5x5 is an online literary magazine that publishes poetry and prose of no more than 500 words. Make less mean more. 

We’re looking for fiction that works and works well. Just as there isn’t one simple definition of “good writing,” there isn’t one element we look for in each submission. In short, we are looking for your best work in 500 words or less. Show us what you can accomplish with the short-short form. Only one story is allowed per submission, and, unless otherwise requested by an editor, you should wait at least three months after a submission response to submit new work. 

We’re looking for nonfiction of all varieties, including but not limited to (short) memoir, personal essays, profile/portrait essays, lyric essays, meditative essays, and journalism. Generally speaking, we want submissions that demonstrate an awareness of the connections between individual experience and that of the human condition at large. 

Additional guidelines: 

  • You’re welcome to submit up to two essays per issue (please do not submit more than two essays at a time), and, unless otherwise requested by an editor, you should wait at least three months after a submission response to submit new work
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we do ask that you notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • Please wait at least three months before submitting again
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