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This is a list of places to submit flash and shorter fiction (non-fiction too, in many cases). Many journals top out submissions at 5,000, 10,000 or 20,000 words, but you won’t find them here. This compilation lists journals that specialize in lesser word counts and publish on a regular basis. Some are (paid) markets and/or have additional competitions. Check the publications’ guidelines for details, genre or theme preferences and submission windows. Please note, some of these publications may charge a (reading fee). There are many contests out there too, but I have avoided those listings, knowing not if they will be repeated.

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3 Elements | fiction or nonfiction to 3,500 words.

5×5 | 500 words or less.

50-word Stories | umm, 50 words. (and they published mine)

*82 Review | up to 1,000 + other creative opportunities for your words.

100 Word Story | one hundred. (reading fee) plus a free 100-word photo prompt.

101 Fiction | 1 word title, 100 word story.

365 Tomorrows | up to 600 words. they published one of my stories.

600 Second Sagas | podcast stories, 750 to 1,000 words.

805 Lit + Art | max 2,500 words.

six feet under– 50 to 1 | 200 CCs | 200 Word Tuesdays |

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A-Minor | flash 100-1,000, prose 1,000-4,000.

A&U Magazine | no longer than 1,200 words.

A Quiet Courage | no more than 100 words maximum, titles not included. They published my story, er, haiku.

A Story In 100 Words | the name is the word count.

Ad Hoc Fiction | 150 words or less based on their prompt.

After Hours | five page max (approx. 1,200 words of double-spaced manuscript).

Aftermath | between 500 and 3,000 words. (paid)

After The Pause | no more than 1,000 words.

The Airgonaut | stories between 250 and 1,000 words.

Aji Magazine | up to 12 pages (approximately 3,000 words).

Akashic Books | flash fiction web submissions with up 750 words.

Alliterati new | 3,000 words.

all the sins | stories up to 2,000 words.

Alsina Publishing | between 400 and 1,200 words. (paid royalties)

Altered Reality Magazine | minimum word count 1. maximum word count 1,500.

Ambush Review | 250 words or fewer.

Anderbo.com | fiction 3,500, fact 1,500 words.

Anthologia | between 500 to 1,000 words.

AntipodeanSF | between 500 and 1,000 words.

The Apple Valley Review | 100 to 4,000 words.

Apprehension Magazine  | fiction/nonfiction no longer than 15 pages double spaced (approx 3,750 words).

The Arcanist new | stories that are 1,000 words or less. (paid)

Ariel Chart new | 1,500 words or less.

Arsenika | up to 1,000 words. (paid) 

Atlas and Alice | fiction to 4,000, creative nonfiction to 4,500.

Atticus Review | fiction and nonfiction to 4,000 words. they especially like flash.

arrivederci– A3 Review | Abbreviate Journal | Apeiron Review | Avis Magazine |

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BGD | between 850 and 1,100 words. (paid)

Backhand Stories | shorter is better, stories over 2,000 words are considered long.

Balloons Lit Journal | no more than 2,000 words.

Beach Reads | 900-word limit.

Beechwood Review | word count: 5 to 500 for fiction, 5 to 2,000 non-fiction.

Belletrist Magazine Online | fiction up to 1,500 words. (reading fee)

Bindweed Magazine | prose up to 3,000 words.

The Broken City | must not exceed 3,000 words.

The Bitchin’ Kitsch | keep submissions under 2,000 words.

Black Heart Magazine | maximum of 2,500 words.

Black Petals | 300 to 3,000 words preferred.

Black Rabbit | 900 words or less for fiction, 250 or less for non-fiction. (paid)

blækk | word count between 1,000 and 2,500.

blink-ink | 50 words, or close to it. (And they published my 50 words)

(b)OINK | 1,000 words or less. They also have a monthly literary magazine.

Blue Fifth Review | flash fiction up to 1,000 words.

Blue Marble Review | fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words. (paid)

Blue Stoat | no more than 1,000 words.

The Boiler | pieces up to 3,500 words.

The Bookends Review  | up to 3,000 words.

