Lost Balloon publishes flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poetry (all 1,000 words or less). We publish one new piece every Wednesday. 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.


**Important note! As of July 2022, we are scheduled all the way through 2022 and into the spring of 2023. As we finish reading subs from our spring 2022 reading periods, accepted pieces will be tied to early 2023 publication dates. Because we are scheduled so far in advance, we have decided to keep submissions closed for the remainder of 2022. We know waiting to submit can be frustrating, but we want to make sure our authors are published in as timely a manner as we can manage. We are looking forward to hearing from you in early 2023 when we have more slots available for your amazing work!

To Submit to Lost Balloon when we reopen next year:

We handle submissions through Submittable. Please do not email us submissions. Subs are free, and you will also have an opportunity to donate to the magazine by choosing the “tip jar” category. All pieces will receive the same consideration regardless of category. Money received through the tip jar will go directly toward paying for our submittable subscription and to the maintenance fees for our website.

Please send only one piece at a time and wait to hear back before sending another submission. We do not accept reprints, so your piece must be original and unpublished. Do not submit in more than one genre at a time. If your submission is rejected, please wait at least 1-2 month(s) after hearing back before you submit again. We will specifically ask for more work if we would like to see something else from you right away. If we accept and publish your piece, please wait one year from your publication date before submitting again.

We love simultaneous submissions! Please withdraw your piece right away if it’s accepted elsewhere. We usually take from 60-90 days to read and respond, so if Lost Balloon is your first choice for your story, please consider that when submitting to multiple journals.

We cannot currently pay our authors. We do promise to promote your piece on social media. We also nominate work for anthologies.

Response time: you can usually expect to hear back in about 60-90 days. If it has been at least 120 days, and you have not received a response, feel free to send a query about your submission status to lostballoonmag at gmail dot com. If you query before 120 days, your email will not be answered.

Lost Balloon acquires First Electronic Rights and Non-exclusive Archival Rights. All other rights remain with the author. If you reprint your piece, please mention us.


We are a small organization with a commitment to fostering a productive and welcoming creative space. We support the VIDA campaign for #saferLIT and will not tolerate abuse or harassment. We therefore reserve the right to reject submissions or remove previously published material from the site at our discretion.