What Is Short Reads?

Short Reads is a free literary magazine emailed every Wednesday morning featuring flash nonfiction.

Each edition of Short Reads is a snack in your inbox, an invitation to take a little break but not to open yet another tab in your browser. The world throws a lot of information and noise at us, a lot of the time, and flash can be an antidote for that: a brief time-out that can take you out of yourself.

Short Reads showcases a mix of original essays and previously published pieces—work that appeared only in print or in now-defunct publications, or that we’re excited to bring to a new audience of readers. We hope the work we feature will make you think about something a little differently or see the world through fresh eyes and come back changed.

If you like what we’re doing, you can support us by signing up—it’s free!—or sharing with a friend who might enjoy a bit of art in their inbox. By subscribing, you join a community of writers and readers who believe in the power of true stories to share ideas and experiences, foster empathy, and help make sense of what can happen in a life.

Besides subscribing, how can I support Short Reads?

You can upgrade to a supporting level subscriber, which helps us pay writers and defray the hard costs of running an online, volunteer-run literary magazine. Beyond the paid subscription, you can always make a one-time donation.

How do I submit my work for consideration in Short Reads?

We're not open for submissions just yet, but stay tuned. When we do open submissions, subscribers will be the first to know. Not a subscriber? Sign up here.

What’s with the donkey?

Our miniature donkey, Oatey, is small but she packs a kick—just like the work we publish.

How do I contact the Short Reads staff?

You can email us at staff@short-reads.org.

About the Short Reads Team

HATTIE FLETCHER is a freelance editor and creative consultant who was previously the managing editor at Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Pittsburgh. Find her at hattie-fletcher.com.

ANNA HALL is a book designer based in Seattle. She was formerly the art director at Creative Nonfiction. Find her at annabhall.com.

STEPHEN KNEZOVICH is an artist, a writer, and the former director of marketing for Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two kids. More at stephen-knezovich.com.

CHAD VOGLER is a freelance editor in Pittsburgh. He was previously the senior editor at Creative Nonfiction and can be found at chadvogler.com.