Bracken | up to 2,500 words. (paid)

Brevity | non-fiction only, 750 words or less. (paid)

Brilliant Flash Fiction | 1,000 words or less.

Brittle Paper | fiction of no more than 2,500 words.

Brittle Star | literary fiction up to 2,000 words.

Broadsided Press | 300 words of prose or less. (reading fee)

The Broke Bohemian | should be 2,000 words or fewer.

Buckshot Magazine | 500-2,000 word. (paid)

Bull and Cross | prose only, up to 2,500 words.

Bust | various categories, all under 2,500 words.

buh-bye– Baby Shoes Project | Bard Quarterly | Bide | Blotterature | Boston Literary Magazine |

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Cafe Aphra | up to 500 words for Flash Fiction Friday. they also published my story.

The Cafe Irreal | up to 2,000 words. (paid)

Cake | no more than 500 words of prose.

Calamus Journal | 700 words maximum.

canthius | limit prose submissions to 3,500 words. (paid)

CarpeArte Journal | 100 to 1,000 words, exceptional writing to 1,500.

The Caterpillar  | no longer than 1,000 words.

Cat on a Leash Review | stories between 1,000 and 2,500 words.

Cavalcade of Terror | under 1,000 words. (paid)

Cease Cows | submit as many stories that equal 1,500 words.

Centum Press | 1,500 words or less in length. (paid in royalties)

Chronicle | hosts stories up to 1,000 words.

Cheap Pop Lit | 500 words or less.

Cicatrix | up to 2,500 words.

The Citron Review  | micro fiction to 100, flash fiction to 1,000. CNF too, like mine they published.

Cold Creek Review  | no longer than 4,000 words.

Come As You Are | no more than 750 words.

Concīs | they are all about brevity, but have a minimum length of one character. (paid)

Conduit | up to 3,500 words.

The Conium Review | their online publication is devotes to bite-sized writing, roughly 1,000 words or less.

Contrary | we feel more comfortable with 1,500 words or less. (paid)

Crab Fat Magazine | 1,100 to 2,500 preferred for short stories, 1,000 or less for flash.

Cuento Magazine | Twitter-based, up to 140 characters. they published my microfiction.

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Daily Science Fiction | 100 to 1,500 words. (paid)

Dame | generally 800 to 2,000 words.

Dark City Soul Magazine | nothing over 1,000 words. (paid)

Deadman’s Tome | word count 2k to 4k approx. paid in royalties.

DECASP | bite-sized chunks of humor, from one-liners to 800-ish word short stories.

Degenerate Literature  | poetry and flash fiction.

Digging Through The Fat | 2,000 words max.

Dime Show Review new | up to 3,000 words.

District Lit | rarely publish pieces over 4,000 words.

DOGZPLOT | 200 words or less.

Downstate Story | under 2,000 words. (paid)

The Drabble | no more than 100 words. and they published my story.

The Drabblecast | 100-word or 100-character stories and short fiction to 4,000 words.

Drafthorse | under 3,000 words

Dream Pop Journal new | 15 pages (approx 3,750 words) maximum.

Dreams & Nightmares | up to two single-spaced types pages, but prefer less than one. (paid)

Dying Dahlia | under 1, 000 words.

departed– Dash | Donut Factory |

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Edify Fiction  | prose should be 4,000 words or less.

The Ekphrastic Review | brief is best. under 1,800 okay, under 1,000 good, under 500 better.

Emerge Literary Journal | up to 750 words.

Enchanted Conversation new | no shorter than 700 words and no longer than 3,000.

Escarp | Twitter-based, up to 140 characters. (and they published my tweet)

The Establishment | up to 3,000 words. (paid)

etre | typically 400-1,000 for fiction, 700-1,500 for essays.

Every Day Fiction | up to 1,000 words. (paid) and they published my story.

Every Pigeon | fiction or non-fiction 500-2,500 words.

Existere new | 3,500 word limit.

evaporated– The EEEL | ESC[zine] |

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Farther Stars Than These | ideally in the 500-700 range, but no longer than 1,000 words. (They published my story, too.)

Feathertale | no longer than 2,500 words.

Fewer Than 500 | the title is the word count. They published my story.

