KYSO Flash

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The reading period for the Spring 2018 issue of KYSO Flash (KF-9) is open for submissions from 1 December 2017 thru 31 January 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Please submit original, unpublished works.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.

Submissions are read "blind" to ensure impartiality, and thus should NOT include author's name, address, 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.