The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers.

Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 1% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.

We are now closed for compressed poetry, compressed prose fiction (including prose poetry), and compressed creative nonfiction.  Submissions will open again on April 15, 2016. For this reading period, we will be looking to publish authors who have not previously been published in the journal. 

The reader for your submission is, during this round of spring submissions, the managing editor.

Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category. 

For all submitters, we aren't as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form "compression" takes in each artist's work will be up to each individual. However, we don't publish erotica or work with strong, graphic sexual content.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Here are things that matter:

  1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Do not include a cover letter as part of the manuscript document.

  2. Please include, as part of your cover letter, a brief bio.

  3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece in each genre per reading period.

  4. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.

  5. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.

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Lee Rourke writes in A BRIEF HISTORY OF FABLES: FROM AESOP TO FLASH FICTION, "One only has to visit sites such as and or journals such as Matter: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts to get a real sense of some of the most electrifying and ground-breaking flash fiction published today; displaying work from authors all around the world who manage to compress the weird, the fabulous and the truly astonishing into their fictions."

FlashFiction.Net is a well-known blog also managed by Matter Press's founder Randall Brown. FlashFiction.Net is looking to republish flash fiction that originally appeared in print or in now-unavailable online journals. Please include in the cover letter where the flash originally appeared and the date it appeared. We consider flash fiction to be under 1000 words, although shorter pieces tend to work best for the blog. Please submit only one piece per reading period.

Along with your flash will appear some comments from Randall Brown. Such commentary often helps these flash pieces make their way into the curriculum of flash fiction courses.

Although FlashFiction.Net cannot currently offer compensation for the flash, the blog can help you with the following:

  1. Getting your name out in the world as a flash fiction writer!
  2. Promoting a website, blog, or current book project.
  3. Getting your work into classrooms.
  4. Giving your work a permanent, online presence.