Theme of Absence publishes speculative flash fiction and the occasional longer piece. All styles are welcome, including humor, as long as the story includes elements of horror, science fiction, or fantasy. Spine tingling ghost stories are just as welcome as robots and spaceships.
The maximum word count is 1000 for flash fiction and 3000 for short stories. We’re a token paying market, offering $3.00 for stories under 1000 words and $5.00 for longer pieces.
The token pay can either by paid through Paypal or you can waive the payment and consider it a donation to the cost of the site. As a contributor, you’ll get an author bio at the end of your story and up to two links you’d like to share. I also offer interview posts to all of our published authors.
I’m not currently accepting reprints, multiple, or simultaneous submissions. A story that has at any point been made publicly available in print or online (including personal blogs) is considered previously published and will not be accepted.
I won’t seek any rights, other than the non-exclusive right to archive the story here as long as the site is live. Bear in mind that a large percent of publications will not accept pieces that have been previously published in print or online, so after your work is published at Theme of Absence, it can only be marketed elsewhere only as a reprint. All copyright is retained by the author.
If you agree with these terms, please submit your story in the following way:
How to submit: Email the story to email@example.com. In the subject, include the word “SUBMISSION”, your story title and word count. (Example: SUBMISSION: Hello Nurse, 666 words). Paste the story in the body of the email with no tabs or indents and a space between paragraphs. Include an author bio written in the third person with any links you’d like to share.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll try to respond quickly and I’ll look forward to reading your work.