What we publish

Fiction Attic publishes thought-provoking work online, in print, and in ebook format. We publish short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and novellas. We also seek artwork for online, print, and ebook publications.

Where we publish

We publish work here on our website. We also publish flash fiction and excerpts from longer essays and stories on our Medium site.


We pay $10 for flash fiction published online and $15 for stories or essays over 1200 words published online. For work published in print, we pay with a contributor copy. The author retains the right to publish your work elsewhere after it has appeared online or in print at Fiction Attic.

Who We Are

Fiction Attic Press is comprised entirely of volunteers who love to read. Our readers, who generously donate their time, are:  Neal Allen, Luke Allis, Rhea Dangwal, Heather Hasselle, Dan Keating, Casey Mancino, and Olivia Pena. 

Follow to Show Your Love, Subscribe to Help Us Thrive

If you have a Medium or Twitter account, please follow Fiction Attic on Medium to get notified of new stories. And, of course, we hope you’ll make generous use of the like, recommend, and share buttons.

If you’d like to help Fiction Attic fulfill our mission of publishing exciting, innovative, thoughtful fiction and nonfiction by new and emerging writers, please consider a one-time donation of $1 – $5.

Support Fiction Attic Press

Fiction Attic is funded in three ways: through small fees for certain submission categories, through book sales, and out-of-pocket by the editor, for whom this press is a labor of love.

If like what you see here, please consider a one-time donation to help us continue to publish great fiction and memoir by new and emerging writers.

Every little bit helps! Thank you.

Personal Info

Donation Total: $5

How Small is Small?

There are no paid editors or staff members at Fiction Attic, nor does the press turn a profit or break even. It is, as they say, a labor of love.

Our readers: 



Michelle Richmond


Would you like to read submissions?

If you are a current MFA candidate, recent MFA graduate, or designer who would like to gain small press experience by reading submissions, proofreading future books, designing covers, formatting book interiors, or working on the website on a volunteer basis, I would dearly love to hear from you. We could also use social media help: posting to Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and more.


How long will it take you to read my submission?

As we note on our submission page, it may take us a long time to read your submission. That’s why we encourage simultaneous submissions. Just let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere; we’ll be happy for you!


A Note on Funding

We charge small entry fees for some (but not all) submission categories.

Entry fees and book sales do not cover but do help defray the costs of cover design, interior design, title setup at Ingram Spark (which makes our books available to bookstores), and the purchase of ISBN numbers for our titles.

If you like what you see at Fiction Attic and believe in the importance of small presses, I encourage you to support the press with your or one-time donation.


I founded Fiction Attic: The Journal of Elegant Wit, in 2001 as an online magazine whose mission was to publish unusual works of literary merit.

During its five-year run, the journal featured the work of Steve Almond, Stephen Elliott, Gloria Frym, Katia Noyes, Vanessa Hua, Michelle Tea, Kevin Phelan, Bill U’Ren, and Anita Garner, among others, as well as interviews with such literary luminaries as Kate Braverman and fiction in translation by the celebrated Italian writer Mario Rigoni Stern (translated by Elizabeth Harris).

Fiction Attic’s final online issue, #20, devoted entirely to flash fiction, was published in 2007. A rather long silence followed.

In the ensuing years, online literary journals have exploded, and the world of online publishing has become far more vibrant and diverse than anyone might have imagined nearly a decade ago, when Fiction Attic first began accepting submissions.


A Minor Reinvention

In 2011, Fiction Attic returned in an altered form. We still function as an online literary journal, but we are also small, independent press, with a mission to distribute works of exceptional literary merit through the ebook and print-on-demand formats. The goal of Fiction Attic, as always, is to promote well-written, thought-provoking fiction with a fair dose of “elegant wit.” 

In January of 2014, we relaunched our online Featured Story series with “The Truth About Alaska,” by Mickey Laurence Cohen. We look forward to publishing many more stories, essays, and novellas by new and emerging writers.

Join Our Mission to Publish Great Fiction

You can support Fiction Attic by purchasing our titles.  If you like what you see here, we hope you will make generous use of the share buttons, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook, and tell your writing and reading friends.


Indie Love

If you are an independent bookstore, we would love to partner with you in any way possible–through your Espresso Book Machine, in-store events, and more. Our print books and ebooks are available through Ingram Spark at a standard discount.

Our goal in 2016 is not necessarily to make Fiction Attic bigger, because small is good. Our goal is to make it better.

Michelle Richmond
Founder & Publisher
Fiction Attic Press