any publishing history, and anything about yourself you feel is relevant.

Submissions should be submitted as a .doc/.docx file and in standard manuscript format.

Please allow up to 8 weeks for a response before inquiring about the status of your submission.

Please only submit one story at a time. Wait until you’ve been accepted or rejected before sending us another story.

Although we do try to give feedback on many of the submissions we receive, if we’ve rejected a story previously, don’t submit it again unless we specifically asked you to–even if it’s been fixed up based on our suggestions. If you do submit it, we’ll reject it unread.

Please don’t send anything that is currently submitted elsewhere (simultaneous submissions). And please don’t submit stories that have been previously published in English, including stories you have published yourself, be it on your blog, or anywhere else.

If you have been previously published by Lucent Dreaming, please wait 2 issues before submitting again.

By emailing us your story, you acknowledge that if your story is accepted, you are giving the Lucent Dreaming team:

the exclusive right first publish the story in print, the exclusive first right to electronically publish the story on this website, and
the right to republish the story in or in connection with Lucent Dreaming, including electronic or hard copy promotional material and printed compilations, provided that authorial credit is given in every instance of reproduction.

Lucent Dreaming licenses its published content (when modified, edited, presented, or formatted by Lucent Dreaming, i.e. our version of your work) as CC-BY-NC. If you have any questions relating to CC licensing, please contact us at dreaminglucent@gmail.com