Update to the previous update!

Happy New Year! Once again, I have to sincerely thank all of the writers who submitted their work in November for their extreme patience as they await my responses … I have started sending out notifications this evening and I plan to wrap everything up by Wednesday, so if you haven’t heard from me yet, please hang on just a couple of more days. I am so sorry for the delay; it was definitely not anticipated, nor intended.

Thank you again!

Update on story submissions!

If you submitted a story (or two) to Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction in November, thank you for patiently waiting for me to respond to you regarding its status. I received so many incredible stories! I had intended to send replies to each of you on December 31, but I find myself unexpectedly and seriously short on time, so that timeline will be delayed by a couple of days. I will get back to you during the first week of January – I promise! Thank you for your understanding and Happy New Year!

More places to submit your flash fiction.

Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction is one very small publisher of flash fiction – there are many other publishers looking for your stories! I am sharing a few that have come to my attention, and I’ll do this periodically on the site from now on. If you wish to recommend others, please email me for consideration (see the Contact page).

Writers, please remember to do your research before you submit your work to any publication: read and understand all of the details of their guidelines and contract (if issued). I am posting this list for informational purposes only. I don’t know anything about the publications listed and I am not supporting them in any way.

Alphabet Box – United States

The Arcanist – United States

The Birdseed – United States

Freefall Magazine – Canada

Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction is now open to submissions! UPDATE: CLOSED

SUBMISSIONS:  OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS BETWEEN OCTOBER 20, 2020 AND NOVEMBER 5, 2020 ~   NOW CLOSED!

YES, PLEASE:

Flash fiction stories only.  Word count: 1,000 or less.

English language only.

Original work only.

Genre: science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, humour, western, mystery, literary…and any variation or combination thereof.  If in doubt, send it along – you never know.

Multiple submissions:  feel free to send as many submissions as you wish to during the reading period.  Please send each submission in separate emails.

Simultaneous submissions: all good. If your story is selected for publication elsewhere, please contact me right away to withdraw it from my consideration.

NO, THANK YOU:

Word count over the limit.

Poetry, non-fiction, essays, children’s stories, anything other than flash fiction.

Erotica, excessive gore, abuse, or ‘isms such as racism, sexism, etc..

Overly saucy language.  I don’t mind swear words, I just would prefer to keep the content on the site closer to the PG side of things.

Reprints.

Stories sent outside of the reading period.

Artwork.

Queries. They’re not necessary.  Send me your work if you think there’s a chance I might like it.  Please don’t ask me about your submission after you’ve sent it. I will get back to you by December 15, 2020.  

FORMATTING:

I’m not picky about fonts or font sizes or margins or paragraph indentations or anything of the sort.  I will format your work to fit the site if it is accepted for publication.  If your story has an experimental form and I accept it, we’ll work together to ensure it is posted properly.

Cover letters are not required.

Your contact information (name, email address) MUST be included somewhere in your submission.

Please watch your spelling and grammar – if your story is littered with errors, I am likely to give it less of a chance.  Don’t worry about American/Canadian/British spelling; I’ll sort it all out.

Submissions may be an attachment (.rtf, .docx., .doc) or pasted into the body of your email – it’s up to you.

If edits are required, I will make them and send you the proof for confirmation before publication on the website.

If your work is accepted, I will ask for a short bio.  This will be an opportunity to add a link to your author’s website or blog.

REMUNERATION:

If your story is accepted for publication, you will be paid $15.00 (Canadian funds).  Please note that if you live in countries outside of Canada, the exchange rate may mean you don’t quite make fifteen bucks from your story.  I’m sorry about that, but if it’s a problem, please don’t send me your work.  Payment will be issued via PayPal.  In order to receive payment, your PayPal email address must be provided to me.

  • If your story is selected for publication during the October/November reading period, payment will be issued on or before January 15, 2021.

PUBLICATION:

Authors retain all rights to their work.

