2016 NANO Prize

The eighth-annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, will open on March 1 and will be judged by Kellie Wells!

And to celebrate NANO Fiction’s tenth birthday, the entry fee will only be $10 for up to three shorts, and all entrants will receive issue 10.1. Winners will be announced in mid-August.

Rules and Guidelines:

  • All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication.
  • Please paste all three works into the submission manager as one submission. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $10. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Please withdraw your submission immediately if taken elsewhere.
  • The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the submission.
  • Friends and family of the editors are not eligible to submit.

Click here to submit. Deadline: July 1, 2016

State of Flash

We’re looking to continue our State of Flash series with short essays talking about flash fiction in and out of the classroom. Do you have thoughts about flash fiction being published today? Which stories or authors have moved you or worked particularly well to generate classroom discussions? Which stories have inspired students? Which stories have inspired you? How has flash fiction changed the way you or your students view writing or the writing process?

Please submit essays of no more than 1000 words to Kirby Johnson and Sophie Rosenblum.

General Submissions – Web and Print

NANO Fiction is currently accepting previously unpublished works of fiction 300 words or fewer.

Issue 10.1 marks NANO Fiction‘s tenth anniversary, and we’re thinking a lot about milestones and transitions. Although we will read work on any topic, we’d particularly love to see work that explores these things broadly. What happens when you reach a significant milestone? What challenges and joys await people or systems undergoing a kind of transition? What surprises emerge as things reach an anniversary or come to an end? How have different characters commemorated anniversaries or accomplishments, and how have those commemorations unfolded in unexpected ways? What happens after the big milestone? We’re thinking about cyclical events, rites of passage, death, rebirth, return. Send us your work on transitions, on endings, on anniversaries or apocalypse.

Regardless of subject matter, we are looking for work that experiments with form while still balancing narrative. We are interested in stories we haven’t read before, stories we think we are tired of reading–but are told in such in a new way that we gain fresh insights, writing remain attentive to language and lyricism without abandoning story, and work that surprise us–but not by using a trick ending. We also are looking for writing that takes unexpected perspectives on commonly-seen stories.

We ask that all submissions be sent through our online submission manager and that previous contributors please wait two years from being published with us to submit again.

All submission guidelines are located on our submission manager website. Before submitting, we strongly recommend taking a moment to read through our online archive.

Queries and other correspondence may be sent to Elizabeth Wade at

Pieces may be selected for either web, print, or both. Unsolicited, emailed work will not be responded to.

Payment: NANO Fiction is delighted to announce that we are now in a position to pay our print contributors! Starting with issue 8.1, all writers who have work published in print editions of NANO Fiction (including reviewers and contributors to our State of Flash series) will not only receive two copies of the issue in which they are published, but they will now also be paid $20 per published piece! We know this amount maybe small, but we hope to increase the payment in the future. All payments will be made via Paypal unless otherwise requested.

Print Rights: We require exclusive print rights to all accepted work(s) for three (3) months after publication and non-exclusive print rights indefinitely for potential anthologies and promotional materials. Electronic Rights: We require exclusive electronic rights to all accepted work(s) for three (3) months after publication and non-exclusive rights indefinitely so we may include it in our online archives and ebooks.