Submission Guidelines

Five on the Fifth publishes 5 short stories on the fifth of each month. We accept flash fiction, general fiction, non-fiction, horror, and science fiction/fantasy.  The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. 

We now receive hundreds of submissions each month. Five on the Fifth is growing, and we (the editors) are very excited about it. Publication in Five on the Fifth is becoming more competitive each issue. Ensure that your story is free of typos and grammatical errors. Your submission should be in proper manuscript format. Cover letters should be concise and professional. Biographical statements should be a few sentences at most. Highlight your recent accomplishments. 

A note on what we don't want: We do not publish novels. We do not publish poetry. We do not publish fan fiction. We do not publish erotica, though there can be erotic and/or graphic elements in your fiction, so long as it is for the purpose of telling a great story. 

Five on the Fifth is now exclusively accepting submissions through its submission manager, Submittable. Please read the full submission guidelines and submit your work by visiting Five on the Fifth's Submittable page


We encourage simultaneous submissions. However, if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please immediately withdraw your piece using Submittable. If you withdraw your piece because it was accepted elsewhere, we are very happy for you. Getting published is hard work!

We have a fast editorial turnaround time. We usually reject and/or accept submissions in less than 30 days. A note on rejection: All members of our editorial team have experienced rejection as writers. We know it's not pleasant. We much prefer saying "yes!" to saying "no, thanks" but we only publish five short stories a month. If you are rejected one month, feel free to submit the next. Also, please realize that many great stories must be rejected each month simply due to the volume of submissions that we receive. 

If your piece is accepted for publication with Five on the Fifth, it will be featured on the website for its category in the month of publication. It will then remain on the website in the "Previous Issues" archives.

At this time, we cannot afford to pay writers any form of monetary compensation. At this time, we run Five on the Fifth at a monetary loss, and spend many, many hours each month editing on a volunteer basis. We hope that in the future, as we grow, that we will be able to pay writers. We will do our best to promote accepted authors on our website and on social media.

If accepted for publication, we ask for First North American Rights to publish. Following publication, all rights revert back to the author, but we do require permission for us to permanently archive your work online in our "Previous Issues" section. 

Questions and inquiries may be e-mailed to Please note: submissions are not accepted by e-mail. 

Please remember to track your submissions to Five on the Fifth on Duotrope. 

Ultimately, we aim to promote and support emerging writers! Thank you for considering Five on the Fifth as a home for your creative work. 

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