Crab Fat is always accepting flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and visual art. Crab Fat is interested in honesty, no matter how brutal it is. Don’t be afraid to use real language. Crab Fat is not interested in robotic academic language; frank language is always the best, even if that means using profanity and non-standard English. Break away from traditional structures and mainstream ideologies. A good plot means something, but doesn’t always mean everything. Emotive writing is most important.


What kind of writing does Crab Fat enjoy?


We love well done second person POV in short fiction, and poetry with scientific language & outer space imagery. We love prose that traverse the galaxy and remind us that humanity is but a small part of the infinite unknown. We want poems about Batman & Joker & Gotham City. We want unique expressions of gender & gender neutral pronouns & mock interviews with dead celebrities & prose poetry & cross-genre experimental work. Use words as weapons, allow raw emotion to bleed into the work. Crab Fat wants your anger, your love, your disappointment, your peaks, your valleys, & above all, your best work.

All email subject lines should be formatted as TITLE_NAME_GENRE. Please send prose/poetry as .doc/.docx and images as .png/.jpg attachments with file names matching the email subject line. Contact information should be included in both the body of your email and as a cover page for any submissions. Multiple submissions are fine, but PLEASE send only one document, including cover letter. Direct all submissions and contact information (include your @twitterhandle if you have one) to editor@crabfatmagazine.com for consideration.  


  1. Flash fiction should not exceed 1,000 words.
  2. Short stories should not exceed 3,000 words. 1,100-2,500 words is preferred.
  3. Please send 3-6 poems, or no more than 10 pages.
  4. Images are limited to per submission.

Crab Fat does not like to censor a writer/artist’s aesthetic or imagination, but there are certain topics that we are simply not interested in. With that said, please do not send prose, poetry, or images that depict child molestation/sex fantasy, rape (unless it’s a vital part of the story and done well), gratuitous violence or sex, bestiality, or necrophilia.

By submitting the writer acknowledges:

  • Crab Fat is currently a non-paying market.
  • Publication on the site does not guarantee publication in the digital magazine.
  • Crab Fat requires first North American serial publishing rights, after publication all rights revert back to author.
  • Accepted work is subject for use in any future anthologies.
  • Crab Fat asks that any reprints give credit.

Please withdraw any simultaneous submissions if publication is offered elsewhere by emailing the editor.