Bear in mind that if your story is posted on Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction (or anywhere else on the Internet, for that matter), you may not be able to submit it to another publisher as it will be considered a “reprint.”

If, for some reason, you wish to withdraw your story from Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction’s website, please send me a message and I’ll remove it as quickly as I can.  Again, it will still count as a “reprint” in the view of a future publisher, even if it has only been posted for a short time.

If your story is accepted, I will let you know when I plan to post it on the website.  It will be posted on the first day of that month. 

OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW:

I will send you a confirmation of receipt of your story within 72 hours of your submission.

I must apologize, but I cannot offer more than a form rejection letter at this time.

SEND SUBMISSIONS to shrob17(at)hotmail(dot)ca. I will not consider submissions sent outside of the reading period, so double check that it is open before sending me your work.

I’m looking forward to seeing your work!

Sheryl

From one of Paper Butterfly’s authors: George Salis – Sea Above, Sun Below

In 2020, I am pleased to be publishing a story from George Salis in Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction. George’s first novel Sea Above, Sun Below is now available from River Boat Books – read on for more details!

George Salis’ debut novel, Sea Above, Sun Below, is available to order from River Boat Books here (the first 100 copies are signed limited editions): https://store11170962.ecwid.com/Sea-Above-Sun-Below-p156052…

For international orders, there is a special price that includes shipping here: https://store11170962.ecwid.com/Sea-Above-Sun-Below-Special…

Sea Above, Sun Below is a real treat, a feast for the mind and a dizzying rollercoaster of a read. It’s an example of magic realism at its best.”
– Erik Martiny, author of The Pleasures of Queuing

Upside-down lightning, a group of uncouth skydivers, resurrections, a mother’s body overtaken by a garden, aquatic telepathy, a peeling snake-priest, and more.

Sea Above, Sun Below is influenced by Western myths, some Greek, some with biblical overtones, resulting in a fusion of fantastic dreams, bizarre yet beautiful nightmares, and multiple narrative threads that form a tapestry which depicts the fragility of characters teetering on the brink of madness.

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New feature! Author promotion on Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction

I’m going to set up something new on Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction for authors whose stories have been published on the site: I am happy to help out with a bit of promotion of your current work.  If you have had a book, script, poem, or story published in the past year (or something upcoming in the next few months) and you’d like to share the news with PBFF’s readers, send me a message via the Contact form and I’ll arrange a post on this website.  You can definitely send me notifications of multiple works, it doesn’t have to be about just one.  You can request that I put up this promotional material on PBFF’s Facebook page as well as the website.

A couple of important notes: this will only be for authors who have been published in PBFF. If you are not an author with PBFF, I will delete your message without responding.  I also will not promote any work that does not fit the (for the most part) G-rated vibe we have going on here at PBFF. You know what that means.  

I wish you all much success with your writing!

Paper Butterfly update!

I have read a LOT of amazing stories these past few weeks! And – as an early holiday gift – I’m going to publish EIGHT stories for 2020 instead of the six I had originally planned on.  Believe me, it wasn’t easy narrowing the list to just eight, as I received over well over 200 submissions during both calls this year.

I’m just wrapping up all the notifications to authors regarding their October submissions to Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction; unfortunately, the email addresses of two of them appear to be invalid. If M. Tuggle and C. Anderson happen to see this message, please use the Contact form here on the website to send me your current email address. Many thanks!

A note to authors who received acceptances during the April call: I am a little late in sending out proofs and information about next year’s publishing schedule. You will receive an email from me very soon.

Watch for a brand new story here on the website on December 1!  And please spread the word about Paper Butterfly! Everyone could use a little more flash fiction in their lives, right?

 

Paper Butterfly is now open for story submissions – October 1 to 21, 2019!

Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction is now open to story submissions!  You’ve got until the 21 of October to send me your finest flash fiction!  If your story is selected, it will be published in 2020.

