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American Short Fiction is Accepting Submissions

American Short Fiction, one of the top-ranked literary magazines in the United States, is accepting unsolicited submissions.

American Short Fiction is a nationally circulated literary magazine based in Austin, Texas. Issued triannually, American Short Fiction publishes short fiction from writers based anywhere in the world and strives to publish work by the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. The magazine seeks out stories “that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home.”

In July 2019, American Short Fiction won the Under $150,000 Budget category in the Whiting Foundation’s second annual literary magazine prizes, which are given “for superb publishing, advocating for writers, and strengthening the literary community.”

Types of Accepted Submissions

Short Fiction.

American Short Fiction does not publish poetry, plays, nonfiction, reviews, etc.

Word limits

There are no set guidelines as to the content or length of submissions for the print magazine. Writers may also submit stories under 2000 words for publication online.


Payment is described as competitive and is made upon publication. American Short Fiction purchases first serial rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication.


Saturday 30 November 2019

More Information

Visit the American Short Fiction Website to read the full submission guidelines.