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Thank you for considering Intrepidus Ink as a publisher of your work.

Our process is challenging. Competitive. At least two editors give a story the “thumbs up” for publication.

A story must speak to us, exemplify our aesthetic, and potentially delight readers.

A tall order.

Give Us Gutsy Words. Fascinating Words. Alarmingly Individual.

The fighters, the curious, those who win against the odds. The intrepid.

That’s what we want. Emotion.


Write stories just for us.

But first, read our stories and watch the video (again :-).

We explore intrepid culture: our stories feature danger elements, struggle, emotion, and OVERCOMING. Our stories are intrepid first and not subordinated to other themes. 

We accept many genres and writing styles, including literary, speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy), literary speculative fiction, action and adventure, romance, magic realism, historical fiction, and others. We love odd, quirky, experimental stories, and humor. 

We don’t take erotica, poetry, children’s fiction, nonfiction, or horror. We love a good, scary story, but we promote FEARLESSNESS, not FEAR or tragedies. Repackaging horror stories as speculative fiction will still earn a rejection (sorry!).

Read and heed submission guidelines, especially for word counts. Click on “The Rules” below.

A tip: if we’ve declined your submissions multiple times, please don’t give up! Keep trying. 👌 But also, read our published stories to clarify what we mean by intrepid culture.

What are you waiting for? 📢 Go for the Gutsy! Submit a flash fiction or short story now. 🙏⚡🤩

New! Submit amazing, excellent stories showcasing narrators engaging in FEARLESS CONFLICT & overcoming.

Now through September 30.


The Rules


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Submission Guidelines for Flash Fiction and Short Stories:

  • Flash Fiction 300 – 1,000 words; Short Stories 1,500 – 2,500 words (firm). 
  • Unpublished Work Only: Story cannot be published anywhere online or publicly, including social media, community writing sites, or personal blogs, nor may work be retitled from said sites. (We mean it.)
  • Simultaneous Submissions: Yes.
  • Multiple Submissions: No. Send one story; wait for a response, send another.
  • Reprints: No.
  • Format: William Shunn Modern Manuscript Format.
  • Response Time: Varies, but we’ll do our best to decide quickly!
  • Payment for Accepted Stories: $.02/word for flash fiction 300 – 1,000 words. $30 flat rate for short stories 1,500 – 2,500 words. Author signs an agreement upon story acceptance; Intrepidus Inc, LLC pays upon publication.
  • Rights: Author grants Intrepidus Ink first worldwide electronic rights, including one-month exclusive rights and non-exclusive archival rights for the magazine’s lifetime (online) in which the Work is published. Author retains copyright of the Work.
  • Please feel free to share your acceptance on social media after signing your contract.
  • Editing: We edit and proofread all work before publication.
  • Rejection Policy: A rejected story will remain rejected; please don’t resubmit.
  • Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Author Bios, Photos, Interviews, and Advertisements: Will be published online and on social media, including any or all of the following:, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or Tiktok.

Submit your story

Fill in the form below to submit your story.

*We accept all categories of fiction, including genre and literary fiction, with the exception of horror, children's literature, erotica, nonfiction, and poetry.
Flash Fiction: 300 — 1000 Words.
Short Stories: 1,500 — 2,500 Words.
(Microsoft Word .doc or .docx document formats)