Non-Traditional Formats

Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Other Short Works

Thinking Ink Press publishes standalone flash fiction, poetry, short stories, and other short works 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.
  • Poetry Postcards let you send poems through the mail. The ideal length is about 30 lines or fewer.
  • 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, and they can contain stories, poetry, or any other genre. 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 piece or multiple pieces. Some Snapbooks are also published as ebook editions.

Note: Work is evaluated on an individual basis to see which format is best.

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