Fiction Pool | up to 2,500 words.

Fiction Southeast | approximately 1,500 words or less. (reading fee)

Fictional Pairings | 200 to 1,000 words. (paid)

Fictive Dream | between 500 and 2,500 words.

Firefly Magazine | short stories < 3,000, flash fiction < 500.

Firewords | under 2,000 words.

Flash 500 | 500-word limit, as one might expect. (reading fee)

Flash, the international short story magazine | up to 360 words.

Flash Bang Mysteries | between 500 and 750 words. (paid)

Flashbytes | 1,500 words or less.

Flash Fiction Magazine | 300 to 1,000 words. They also have a contest at 101words.org.

Flash Fiction Online | 500-1000 words. (paid)

Flash Fiction Press | between 250 and 1,200 words. (paid) and they published my story 

flash flash click | fewer than 1,000 words.

Flash Frontier | up to 250 words.

Foliate Oak | flash preferred, rarely do they publish anything over 2,700 words.

Fortnightly Fiction | no more than 3,000 words (under Literature section).

The Fourth River |no more than 500 words of prose for their Tributaries showcase.

Foxglove Journal | up to 600 words.

Freeze Frame Fiction | up to 1,000 words. (paid)

Friday Flash Fiction | 100-words stories and longer stories.

Frogmore Press | 2,000 words is generally plenty.

Funny in Five Hundred | funny, it’s 500 words or less.

Funny Times | 500 to 700 words. (paid)

fallen– flash flash click | Flash Stories for Flash People | Flashes in the Dark | Flashes in the Pan | Flight Journal | Fuselit |

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GFT Press | flash up to 1,000, creative non-fiction to 2,000.

Gambling the Aisle | 300 words or fewer.

Gathering Storm Magazine | up to 2,000 words. (paid)

The Ghastling | no longer than 3,500 words.

Ghost Parachute | 1,000 words of less.

Gold Dust | maximum wordcount 3,000.

The Golden Key | under 3,000 words. (paid)

Gravel | 25 to 3,000 words.

Great Weather for Media | maximum word count 2,500. (paid)

Grievous Angel | maximum 700 words (paid)

Guardian Angel Kids | fiction to 500, articles to 700 words. (paid)

Gutter | prose up to 3,500 words.

gone– Gigantic |

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Halo Literary Magazine | 1,000 words or fewer.

The Ham Free Press | maximum of 4,000 words.

The Harpoon Review | no longer than 1,100 words.

Haunted Waters Press | various pubs, some with short (500) and shorter (15) word counts.

Headcoat Press | keep it 300 words or fewer.

Healing Muse | 2,500 word max.

Helen | short fiction between 50 to 1,500 words, creative nonfiction should be between 1,500 to 4,000 words. (paid)

herizons | up to 3,000 words.

The HitchLit Review | short prose up to 3,500 words.

Here Comes Everyone | max 2,500 words.

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal | max 3,000 words.

The Higgs Weldon | 1,000 words or fewer.

Highlights’ High Five | 170 words or less.

Hippocampus Magazine new | 4,000 words max. (reading fee)

Hoot | 150 words. (paid, but it’s complicated) and there’s a (reading fee)

Horror Scribes | up to 300 words.

Horror Tree’s Trembling With Fear | weekly shorts (under 1,500 words) and drabbles (100 words exactly).

Hotel | 3,000 words of prose.

Hungry Chimera | word count under 2,500.

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The Ilanot Review | stories up to 4,000 words, CNF to 3,000.

Inch | 750 for fiction, 700 for non-fiction. paid with copies.

Ink Drift new | maximum word limit for a short story is 2,000.

Inkspill Magazine | many submission categories, some (paid), all under 3,000 words.

Ink, Sweat and Tears | maximum word length is 750.

The Interpreter’s House | under 2,000 words.

Intrinsick | total word count 2,000 or less. they published my story.

The Island Review | 3,000 words for fiction or nonfiction.

Jellyfish Review | maximum word length: 1,000 words.

