The Centifictionist is an online literary magazine that publishes powerful, compelling, and memorable international microfiction in 100 words or less.
The Centifictionist publishes two online issues per year, a Spring/Summer issue and a Fall/Winter issue. All issues of The Centifictionist will include thirty pieces of microfiction in each issue, with each individual piece being 100 words or less.
All publication dates are tentative and may (or may not) be changed depending on various factors.
The deadline for submissions to be considered for the Spring/Summer issue of The Centifictionist is always March 1st of each year. All submissions arriving after March 1st of each year will be considered for the Fall/Winter issue of The Centifictionist. The deadline for submissions to be considered for the Fall/Winter issue of The Centifictionist is always September 1st of each year.
The Centifictionist will also publish short interviews with each of the authors whose work will be included in upcoming issues (unless an individual author chooses not to be interviewed), and rarely other tidbits as well.
Some pieces that we like:
The Billet, by Gerri Brightwell
Annette and Florian, by Beate Sigriddaughter
The More Things Fall Apart, by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
Franziska, by Elizabeth Kate Switaj
The Kretschmar Child, Gerhardt, Crazy Marie, by Elizabeth Kate Switaj
Alma, Fritz, by Elizabeth Kate Switaj
Foraging in the Countryside, by Kyle van der Laan
Note: Although most of these pieces are about the Holocaust or relate to the Holocaust in some way, that doesn’t mean that we only want Holocaust-related pieces. However, we do have a special affinity for Holocaust-related pieces.
The Centifictionist is managed, curated, edited, and published by Clara Ray Rusinek Klein.
Submission Guidelines – Please read carefully. Submissions that don’t follow our guidelines won’t be considered and won’t be published.
The Centifictionist seeks submissions of original, unpublished microfiction that is 100 words or less. The Centifictionist only publishes microfiction. The Centifictionist doesn’t publish any poetry or any nonfiction. Each microfiction piece within the submission must be no more than 100 words maximum, titles not included. No minimum word count.
The Centifictionist doesn’t consider or publish any previously published microfiction pieces. All microfiction pieces submitted to The Centifictionist must be previously unpublished.
Response times will vary. The Centifictionist will try to make sure to respond as quickly as it can. Sometimes very quickly and you might even be surprised (The Centifictionist reads very fast sometimes). Other times it might take a lot longer depending on life circumstances, etc. The Centifictionist makes absolutely no guarantees about response times at all whatsoever. This is to allow for unforeseen circumstances and stress and/or anything else that may come up.
- Microfiction: Submit 1 to 3 pieces of no more than 100 words each. No minimum word count. The Centifictionist will only consider up to three pieces of microfiction per submission. If you submit more than three pieces of microfiction per submission, only the first three pieces will be read and considered for possible inclusion in one of our issues. Submit each piece in the appropriate space on the Submittable form.
- Include a short third-person bio of no more than 100 words maximum in the appropriate space on the Submittable form. All bios must be professional and serious. You can include a link or links to your personal website and/or personal social media sites at the end of your bio.
- Simultaneous submissions are OK, but you must contact The Centifictionist through Submittable as soon as your submission or any part of your submission is accepted anywhere else, provided we haven’t responded with a decision about your work yet. If only one or two pieces within your submission have been accepted elsewhere, there is no need to withdraw your whole submission. Just include a note in Submittable telling us which piece or pieces have been accepted elsewhere, and we will know to disregard those pieces.
- To withdraw your whole submission or any part of your submission before a decision about your submission has been made, you must do so either by including a note in Submittable, or by clicking “withdraw” in Submittable. If your submission or parts of your submission have already been accepted, you cannot withdraw them anymore.
If any of your pieces are accepted to be published in The Centifictionist, your piece or pieces may be lightly edited before being published, just and only for the purpose of correcting very minor errors. The Centifictionist won’t accept pieces that would require major or extensive editing.
No feedback or explanations will be given for any submissions or any parts of submissions whether they’ve been chosen to be published or not.
Submissions require a $3 nonrefundable fee. Submissions are open year-round. The Centifictionist only considers submissions that are sent through our Submittable page. Submissions that are sent through any other means won’t be considered and won’t be published.
The Centifictionist is a non-paying market. Authors published in The Centifictionist receive a linkable publication credit and a short linkable interview (unless an individual author chooses not to be interviewed). We promote all of the pieces that we publish and all of the issues that we publish on our Twitter account, and we nominate select published pieces for the annual VERA Award (VEstal Review Award), run by Vestal Review, which awards monetary prizes and publication in Vestal Review for first, second, and third place winners.
The Centifictionist will pair each piece that it publishes with a public domain image that it will choose, that it feels goes with your piece.
All decisions about submissions are final. There will be no correspondence or discussion about any submissions decisions at all whatsoever.
Inspired by a very kind and generous action by Taylor Byas, and her continued kindness and generosity to writers, The Centifictionist has decided to implement a Fund it Forward program.
For every $3 donated, The Centifictionist will offer one free submission to a microfiction writer who otherwise would not be able to send their writing to The Centifictionist, up to a maximum of 100 free submissions (and 100 individual writers) per month.
Donations are nonrefundable, so don't donate any amount of money unless you are absolutely 100% sure that you want to.
One free submission per writer per month will be allowed, to give the highest number of writers a chance to send their microfiction to The Centifictionist. Paid submissions are unlimited.
Donations to our Fund it Forward program are 100% totally and completely voluntary and are not required in any way at all whatsoever.
Donating or not donating to our Fund it Forward program has absolutely zero influence on our decisions about your submissions.
Donations are simply a way to provide opportunities to fellow microfiction writers from all over the world, who otherwise would not be able to send their work to The Centifictionist.
All submissions, whether free or paid, will get 100% equal consideration, and all submissions, whether free or paid, will have a 100% equal chance of being published in The Centifictionist.
Thank you very much for Funding it Forward! Your donations in any amount are greatly appreciated and will directly help your fellow microfiction writers from all over the world, broadening access and sharing new perspectives!