Open Call for Flash Fiction/Nonfiction

We are opening submissions for flash fiction and creative nonfiction! Submission period: July 30–August 13, 2021

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On the occasion of our 40th anniversary, BOMB Magazine, for the first time, will open submissions for flash fiction and creative nonfiction. Submissions will be open until August 13, and those accepted will be published on our website.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submission period: July 30–August 13, 2021 (at 11:59 pm EST).
  • Manuscripts must be no more than 1000 words, in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and with numbered pages.
  • The submission must consist of a single work of flash fiction or nonfiction.
  • Attach a 50-word bio.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as you notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Accepted submissions will be published by BOMB. Payment for selected submissions is $50.00 and a subscription to BOMB upon publication.

Visit our Submittable page to send in your submission.


For reference, listed below are examples of very short works published from each decade of BOMB. Memoirs, experimental fiction, translations—these pieces run a range of genres and styles, and submissions with similarly unconventional formats are welcome.

2020s

Three Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell
Fiction
February 1, 2021


From Muscle, beefsteak…beefsteak run amok
Fiction
February 21, 2021 


God by Ben Loory
Fiction 
January 21, 2020


Issue #152: Forgetting Caen by Lydia Davis
Fiction
June 11, 2020


Two Stories by Diane Williams
Fiction
July 31, 2019


The Imprecation by Kathryn Scanlan
Fiction
April 3, 2020


Freefall by Amelia Gray
Fiction
March 3, 2020


A Woman Object (Exploding) by Lidia Yuknavitch
Fiction
January 31, 2020


Police Brutality Is Not the Only Honorable Way For Black People to Die by Matthew Thompson
Nonfiction
September 4, 2020

2010s

Something Like Hope by Kristen Martin
Nonfiction
November 5, 2018


Les Baigneuses by Jeffrey DeShell
Fiction
October 1, 2011


Peacock by Dawn Raffel
Fiction
October 1, 2011


Chai Wan Four by Helen Phillips
Fiction
October 1, 2011

2000s

Maag & Minetti: City Stories by Keller+Kuhn
Fiction
July 1, 2008


Fish by Anu Lakhan
Fiction
October 1, 2007


Good Friends by Clarice Lispector
Fiction
January 1, 2000

1990s

All Data is Raw by Elena Alexander
Fiction
October 1, 1993


Untitled by Klaus Kertess
Fiction
April 1, 1990


Under the House by Lynn Freed
Fiction
October 1, 1998

1980s

Executrix by Barry Yourgrau
Fiction
October 1, 1987


The Hilt by Gordon Lish
Fiction
October 1, 1987


Four Stories by Roberta Allen
Fiction
October 1, 1984


Five Stories by Lisa Blaushild
Fiction
October 1, 1983


Congo by Barry Yourgrau
Fiction
April 1, 1982