Journal of Compressed Creative Arts | they say: what form “compression” takes in each artist’s work will be up to each individual. (paid)

in memorium– Ink in Thirds |

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The Kid’s Ark | no longer than 650 at a 6-10 year old reading level. (paid)

KYSO Flash | fiction up to 1,000 words and essays to 2,000. There is a (reading fee) and you get paid in copies of their annual print anthology.

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Ladybug Magazine | stories for ages 3-6. up to 800 words. (paid)

Leopardskin & Limes | 0 to 3,000 words.

Liar’s League | 800 to 2,000 words long.

Likely Red  | under 4,000 words. (paid)

Lines+Stars  | poetry and short prose of all kinds.

Lipstick Party Magazine | 750 for flash fiction, 1,500 for other prose.

Liisbeth | typically 500-2,000 words. (paid)

Lilith | various categories, all under 3,000 words.

Lit.Cat | short writings under 2,000 words.

Literally Stories | 500 to 3,000 words.

The Literary End | about 50 words, which they will take and use with an image of a rear end. no, really.

Literary Fever | keep your stories under 2,000 words

Literary Juice | pulp stories of 25 words, flash to 1,000, shorts up to 2,500.

Literary Orphans | anything up to 2,000. 1,500 is the sweet spot.

Little Blue Marble new | up to 2,000 words. (paid in Canadian dollars)

Long Exposure Magazine | 700 words or less.

Long Short Story | up to 2,000 words. (paid, if you are a member)

losslit | flash: 500 max, short stories: 3,000 max, creative essays: 2,000 max.

Lost Balloon  | under 1,000, and 500-word micro-stories are even better.

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The Machinery | 300 to 1,000 words.

Mad Swirl | do not exceed 1,000 words.

Manawaker Studio | flash fiction podcast. 800 words is the ideal length, but will consider work between 250 and 1,500. (paid)

matchbook | not a hard limit of 1,000 words, but they prefer shorter works. (paid)

Matchbook Stories | under 150 words.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | absolute maximum of 1,500 words.

Meniscus | up to 3,000 words.

Metonym | up to 2,000 words.

Microcosms | 300 words or fewer.

Microfiction Monday Magazine | 100 words or less, not including title. they published my story.

Minetta Review  | less than 1,500 words. paid in copies.

Minute Magazine  | 1,500 words max.

Mistress | should not exceed 2,000 words.

Moledro Magazine  | limit to 1,500 words.

The Molotov Cocktail | under 1,000 words, although they prefer them in the range of 300-600.

Mom Egg Review | 850 words or fewer. (reading fee)

Monkeybicycle | two ways: stories of up to 2,000 words + one sentence stories.

Moonglasses Magazine | up to 2,500 words.

Moonsick Magazine  | stories between 5 and 1,500 words.

Morgen Bailey’s Blog | three opportunities: accepts 500 words, 100 words and 6-word stories.

Motherwell | parenting stories in several categories, all under 1,400 words.

Mslexia | for women who write. most requests for submissions are in the 200-300 word range.

Muse India | short fiction in the range of 2,000-2,500 words.

moved on– Mash Stories | microliterature | micro//macro | Mytholog |

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NANO Fiction | 300 words or less. (paid)

Nanoism | 140 characters max. (paid)

Nasty | up to 1,500 words. (paid), site contents are erotic and explicit.

Nature Futures | 850 to 950 words. (paid)

New Delta Review | prefer stories around 3,000 words.

New Flash Fiction Review | word count 1,000 words.

NibbleReads new | exactly 100 words, excluding the title.

No Extra Words | under 2,000 words, preference given to stories less than 1,000.

The Norwegian American | fiction up to 1,500 words, 1,000 or fewer preferred. (paid)

The Nottingham Review | 100-3,000 words.

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Odet | maximum 2,500 words.

Ofi Press Magazine | stories under 2,000 words.

Okey-Panky | under 1,500 words. (paid)

The Olive Press  | flash to 500, fiction to 1,500.

Ology Journal | under 2,500 words.

Open Pen new | between 50 and 4,000 words.

Open Thought Vortex | do not surpass 3,000 words.

obsolete– Oblong | One Frame Stories | The Open Mic | Our Hearts Still Beat |

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Page & Spine | flash to 1,000, short stories to 3,000 (paid). They published my story.

