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We regularly offer 24-hour FREE submission periods.

Notices will only be posted on our newsletter and Twitter

Five South does not discriminate.

We love all people and all people have stories to tell. While we want to remain an open (safe space) for all writers, we will not publish material that is outright hateful. We’re open to all genres as long as it’s your best work.

Submission Guidelines

Word Counts


  • Flash: 1000
  • Short Fiction: 5000
  • Poetry: Open




How to format your submissions


Taking the time to format your submissions properly shows you care about your work and the people reading it. General Rules:

  • 12pt Times or Courier font
  • Double Spaced
  • We prefer .doc or .dox files, but in a pinch .txt is OK.
To learn more about formatting your manuscript to industry standards, read this.




Reading Time


All submissions received during the reading period will be read. Response time will vary according to the number of submissions. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within three to six months of receipt. If you don't hear from us in that time, feel free to give us a nudge.




Simulataneous Submissions


Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are notified immediately if your piece is accepted for publication elsewhere.




General Guidelines


  • Five South accepts unsolicited submissions of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry for the digital biannual via Submittable.
  • We accept all genres, but will not even remotely consider: hate, pornography, or pedophilia.
  • All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished in either print or online.
  • We suggest to all who submit that they read the most recent issue of Five South and our About Page to get to know our vibe.
  • Please submit no more than one short story, three flash fiction pieces, or five poems at a time and please do not submit more than twice in a calendar year.




What exactly are we looking for?


Generally, we're looking for great stories that have a beginning, middle, and end. How you accomplish that is up to you. Even poems have stories, whether they're in subtext, creatively crafted spaces, or expressive use of language. By no means does "story" mean sticking to the conventions. We love pieces that surprise us, stray from the beaten path, and do something different. Try to remember the book, story, or poem you read as a kid - the one that made you want to write. How did that make you feel? That feeling is what we want. We want ugly stuff, beautiful stuff. Stuff that has a point and makes you think. A good story makes you feel. A good writer knows the difference between mystery and obscurity.




About Submission Fees & Financial Hardship Waiver


Short and simple, submission fees make Five South possible. We charge a standard fee of $3.00 for flash fiction and poetry, $4.00 for short fiction. Five South is a labor of love and is 100% reader funded, like PBS. If you are experiencing financial hardship and would like us to waive the fee, please email editor@fivesouth.net.




The Weekly


We publish flash fiction stories and poetry once per week. On our submission form, you have the option of being considered for this section.




Legal Stuff and Publishing Rights


If your work is accepted, it will be subject to an agreement granting Five South first publication
rights. You retain the rights to the work after first publication.
By submitting your work for consideration, you represent that: (1) The work is not in the public domain, has not been published in any other publication in any jurisdiction in the World, has not been distributed or displayed to members of the public, and you have not made any agreement with another party inconsistent with granting first publication rights to us. (It is important for us to know if your work is to be included in a collection or larger work being prepared for future publication. Please let us know, right away, the title, publisher and planned publication date.) (2) The work is your original authorship and no other party has a claim to rights in it except as you specifically disclose at the time of your submission; (3) In the case of translations, you have obtained permission of the author or the author’s agent or estate to publish your translation. (4) There is nothing in the work that is libelous, invades personal privacy or deprives another of the right of publicity, or is otherwise actionably harmful or illegal.





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