Lost Balloon publishes flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poetry under 1,000 words. We love micro-stories, so if you have something shorter than 500 words, that’s even better! There are no theme or genre restrictions, but we want your best. Give us work that entertains and challenges, that pushes boundaries and breaks hearts.

The site’s name was inspired by those small and sad but whimsical moments in life: the birthday balloon that slips from your fingers and floats into the horizon, or the dropped ice cream cone.

Submissions are open!

To Submit to Lost Balloon:

Please paste one original, unpublished story in the body of an email and send it to lostballoonmag [at] gmail [dot] com. (No attachments please, and only one story at a time.) Include a short bio, as well as the word count for your piece. If your submission is rejected, please wait one month before submitting again unless we specifically ask for more work. If we accept and publish your piece, please wait one year before submitting again.

Simultaneous submissions are okay—please let us know right away if it’s accepted elsewhere. We cannot currently pay our authors, but you will receive our undying gratitude, plus a lot of promotion on social media.

Lost Balloon acquires First North American Serial Rights. Copyright reverts to author upon publication.