Flash Fiction and Short Story Publishing Formats

Flash Fiction and Short Story Publishing Formats

Thinking Ink Press publishes standalone flash fiction and short stories in the following print edition formats:

  • Flashcards are postcards with a complete flash fiction story and art. They can be addressed and mailed for the cost of a postcard stamp. The ideal length is about 100 to 300 words.
  • Instant Books are small books folded from a single sheet of paper. They are not stapled or cut into separate pieces. Stories can be from about 500-1,500 words, depending on the individual piece. Stories with a lot of dialog take up more space on a page because they require more paragraph breaks.
  • Snapbooks are the Thinking Ink Press take on chapbooks, but they are stories, not poetry. A Snapbook can be folded and stapled on the spine, or it can be perfect bound, which makes it a very short paperback book. The length can be around 3,000-11,000 words, with a single story or multiple stories. Some Snapbooks are also published as ebook editions.

Note: Stories are evaluated on an individual basis to see which format works best.

If you have a story that you’d like to see in one of these formats, please submit the entire story to queries@thinkinginkpress.com. We especially like stories with strong character arcs. Reprints are fine; just let us know where your story was previously published.