Submissions

Come one, come all – Fiction Kitchen Berlin is open for flash fiction submissions! We want to see what’s inside your soul. What makes you tick. We want to see the thoughts that haunt your imagination, that keep you awake at night. We want your stories!

What are you waiting for? Send them in now!

WHAT WE ACCEPT

  • Accepting submissions for publication in November 2020, and January & February 2021.
  • Flash fiction stories at/under 1,000 words (try to aim for the magic “sweet spot” of about 600 words).
  • We want to read complete stories that are weird, strange, surreal, gripping, speculative, and imaginative. Stories with a dystopian vibe or folklore edge will get special attention! Whatever you send, just make sure it’s your best work. We want to be blown away!
  • New, previously unpublished work only.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please inform us if it gets picked up elsewhere.
  • Submissions from expats living in Berlin preferred – but open to all authors, everywhere! (we don’t want geography to get in the way of a great story).

WHAT WE DON’T ACCEPT

  • Bad writing, or writing riddled with typos, errors, etc. Please triple check your work before submitting – we want to see your best work!
  • Here are a few things to avoid:
    Not fond of: Dark subject matter, such as violence, loss, trauma, grief, etc. Chances of us publishing something along these lines is really low.
    Don’t want to see: No poetry, no cheesy romance, no balls-to-the-wall erotica (but sexual content is fine), and no biography-type stories

HOW TO SUBMIT

Send an email to: Submissions (@) Fictionkitchen.Berlin and include the following information:

  • Subject line: Submission_Name of work_Your surname
  • Body of the mail: Please include a brief cover letter and your bio (third person/max. 50 words). Your bio will be posted underneath your story. Please also include your social media handles (if possible), and any links you would like to share e.g. link to your own blog, etc.
  • The story: If you haven’t already, please start using Shunn’s short story format for your submissions. This has quickly become the de-facto template these days for submissions via email
  • Please attach .doc or .docx files only

We will either get back to you within a day (if you catch us at a good moment) or at least within three to four weeks. If a good few weeks pass and you still don’t hear anything, please do reach out.

Should we accept (or reject) your story for the Kitchen, please wait at least a month before submitting again.

ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS

If you submit your story to Fiction Kitchen Berlin, and are accepted, you agree to the following: We ask for rights that are first, world, serial, online/electronic, and non-exclusive. We also ask for archival and anthology rights. What does this mean? Basically: we want to be first to publish your story, make it available anywhere in the world, have the right to print it in our literary magazine, to make it available on our website (including the right to archive it there), and to have it part of an anthology if required. Non-exclusive means that you are free to publish your story on other sites/magazines if you like. Additionally, you agree that we can pick a nice image for your work that matches both the aesthetic feel of the site, and the theme of your story. Please note that if we accept your story, we may apply minor edits to it without notification – but we will do our best to inform you.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

As dedicated volunteers, we are unfortunately unable to provide payment to authors. However, here is what you can expect if your work is accepted:

  • No submission fees – unless of course we are running a special competition with prizes.
  • Your own author section on Fiction Kitchen Berlin – all your published stories will be gathered there. Think of it as your mini-website! The more you submit to us (and the more stories we post from you), the better your page will look. Get posting today!
  • Promotion of your story on social media. Not only via our own site and social media channels, but we will also promote via other Facebook flash fiction groups too!
  • Inclusion of your story in our new bi-annual literary journal! If your story appears in an issue, we will send you a free digital copy. This also includes our anthologies.
  • Support and editing advice.
  • And, as a one-time extra bonus, some good karma!*

*Not quite sure what that last line means either.

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