Please take a look at the following guidelines before pressing “send.”  I’m looking forward to reading your work!  

Sheryl 

SUBMISSIONS:  OPEN OCTOBER 1 to 21, 2019 ~  

YES, PLEASE:

Flash fiction stories only.  Word count: 1,000 or less.

English language only.

Original work only.

Genre: science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, humour, western, mystery, literary…and any variation or combination thereof.  If in doubt, send it along – you never know.

Multiple submissions:  feel free to send as many submissions as you wish to during the reading period.  Please send each submission in separate emails.

Simultaneous submissions: all good. If your story is selected for publication elsewhere, please contact me right away to withdraw it from my consideration.

NO, THANK YOU:

Word count over the limit.

Poetry, non-fiction, essays, children’s stories, anything other than flash fiction.

Erotica, excessive gore, abuse, or ‘isms such as racism, sexism, etc..

Overly saucy language.  I don’t mind swear words, I just would prefer to keep the content on the site closer to the PG side of things.

Reprints.

Stories sent outside of the reading period.

Artwork.

Queries. They’re not necessary.  Send me your work if you think there’s a chance I might like it.  Please don’t ask me about your submission after you’ve sent it. I will get back to you by November 30, 2019.

FORMATTING:

I’m not picky about fonts or font sizes or margins or paragraph indentations or anything of the sort.  I will format your work to fit the site if it is accepted for publication.  If your story has an experimental form and I accept it, we’ll work together to ensure it is posted properly.

Cover letters are not required.

Your contact information (name, email address) MUST be included somewhere in your submission.

Please watch your spelling and grammar – if your story is littered with errors, I am likely to give it less of a chance.  Don’t worry about American/Canadian/British spelling; I’ll sort it all out.

Submissions may be an attachment (.rtf, .docx., .doc) or pasted into the body of your email – it’s up to you.

If edits are required, I will make them and send you the proof for confirmation before publication on the website.

If your work is accepted, I will ask for a short bio.  This will be an opportunity to add a link to your author’s website or blog.

RENUMERATION:

If your story is accepted for publication, you will be paid $10.00 (Canadian funds).  Please note that if you live in countries outside of Canada, the exchange rate may mean you don’t quite make ten bucks from your story.  I’m sorry about that, but if it’s a problem, please don’t send me your work.  Payment will be issued via PayPal.  In order to receive payment, your PayPal email address must be provided to me.

  • If your story is selected for publication during the October reading period, payment will be issued on or before December 1, 2019.

PUBLICATION:

Authors retain all rights to their work.

Bear in mind that if your story is posted on Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction (or anywhere else on the Internet, for that matter), you may not be able to submit it to another publisher as it will be considered a “reprint.”

If, for some reason, you wish to withdraw your story from Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction’s website, please send me a message and I’ll remove it as quickly as I can.  Again, it will still count as a “reprint” in the view of a future publisher, even if it has only been posted for a short time.

If your story is accepted, I will let you know when I plan to post it on the website.  It will be posted on the first day of that month. Stories will be published in February, April, June, August, October, and December of 2020.

OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW:

In this fourth year of Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction’s existence, I will be accepting six (6) stories for publication.

I will send you a confirmation of receipt of your story within 48 hours of your submission.

I must apologize, but I cannot offer more than a form rejection letter at this time.

SEND SUBMISSIONS to shrob17(at)hotmail(dot)ca. I will not consider submissions sent outside of the reading period, so double check that it is open before sending me your work.

 

PBFF’s submission window is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their work to Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction during the months of October and November! I’ve received an unprecedented number of stories and I’m excited to finish reading them all.

I aim to send responses to all authors by December 15, but due to the huge volume, it may take me until the end of the month.  Rest assured, you will know the status of your story by December 31.

Thank you again for sending me your work! I’ve already found some genuine gems in the queue and I can tell it will be difficult to make my final selections….