Submission Guidelines

Flash Frog is currently only open for Flash Frogtober submissions. This means we want your GHOST STORIES! And to ensure each story has the best original artwork to accompany it, now is the time to get them in! (July 1 – Aug 15) Send us your traditional ghost stories, the ones that haunt and scare. Send us your unconventional ghost stories, the ones that make us rethink what a ghost story can be. We are open to your interpretation—surprise us!

Please put “FLASH FROGTOBER – Story Title” in the subject line. Please DO NOT send us regular submissions during this time. They will be returned unread. We will reopen for regular subs on August 16th.

All of the standard guidelines below still apply.


  • Flash Frog publishes flash fiction only (no poetry or CNF please).
  • 1,000 words maximum.
  • Please email stories to
  • Please attach the story as .doc, .docx, or .rtf.
  • Please use this format as the subject: FLASH FROGTOBER — Story Title
  • Cover letters are okay, but please do not explain or set up your story. Let it speak for itself. Please do include a third-person bio (100 words max) in the body of the email.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please email to withdraw your piece as soon as it has been accepted elsewhere. We’d love to congratulate you!
  • Multiple submissions are not okay. Please send only one story at a time and wait until you hear back before sending another.
  • All submissions should be the author’s original work and not previously published elsewhere (this includes blogs, social media, etc.)
  • Publication rights: We ask for the right to display the work for the duration of the journal. Copyright remains with the writer in all cases. If your work is subsequently reprinted elsewhere, please acknowledge Flash Frog as the site of first publication.
  • Response time: 1-3 months, but likely much sooner. Please do not inquire about your submission before 3 months have passed.
  • Payment: Flash Frog pays $25 per story upon publication. Payments are issued via PayPal. To help ensure we can remain a paying market, please consider a small donation. Every dollar helps!
  • If you publish in Flash Frog, please wait 6 months before submitting again.

** IMPORTANT: Because we commission artwork for each accepted story, it is imperative that once your story is accepted by Flash Frog you do not rescind it, as an artist may have already begun working on a piece for your story **


(*All dates for 2021 are now filled. Please consider reaching out in late fall to sign up for 2022*)

Flash Frog is always looking for new artists to help create original artwork to accompany each story.

  • Please email with a link to your work or include a couple samples in the email.
  • Open to all mediums.
  • Please indicate your level of availability and interest. Generally we are looking for a commitment anywhere between 2-6 pieces (does not have to be consecutively).
  • Please be aware that deadlines are a real thing.
  • We would ask for the rights to use the art for the duration of the journal. Copyright remains with the artist.
  • Payment: Flash Frog pays $25 per piece of art upon publication. Payments are issued via PayPal. To help ensure we can remain a paying market, please consider a small donation. Every dollar helps!