“Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Fatal Flaw is a quarterly online magazine based in New York City. We publish unexpected, topical writing and photography that considers the world through a cracked lens. Show us the fatal flaw and the beauty inherent within it.   

We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds – from the emerging and unpublished to the established – and especially want to encourage submissions from those who identify as persons of color, multiracial, indigenous, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and anyone belonging to a community of underrepresented voices.  

Fatal Flaw strongly believes in celebrating the work of our contributors. We enthusiastically promote on social media and plan to nominate work for the Pushcart Prize in the Fall.


Brenna McPeek

Brenna McPeek is a writer and editor based in New York City. She loves writing that is gutsy, unguarded, and subversive, with a bloody, beating heart at its core. Her current literary loves include the likes of: Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl by Jeannie Vanasco.

Abigail Wessel

Abigail Wessel is a writer and editor based in New York City. She believes in inclusive expression, creativity that challenges the status-quo, and loves writing with an edge that veers dangerously close to the bizarre. Her current favorite books include McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh, Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, the Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab, and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson.

Shannon Elward

Shannon Elward is a writer and editor based in California. She is inspired by writing that is unhinged, bold and unafraid to explore the complexities of human experience and emotion. Some of her favorite writers are Jhumpha Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, Arundhati Roy, Dorothy Allison and Tobias Wolff.

Chelsea Fanning

Chelsea Fanning is a poet, writer, and editor based in Jersey City. She is interested in experimental poetry that challenges traditional conventions and offers no apologies. She strongly believes that writing cannot simply exist on the page, but must engage with the wider world. Her favorite contemporary poetry collections include When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz, Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky, Don't Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine, and If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? by Matthea Harvey.

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