Welcome to Spelk!

Spelk is a new platform for the very best flash fiction on the web. We post three stories a week, from both new and established writers, from the UK and overseas.

what are you looking for?

We have very eclectic tastes, and we don’t like labels. Just send us your best work and we’ll take it from there.

do you have a word limit?

Yes. 500 words, give or take. If it’s longer, it had better be very, very good.

do you pay?

No. We’re skint, and we do this purely for the love of it.

how do i submit a story?

Check out our Submission guidelines before you send us anything.

why spelk?

A spelk, in northeast England, is a splinter of wood – a tiny little sliver or shard embedded under the skin. Without getting too pretentious, we think there’s probably some kind of analogy there – we like flash fiction that’s short and sharp, that gets under your skin and leaves an impression. That, and we just happen to like the word.

Cal Marcius


19 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Cal, it’s great reading others work on Spelk. I’m excited to submit a piece. Mark


  2. That Spelk, that reminder sitting just below the surface, coming into mind during the most unexpected and opportune of times, as I’m working or having a conversation with a friend, reminding me how closely connected we all really are. Beautiful, evocative writing. Thank you!


  3. When you say “short and sharp,” how far under that 500-word limit are you willing to accept?

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  4. Quite addictive Spelk. Brilliant flash fiction. Oh and thanks for the follow.


  5. Hi there! Just dropping by to say a late thanks for following my blog and keep up the good work!


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