Apex Magazine Flash Fiction

Submission Guidelines

Apex Magazine Flash Fiction is currently Closed to Submissions.

Themes are chosen by Patrons at the end of the month and announced to Patrons on the 1st of each month. Find this month's theme at www.patreon.com/apexbookcompany. Stories that do not meet the theme will be rejected. Submissions will be open to the public on the 7th of each month. Submissions close on the last day of the month at midnight.

Submissions should be in Shunn Manuscript Format and attached as .doc/.docx/.rtf/.odt files. Please note that submissions sent before the first of the month, longer than 1000 words, or in formats other than those listed above will be deleted unread. 

The winner will be announced no later than the 15th of the following month and will be paid $0.08/word or $10, whichever is more. Submissions are taken for publication in the following month - the January contest will take submissions in December, etc. The winning story will appear on our Patreon as an exclusive and will be included in the forthcoming issue of Apex Magazine. For example, the October and November Flash Fiction Winners will be published in the January 2023 Issue of Apex Magazine.


1) Submit your work in Shunn Standard Manuscript Format (Modern or Classic). Your manuscript should be in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or ODT file format.

2) We continue to keep our focus on literary genre fiction: horror, science fiction, and fantasy. We do not accept multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions. Winner will be published as an exclusive on our Patreon before appearing in Apex Magazine. Winners will be asked to wait an issue cycle before submitting again (Eg. October/November winners will be asked to wait until February/March to submit).

3) Maximum word length is a firm 1,000 words. Anything more will be auto-rejected. While there is no minimum word count, please be aware we are looking for complete stories, not vignettes.

4) Payment for original fiction is $0.08/word up to 1,000 words. Minimum of $10.

5) If the work you are submitting is an English translation, please include the translator name and email address either in your cover letter or your manuscript. By submitting, you are verifying in good faith that you have the right to have your translated work published in Apex Magazine.

6) Apex Magazine welcomes and encourages submissions from writers of all races, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and military status. We want diverse voices. We value diverse voices. Saying that, please be aware that we do not collect any information that might clue our editors to any of these attributes other than your name, email, address, and cover letter before any decisions are made regarding your submission.

7) We do not accept reprints. Our policy on work published to Patreon is that the story will be treated as a reprint.

8) Stories rejected from our flash fiction contest are ineligible for submission to Apex Magazine.

9) Apex Magazine's Flash Fiction Contest is themed. If your story does not meet our monthly theme, it will be rejected.