Exploring the art of fiction


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CRAFT explores the art of fiction, celebrating both emerging and established writers. We focus on the craft of writing and how the elements of craft make a good story shine. We feature new and republished fiction, critical pieces on craft, interviews, book annotations, and much more.





Our entire library can be found in our Fiction Section.

Our short and flash fiction categories are open year-round to any emerging or established author. We accept submissions from international writers. We review simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our authors $100 for original flash fiction and $200 for original short fiction. We do not charge submission fees, but are highly selective in what we choose to publish.

We will also consider previously published fiction, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.

Each published story will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. These essays will be requested upon acceptance. To read the author’s notes of previously published stories, please see CRAFT Fiction.

To see a list of our most commonly asked questions about submitting to us, please visit our FAQ page. If you have additional questions after reading our FAQ, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com.

Flash Fiction, for work up to 1,000 words

Short Fiction, for work up to 6,000 words

Please review the guidelines in the submission form you choose for specifics about the genre. We’ve added some limits in an effort to improve our response time. We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece per genre at a time. If your fiction is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre. You may have one piece of fiction (either short or flash) under consideration at one time, and one craft piece.


We accept submissions of critical pieces on craft, book annotations, and interviews. For a look at the type of content we publish, please visit our Craft Section. All work in this section is concerned with fiction. Please do not send critical work about poetry or nonfiction. Please do not send personal essays. We pay between $50 and $100 for original craft content.

Critical essays range from 1000 to 1500 words concerning the craft of fiction. The most common type of essays we publish consist of a careful examination of an element or elements of craft in a piece or pieces of fiction. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

For interviews, we are interested in conversations with fiction writers/novelists focusing on the craft of writing. You may query at contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com.

Our book annotations generally focus on fiction writers/novelists who explicitly explore craft in their work. These pieces are typically between 800 and 1200 words. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece per genre at a time. If your craft submission is declined, you may submit again to the craft genre immediately. You may have one piece of fiction (either short or flash) under consideration at one time, and one craft piece.


Are you looking for feedback on a piece of short fiction? Whether you’re applying to workshops, residencies, or MFA programs, or polishing a piece to submit to lit mags or writing contests, or seeking notes for any reason, we are so pleased to offer editorial feedback on flash fiction and short stories up to 6,000 words. Learn more here.


For all contest information, including submission guidelines, please visit our Awards, Calendar, and Submit pages, and our Submittable.

Other questions? Send to contact@craftliterary.com

Submission questions, concerns, and inquiries can be sent to a staff member at: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

To submit a story or learn more about our guidelines, click the submit button.

Author’s Rights

CRAFT holds first serial publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following CRAFT’s first publication. For reprints we ask for acknowledgement of its publication in CRAFT first.