Hitchhiker’s guide to flash stories online

“Vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine-leaf.” It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from a short story in that its aim does not lie within the realms of traditional structure or plot. The vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It’s descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere.
Vine Leaf Literary Journal

Class members have asked for a list of places where they can read flash memoirs online so here’s a baker’s dozen of my favorites:

















And perhaps the best for last, scroll down to find the Readers Write section at The Sun magazine.

If you’re interested in submitting flash nonfiction for publication, the following resources can help you find the right venue.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with a publication before submitting.  You want to ensure a good fit — unless you’re looking to expand your collection of rejection notices.

The Review Review

Poets & Writers classifieds

Writer’s Relief classifieds

New Pages directory

Curated lists of Lit Mags at The Review Review by genre, audience, etc.

50 top literary magazines for creative nonfiction  as culled from the Best American Essays anthologies

ShortStops for listings in the UK & Ireland

You might also be interested in these books in the flash genre.

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9 Comments on “Hitchhiker’s guide to flash stories online”

  1. July 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Jane Hertenstein, on her site Memoirous, has also posted a helpful list of anthologies, journals, and other resources for reading and submitting flash creative nonficition: http://memoirouswrite.blogspot.com/p/places-to-submit-flash.html

  2. May 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you very much for this generous list. I was listening to your presentation in the NAMW.

    • May 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi Lisbeth, thanks for listening, and I hope this list helps you read more flash and submit your own.

  3. May 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Terrific resource list! And thank you for your clear-eyed, passionate NAMW presentation on Friday — a great inspiration for action!

    • May 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      I’m so glad to hear that, Charlie, and thanks for your kind words. I hope this helps you go forth and Flash. :)


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