The Airgonaut seeks flash stories of absurdism, fabulism, magic realism, and surrealism. Below are more specifics that may improve your chances of publication.

Unique

I have the long-held belief that every writer has his or her own unique way of seeing the world. That said, what I’m expecting is a short story from you that only you could have written. Time to shed those influences. If it sounds like Roth or Atwood and Roth or Atwood didn’t send it, it’s not going to work for me.

Courageous

Too many writers are working safe these days. Literature has never moved forward an inch by writers playing it safe. If you’re fairly sure you want to write to fit a certain mold, send your work elsewhere. I’m looking for courageous writers more concerned with saying something bold than writers hoping to fit in.

Short

I love flash fiction. Stories between 250 and 1,000 words are some of the best being written today. It’s a form that cannot get enough attention, so another journal to showcase it makes a lot of sense to me.

Fun

Over time writers tend to write stories simply because they can, they have that talent. What is lost by doing this is the sense of fun and discovery they likely had at the beginning of their careers. The white page should not be a place writers go to do nothing more than what they are able. It should be a place where, like children, they see endless possibilities that bring smiles to their faces. If you didn’t have fun writing your story, it’s probably not going to be much fun for me to read it.

Polished

It goes without saying that any literary journal will have to endure its fair share of amateur work. However, if you’re serious enough to be submitting your writing for possible publication, you should be serious enough to make sure it’s the best work you can manage at that time. Polish it and make it a goal to present yourself as a professional.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Send one (1) previously unpublished story of no more than 1,000 words as an rtf., doc., or docx. attachment along with a brief author’s bio to theairgonautship at gmail dot com.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let me know immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please wait one month after hearing back from me before submitting again.

Currently I cannot pay authors. However, I will champion your work as if it was my own, for what that’s worth.

The Airgonaut does not publish poetry or nonfiction.

If any of the general guidelines above are not followed in the received submission, that submission will not be considered or responded to at all. Those are the breaks.