General Submissions Opening Soon!

NANO Fiction will reopen for general submissions on February 1. At that time, please send previously unpublished works of fiction 300 words or fewer for possible publication in issue 10.1, due out this fall.

Because issue 10.1 marks NANO Fiction‘s tenth anniversary, 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. Before submitting, we strongly recommend taking a moment to read through our online archive.

Pieces may be selected for either web, print, or both. Unsolicited, emailed work will not be responded to. We look forward to reading your work!