Pank Magazine | keep it under 1,000 words.

Panoply | prose to 500 words or less.

Parabola | essays, rarely fiction, 1,000-3,000 words. retellings of traditional stories 150-500 words. (paid)

Paragraph Planet | exactly 75 words including title.

Paterson Literary Review | under 1,500 words.

Peacock Journal | 500 to 2,000 words.

Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine | also publishes flash up to 1,000 words.

Penny | between 500 and 2,500 words, some submission categories (paid).

Penultimate Peanut new | 2,000 word count limit.

Peril | limit of 1,000 words. (paid) if you’re an Australian.

Phobos Magazine | flash to 1,000, shorts up to 2,500.

Phoebe Journal  | up to 4,000 words. paid in print editions.

The Phoenix Soul | prose: maximum word count 1,000. shorter has a higher rate of acceptance.

Pigeonholes  | fiction to 1,500 words.

Pockets | 600 to 1,000 words for readers between 6 and 12

Ponder Review | 3,000 or less.

Postcard Shorts new | about 250 words or so.

Pretty Owl Poetry | fiction too, up to 2,000 words.

Progenitor | prose work should not exceed 2,500 words.

Pulp Metal Magazine | fiction and nonfiction of no more than 2,500 words.

Pure Slush | 500 word limit.

The Pygmy Giant | UK flash fiction and non-fiction under 800 words.

passed away– Pale Ghosts | Passing Through | Pound of Flash |

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Queen’s Quarterly  | submissions over 2,500 words will not be considered.

Quilliad Press  | 500 words max for flash, under 2,000 for short stories.

RPD Society | flash to 750, short stories to 1,100.

Red Queen Literary Magazine | 1,500 word limit.

Red Room Magazine  | extreme horror up to 4,000 words. (paid)

Reflex Fiction | between 180 and 360 words. (reading fee)

Requited  | under 2,500 words, around 1,000 is preferred.

Rhino | poetry journal accepts flash up to 500 words.

Rhubarb Magazine  | fiction and non-fiction up to 2,500 words.

Ricepaper Magazine  | many submission opportunities, all under 3,000 words.

Ricochet Review | flash fiction, short form creative nonfiction + more.

Rigorous  | a maximum of 3,000 words.

Riddle Fence  | 3,000 words, if it’s brilliant, a bit longer.

Riddled With Arrows | stories up to 1,500 words, the sweet spot being 500-1,000. (paid)

Right Hand Pointing | up to 500 words.

Ripen The Page | 1,000 words or less.

Room Magazine  | up to 3,500 words. (paid)

A Room of Her Own | up to 500 words.

rest in peace– recompose | Referential Magazine | The Reject Pile | Romance Flash |

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Sad | many opportunities, none of which is over 2,000 words.

Salomé | 100-500 for flash, 500-3,500 for fiction or non-fiction.

Sasee | no more than 500 to 1,000 words.

Scaffolding Magazine new | 3,000 words or less. (paid royalties)

Scarborough Fair | flash to 800 words, short stories to 2,500.

Scrutiny Journal | between 500 and 3,500 words. (paid royalties)

Seizure | between 50 and 500 words. (paid)

Seven by Twenty | Twitter-based, up to 140 characters. they published my microfiction.

Short Fiction Break | no more than 2,500 words.

Shotgun Honey | 700 words.

#thesideshow | 1,000 words or less

Silver Birch Press | 300 words or fewer.

Skald’s Circle new | short fiction with up to 3,000 words.

Skewed Lit | all prose under 1,500 words.

skirt! magazine | essay submissions between 800 and 1,100 words. (paid)

SmokeLong Quarterly | up to 1,000 words

Snapdragon Journal  | poetry and creative nonfiction up to 4,000 words.

Solarcide  | word count is 1,000 to 3,000 words. (paid)

So To Speak  | not to exceed 4,000 (fiction) or 4,500 (nonfiction).

Spartan | prose submissions of 2,000 words or less. (paid)

Spectrum Lit new | 1,500 words, no exceptions. (paid)

SPEC*U*LA*TIVE 66 | 66 words, no more, no less (not including title).

