Story Submission Guidelines

Young Adulting Review is accepting flash fiction stories for the YA and middle-grade (MG) markets from 100 to 1,000 words in length. We accept up to three submissions per author, per season.

Within YA and MG, we accept contemporary fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction — anything you can think of! We are happy to consider a series of flash stories — three or more connected pieces, or three or more pieces built around a central theme. If you are submitting a series, please be sure to mention this in your cover letter, as well as by checking the box for “flash series” in the submission form. Whether your story is a stand-alone, or part of a series, each story must be able to stand on its own. NOTE: Please do not submit stories longer than 1,500 words.

We do not accept reprints, or simultaneous submissions. 

Guidelines for YA and MG flash fiction:

  • We are interested in short fiction only! Submissions that exceed the word limit or that are clearly excerpted from a longer work will not be considered.
  • We recognize that YA and MG are distinct markets, and look for stories that reflect the unique aspects of these markets. Our goal is to publish engaging new explorations of YA and MG stories through the unique opportunity of the short form.
  • We are interested in stories which portray the diversity of young readers’ experiences, including diversity of race, gender, sexuality, and ability. 
  • Common themes of YA and MG are extremely varied, and we are open to most possibilities. However, we will not publish works that contain explicit violence, body horror, or sexuality.
  • Please include a brief cover letter and bio with your submission introducing yourself and your work.
  • Please format the file name of your submission as: FICTION SUBMISSION – [TITLE].
  • Please attach your submission as a .docx or .pdf file.
  • Please do not include your name in the file name or in the piece.


Young Adulting Review holds first publication rights to accepted works for 30 days. After 30 days, the author is free to submit and publish elsewhere — though we politely ask for acknowledgement on any reprints.


At this time, we can’t offer payment for publication — but we are working on finding funding.