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! Send them in now.  

WHAT WE ACCEPT

  • Flash fiction stories under 1,000 words (the “sweet spot” is about 600 words)
  • We want to read complete stories that are weird, strange, surreal, gripping, speculative, and imaginative. Whatever you send, just make sure it’s your best work. We want to be blown away!
  • Previously published work is fine
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed
  • 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 will provide some editing – but anything that requires a lot of work will be rejected. Show us your best work!
  • No poetry, no cheesy romance, no balls-to-the-wall erotica (but sexual content is fine if needed), and no biography-type stories please

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. 100 words). Your bio will be posted underneath your story. Also include any links needed 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 files only

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

If you do get accepted, you will retain all rights to your work after publication. However, you agree that we can publish the story on Fiction Kitchen Berlin, with a really nice image of our choosing to go with it.

Please note that there are there are no submission fees, and as this is a volunteer service, there is no payment to authors.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  • 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 the your piece on social media. Not only via our own channels but we will send links to external flash fiction Facebook Groups too
  • Inclusion of your story in a quarterly news update to our flash fiction meetup group in Berlin. Currently nearing 600 members (Oct. 2019)
  • And, as a one-time extra bonus, some good karma! *

*Not quite sure what that last line means either.

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