Spelk | around 500 words, give or take.

Spirit’s Tincture | microfiction 100-500, flash fiction 500-1,000.

Splickety Publishing Group | 100 to 1,000 words for their imprints: Splickety Prime, Havoc, Splickety Love. (paid)

Split Rock Review | no longer than 2,500 words.

Spry Literary Journal | word limits: flash 750, fiction or creative non-fiction 2,500.

Spy Kids Review | 2,000 words or less.

Starwheel | fiction or non, up to 500 words. (paid)

Stepping Stones Magazine | fiction to 4,000, nonfiction to 2,000.

Story and Grit | from 700 to 2,000 words.

Storyland | flash pieces up to 1,000 words.

Story Seed Vault new | micro-fiction stories that are a maximum of 140 characters. (paid)

Story Shack | 1,000 words or less.

strippedlit500 | up to 500 words excluding title.

Subtle Fiction  | one long story no more than 3,000 words, flash to 500.

Synaesthesia | up to 2,500 words. (paid)

succumbed– Scapegoat Review | Seakay’s | Skipping Stones | SpecLit |

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Tattoo Highway new | 1,000 words or fewer.

Tell Us A Story | stories about true things, up to 2,000 words.

Temenos  | rarely publish work over 4,000 words. (reading fee)

tenderness, yea new | fiction and nonfiction of up to 2,000 words.

Terribly Tiny Tales | various categories and character counts, maxing out at 2,000 (characters, not words).

Third Flatiron | flash humor about 600 words, stories between 1,500 and 3,000.

Third Point Press new | up to 3,500 words. (paid)

Third Wednesday | short fiction of up to 1,500 words. (paid)

Threadcount | typically accepts work with fewer than 1,000 words.

Three Drops From A Cauldron | 500 words or less.

Tin House: Flash Fridays | 1,000 words or fewer.

TQ Review | no more than 3,000 words.

Turn to Ash | up to 3,000, but shorter is better. (paid)

Twisted Sister Lit Mag | up to 3,000 words for stories, but likes flash fiction to top out at 600.

Two Sentence Stories | that’s right, two sentences.

ta-taa– text lit mag | Tracer |

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Understorey Magazine | keep submissions under 1,500 words. (paid)

Under The Radar | maximum 2,500 to 3,000 words.

Uprising Review  | flash under 1,500, short stories under 3,000. (paid)

Vagabonds
 | 2,000 words max, no min.

Vandercave | 1,250 words or fewer.

Vending Machine Press | no longer than 3,000 words.

Vestal Review | up to 500 words. (paid)

The Vignette Review | 300 to 900 words.

Vinyl new | 15 pages (approx 3,750 words) limit for prose, 2,000 for essay.

VioletRising | fiction should not exceed eight pages (approx. 2,000 words).

Visitant | limited to 1,500 words.

Visual Verse | 50 to 500 words based in their picture prompts.

vamoosed– Vine Leaves Journal |

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Wanderful | at least 750 words and no longer than 2,500. (paid)

The Were-Traveler | word counts for various categories of submissions, 100 to 2,000.

West Texas Literary Review | flash up to 1,000, essays to 2,500.

Wig Leaf | under 1,000 words.

Wildflower Muse | preferably no longer than 2,000 words.

Wildness | stories under 3,000 words.

Windmill (Online) | prefer in the range of 1,500-2,500 words for their online content.

Witch Craft Magazine | prose max 3,000, essays max 2,000.

With Painted Words | up to 1,000 words. (paid)

The Women Inc. | they prefer contributions between 1000-2000 words.

Women’s Voices for Change
typical entries are between 1,000 and 1,500 words. (paid)

Wordgathering | 1,000 to 2,000 words.

Word-o-Mat new | under 2,000 words.

Worlds Without Master | 2,500 words or less. (paid)

wow! | articles from 1,000 to 3,000 words. (paid)

went away– Wendy’s Subway | Writer’s Ezine |

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Yellow Chair Review | 1,000 words or less.

ZeroFlash | up to 300 words. and they published my story.

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