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.

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.


**Important note! Lost Balloon will be open for submissions during the first week (seven days) of each month. That means January 1-7, February 1-7, March 1-7, and so on.**

To Submit to Lost Balloon when we reopen in March:

Please paste one original, unpublished* story in the body of an email and send it to lostballoonmag [at] gmail [dot] com.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, and please include the word count in the subject line of your email.

If your submission is rejected, please wait three months before submitting again unless we specifically ask for more work. If we accept and publish your piece, please wait one year from your publication date 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.

** Submissions sent outside of open periods will be deleted with no response. Exceptions will be made for subs that have been directly solicited by the editor.**

Response time: you can usually expect to hear back in under 30 days. If it has been 45 days, and you have not received a response, feel free to send a query about your submission status.

*Reprints: We do not normally accept reprints. However, if you recently withdrew your work from Ellipsis Zine, we will take a look at your reprint for the next two reading periods (February and March). Please state in the cover letter section of your email that your submission is a reprint withdrawn from Ellipsis.