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 April 1-7, May 1-7, June 1-7, and so on.**

To Submit to Lost Balloon when we reopen in May:

Please paste one original, unpublished story in the body of an email and send it to lostballoonmag [at] gmail [dot] com.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 piece 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.

** 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 about 30-35 days. If it has been 60 days, and you have not received a response, feel free to send a query about your submission status.

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

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.