Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or fewer) essay form. We have featured work from Pulitzer prize winners, NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, The Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Qatar, and Japan. We have also featured  many previously-unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged more than 10,000 unique visitors per month.

Authors are paid a $45 honorarium for featured essays (via PayPal).  

If you would like to hear our editor-in-chief’s thoughts on what makes flash nonfiction successful, you might access this interview from the River Teeth blog. or this post from the Brevity Blog.

We prefer that submissions should be formatted as seen here (single space, no indentation, one extra space between paragraphs) unless alternate formatting is a specific design element of the essay.


Brevity has closed submissions as of May 1, 2024. We will reopen our submissions window in early September.

When we reopen, you can submit here:


Craft Essays

Our Craft Essay section is now merged with the Brevity Blog. For submissions info, see below.

The Brevity Blog

While Brevity (the magazine) publishes the finest examples of flash nonfiction we can find, the Brevity Blog is the place to discuss issues related to the writing of creative nonfiction. Full guidelines for the Brevity Blog can be found here.