submit to the drop

Each issue of The Drop brings a weekly piece of flash fiction right to your inbox along with press news, announcements, and other goodies!


Each work is carefully hand-selected and workshopped with the greatest care. To submit to The Drop, please follow the instructions below.

GENRE: Dark Fantasy or Science Fiction

WORD COUNT: 100 minimum; 1,000 maximum

PAY RATE: $10 flat; no royalties

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: 01 through 31 January and 01 through 31 August of every year

NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE BY: 4 to 6 weeks from the end of the submission window

We are looking for very short, original works of dark fantasy and science fiction, especially those written by female authors. Character-driven stories with strong and well-designed worldbuilding, tight prose, and a good understanding of pacing are hallmarks of stories we'd consider.

While the following aren't requirements, we are particularly interested in stories that feature fresh worldbuilding, tight prose, slow burns, purposeful pacing, original or rarely-used creatures, unusual framing devices, small-scale plots, and diverse characters. "Literary" stories and genre mash-ups (Science Fantasy, for example) are also of interest!

formatting guidelines

+ Complete story that is at least 100 words in length but does not exceed 1,000 in .pdf or .docx format

+ 12pt Book Antiqua or Lato font, double-spaced

+ Left-aligned paragraphs

+ One-inch margins

+ In a center-aligned header on each page, type your name (along with "writing as [Pen Name]" if you use one) and beneath it your story title in all caps

+ If you need further assistance, your end product should look similar to this (link opens in new window): Proper Manuscript Format

to inquire

Send an eMail to with the following information:

SUBJECT LINE: "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP" (in all caps!).


Please do not put anything else in the subject line UNLESS...

    + Your story is a reprint: Your subject line should say "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP (Reprint)"

    + Your story was previously serialized: "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP (Serial)"

    + Your story is an already-rendered translation: "Query for 'TITLE': THE DROP (Translation)"

BODY: Please do not use fancy fonts, backgrounds, formatting, or add any attachments other than what we ask for to the body of your eMail.

PARAGRAPH ONE: A brief introduction, how you found us, and why you're querying Inkblood Book Company.

PARAGRAPH TWO: A story synopsis no longer than 150 words, but be thorough! Spoilers are for readers. We need to know the plot from beginning to end.

PARAGRAPH THREE: A closing statement, the story's total wordcount, any previous publications you've featured in, and any other pertinent information. The sum of your body text should not exceed 250 words.

ATTACHMENTS: A .pdf or .docx file containing your submission that is formatted according to the above guidelines. Please do not attach anything else! No artwork, secondary submissions, cover ideas, et cetera.

avoiding automatic rejection

You can easily avoid receiving an automatic rejection by following being thorough and taking your time when reading our submission guidelines before submitting your story. We promise we are not trying to trick you into being rejected; these guidelines are here to ensure swift and complete consideration of your piece along with everyone else's. Please only submit once you...

+ Are sure your submission is within the bounds of the genres we're accepting for this call (SciFi and Fantasy)

+ Have checked that your submission meets our word count limits (100 minimum; 1,000 maximum)

+ Have read our "Do Not Send" list on our submissions page and have verified that your submission does not violate it

+ Have double-checked that your submission is formatted according to our guidelines

+ Have double-checked that you did not attach anything besides your submission, and that the version you submitted is correct

We understand that files sometimes corrupt or other electronic shenanigans happen. If we suspect something went wrong, we will contact you and ask you to resubmit.