The reading period for KF-9, our Spring 2018 issue, is now open for submissions --  from December first, 2017 thru January 31st, 2018. KF-9 is scheduled to launch online no later than the first of March 2018.


Please submit original, unpublished works. Appearance on author websites and blogs, as well as on social media and sites such as Fictionaut, counts as previous publication.


Submission files are read "blind" to ensure impartiality, and thus should NOT include author's name, contact info, and bio. Many thanks for entering those details in the appropriate boxes provided by Submittable. 


What we're looking for: 

Evocative literary works that balance “music and meaning” (to borrow from poet Richard Hugo) within a max of 1,000 words* (including the title), and using forms such as these:

⚡  Prose poems

⚡  Micro-fiction (up to 500 words each)

⚡  Flash fiction (501–1,000 words per piece)

⚡  CNF, essays, interviews, memoirs, etc.

⚡  *Critical reviews and craft essays (2,000 words max, including author footnotes and references)

⚡  Fables, allegories, and parables, whether light or dark, written for adults

⚡  Hybrids such as haibun, haibun stories, haiga, tanka prose, and tanka tales

⚡  Ekphrastic works, in every genre we publish: fiction, nonfiction, lineated and prose poetry, hybrids such as haibun and tanka forms, and visual arts

⚡  Poetry, both free verse and formal, that travels the middle way between transparency and obscurity; i.e., accessible but with a measure of mystery


TIP: As we consider submissions to our journal, awards such as the Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net loom over the decisions we make. We look for works that Knock Your Socks Off, that is, prize-worthy material. Regardless of the genre, we cherish a unique voice, fresh language, and the sly use of literary devices such as metaphor and irony. We hope to be side-swiped, poked in the ribs, and otherwise smitten by an arresting idea, a compelling narrative, an exquisite lyric, or a moving account, all of which thread the perfect line between the personal and the universal. 


See our website for complete submission guidelines (including what we're not looking for): http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Basic manuscript formatting for submissions:

An 11- or 12-point, sans-serif font such as Verdana (no fancy or script fonts, please)

At least one-inch margins

Please number pages sequentially.

Double space prose works, except for prose poems, which may be single-spaced. Haibun and tanka forms may be single-spaced as well.

Please submit all other forms of poetry (and/or lineated works) with line breaks and other formatting as you would prefer the piece(s) to appear onscreen.


Thanks so much! We look forward to reading your work.


Ends on January 31, 2018$2.00
$2.00
Within this category, only one work may be included within a single file. If the file contains more than one piece, then only the first piece will be considered.

There is no limit on the total number of single-piece submissions from each writer, as long as each submission is accompanied by payment of two dollars.

No names, contact info, and bios within files:
Because we prefer to read submissions "blind" to be as impartial as possible, please do NOT include your name, address, and/or bio within the file(s) you upload -- or within the file name itself. Instead, such details should be included in the appropriate boxes provided at Submittable.

Simultaneous submissions (aka sim-subs) are okay -- but please be professional and let us know upfront if your works are under consideration by other venues. Many thanks for immediately  withdrawing works that are accepted elsewhere.

Word Counts: Craft essays and critical reviews must be no longer than 2,000 words each, including author footnotes and references.

To meet the definition of flash (and to be eligible for nominations for awards like The Best Small Fictions), all other works must be no longer than 1,000 words each -- including text, title, and any footnotes. One-word titles are acceptable.

Please note that we do not count lines of poetry; word-count restrictions apply to lineated works as well.

Extra points for including, in brackets after the title of each piece, the genre, sub-genre, or hybrid; for example: [ekphrastic CNF/prose poem]. 

Complete guidelines are available at our website: 
http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to considering your work!

Ends on January 31, 2018$3.00
$3.00
Within this category, up to three works, in any combination of the genres we publish, may be uploaded within a single file.

There is no limit on the number of triple-piece submissions from each person, as long as payment of three dollars accompanies each submission of up to three works.

Only 3 works may be included within each file,
and each file must be uploaded separately. If any file contains more than three pieces, then only the first three pieces will be considered. Again, each submission of three works requires a three-dollar payment.

No names, contact info, and bios within files: Because we prefer to read submissions "blind" to be as impartial as possible, please do NOT include your name, address, and/or bio within the file(s) you upload -- or within the file name itself. Instead, such details should be included in the appropriate boxes provided at Submittable. 

Simultaneous submissions (aka sim-subs) are okay -- but please be professional and let us know upfront if any of your works are under consideration by other venues. Many thanks for immediately withdrawing any works that are accepted elsewhere.

Word Counts: Craft essays and critical reviews must be no longer than 2,000 words each, including author footnotes and references.

To meet the definition of flash (and to be eligible for nominations for awards like The Best Small Fictions), all other works whatever the genre must be no longer than 1,000 words each -- including text, title, and any footnotes. One-word titles are acceptable.

Please note that we do not count lines of poetry; word-count restrictions apply to lineated works as well.

Extra points for including, in brackets after the title of each piece, the genre, sub-genre, or hybrid; for example: [ekphrastic CNF/prose poem]. 

Complete guidelines are available at our website: 
http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to considering your work!


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Footnote re Our Marking System: 

Only the acceptance of all pieces within a submission will result in us marking the entire submission with a green check mark in Submittable; if we accept only one or two of multiple works from the group, then we believe it’s more accurate to mark the submission as Completed (a blue status), since one or more pieces were not accepted. If we accept none of the pieces in the group, then we mark the entire submission as Declined (a red status). 

We have used this system of marking submissions of multiple pieces since the debut of KYSO Flash in 2014, and learned only recently that a few writers object to the blue Completed status—much preferring the green status even when only one piece in a group has been accepted. This is why we now offer the single-piece submission category, “One piece for $2.”
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Ends on January 31, 2018$5.00
$5.00
Within this category, up to a total of seven works, in any combination of genres that we publish, may be uploaded within a single file.

We will consider only one submission of up to seven pieces within this category.

No names, contact info, and bios within the file: Because we prefer to read submissions "blind" to be as impartial as possible, please do NOT include your name, address, and/or bio within the file you upload -- or within the file name itself. Instead, such details should be included in the appropriate boxes provided at Submittable. 

Simultaneous submissions (aka sim-subs) are okay -- but please be professional and let us know upfront if any of your works are under consideration by other venues. Many thanks for immediately withdrawing any works that are accepted elsewhere.

Word Counts: Craft essays and critical reviews must be no longer than 2,000 words each, including author footnotes and references.

To meet the definition of flash (and to be eligible for nominations for awards like The Best Small Fictions), all other works whatever the genre must be no longer than 1,000 words each -- including text, title, and any footnotes. One-word titles are acceptable.

Please note that we do not count lines of poetry; word-count restrictions apply to lineated works as well.

Extra points for including, in brackets after the title of each piece, the genre, sub-genre, or hybrid; for example: [ekphrastic CNF/prose poem]. 

Complete guidelines are available at our website: 
http://www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx


Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We look forward to considering your work!

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Footnote re Our Marking System: 

Only the acceptance of all pieces within a submission will result in us marking the entire submission with a green check mark in Submittable; if we accept only one or two of multiple works from the group, then we believe it’s more accurate to mark the submission as Completed (a blue status), since one or more pieces were not accepted. If we accept none of the pieces in the group, then we mark the entire submission as Declined (a red status). 

We have used this system of marking submissions of multiple pieces since the debut of KYSO Flash in 2014, and learned only recently that a few writers object to the blue Completed status—much preferring the green status even when only one piece in a group has been accepted. This is why we now offer the single-piece submission category, “One piece for $2.”
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