Pointer #18 – Nanofiction Sites

* Online lit mags are publishing some of the most intriguing writing available today. Every Monday, I post a pointer to a site that offers fiction and/or poetry either as free content or as samples from subscriber issues. Today’s pointer is to a selection of nano-fiction sites.

Following up an earlier post, below are some lit sites which publish ultra-short fiction.



Nanoism (edited by Ben White) is an online publication for twitter-fiction: stories of up to 140 characters. Shorter then traditional flash fiction, it’s both a challenge to write and quick as a blink to read. Call it nanofiction, microfiction, twiction, twisters, or tweetfic—it doesn’t matter: It’s the perfect art form for the bleeding edge of the internet revolution.

We’re not just catering to the 21st-century attention span, we’re publishing flexible fiction: stories that you can read on your computer or cellphone, stories that fit in the cracks of your day.



escarp is a text-message-based review of super-brief literature. We publish original, user-submitted poems and stories (fiction and non-).


One Forty Fiction

The name “one forty fiction” refers to the 140-character limit imposed on users by the online service Twitter. It is the 21st century haiku.

This site is dedicated to fiction. Not poetry, but fiction. Stories told with beginnings, middles, and ends, and characters who want things.


trapeze magazine

The main purpose of trapeze magazine is to provide a stable and strange twitter lit venue. Twitter lit makes you think; our magazine will give you tiny worlds you can escape to, from alien planets to zombie plagued concrete jungles.  We feature anything of the surreal and bizarre, horrific and steampunk. If you are looking for a diversion, we have one. We are not a main stream literary market and we never want to be.

trapeze magazine publishes one twitter story/poem every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.


7 X 20

Seven by Twenty is an online magazine using Twitter as its publishing platform, for readers at home and on mobile devices. Submissions are open. Follow us on Twitter.

What We Want
Literary and speculative work. We like haiku and we don’t get enough American sentences, cinquains, hay(na)ku, senryu or prose poems. We also don’t get enough fiction.


Cuento Magazine

Cuento Magazine is a twitter-based magazine, featuring micro fiction. We also present short-form poetry and six word stories. We like fiction where characters peek out and more story is possible. Our poetry fetish rests on a solid image. Use verbs/details that surprise, shock, amuse, anger, and confound.

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