Fatal Flaw is a quarterly online magazine publishing 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We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds – from the emerging and unpublished to the established – and especially encourage submissions from those who identify as persons of color, multiracial, indigenous, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and anyone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 Vol. 3: (UN)CONFINED
The paradox of the human condition is that we are both limited and infinite. In theory, we can live any sort of life, yet we are all confined by circumstance, pressures, expectations, and the choices we make in our limited time on this earth. For this issue, we wish to examine the idea of confinement. This can mean literal confinement—walls, institutions, the body, the written page—or abstract confinement—ideologies, psychologies, relationships, gender, societal constructs, etc. How do such confines impact an individual or, on a grander scale, society as a whole? How do we rebel against them? And what does it mean when we do?
Send us your most fearless, boundless writing and photography—we can’t wait to experience it.
Are simultaneous submissions allowed?
Yes, we encourage them! All we ask is that if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can congratulate you(!) and remove you from consideration.
How long should I expect to wait for a response?
Submitting to literary journals is a loooong process (we’ve been there, we know). But it’s a pretty time-consuming process on our end too, and we want to make sure we give each piece the time and attention it deserves. We aim to respond within 3 months of submission, but please allow 120 days before querying.
Does Fatal Flaw pay its contributors?
Short answer: we would love to. Long answer: as a fledgling journal, we can’t at this time. However, this is something that we are striving for in the future. As writers ourselves, it is our firm belief that we should get paid for our creations!
Can I submit an excerpt from my novel?
This is a tricky one. If you think the excerpt or chapter can stand on its own and is relevant to our quarterly theme, then please feel free to send it our way. But our ultimate aim is to showcase short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, so your work may be more applicable to another journal.
Does Fatal Flaw charge for submissions?
We charge a $3 fee to supplement costs of operation.
Is Fatal Flaw a print journal?
Nope, online only, baby! But who knows what the future holds…
What type of rights does Fatal Flaw retain? And honestly, what does that even mean?
Fatal Flaw retains First Serial Rights, but otherwise the work and the rights belong to you, meaning that we’ll publish it first, but once we do, feel free to include it in that short story collection you’ve been wanting to put together!
We also retain non-exclusive archival rights, which means that you will continue to be able to find and link to your work on our website after the issue’s publication date.
What type of editing do you do once a piece is accepted?
We work closely with writers to sharpen and refine work where needed (really, we just want to help make your piece the best it can be!). Usually, this just means minor copyedits, but occasionally our edits are more substantial. That being said, all final editing decisions are at the discretion of the writer.