“Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Fatal Flaw is an online magazine publishing unexpected, topical writing and photography that considers the world through a cracked lens. Show us the fatal flaw and the beauty inherent within it.
We are currently closed to submissions for our inaugural Dystopia issue, but will be opening up again near the end of the summer. Please check back later for more information regarding our next theme and submission deadline.
Life today is proving stranger than fiction. Show us what is, what was and what could be. Blur the lines. Send us your most unexpected work.
Our world as we know it has ended. What's gone wrong and what could we have done differently? Be open. Be honest. Point out the cracks in society and reveal their underlying opportunity.
This is a surreal time. Send us critiques of the books that have taken on a renewed relevance for you. Think Severance by Ling Ma or The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai.
Send us photographs that capture these unprecedented moments. Show us something familiar, now flawed. Upend our expectations.
Fatal Flaw accepts previously unpublished work. We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please do let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We especially welcome submissions from emerging and unpublished writers.
FICTION & ESSAYS:
Please submit as a word document, double spaced, Times New Roman font. 1,000-8,000 words is preferable, but for exceptional work we'll make exceptions. Please put the word count in your cover letter.
Please limit your submission to 5 photos.
Fatal Flaw retains First Serial Rights, but otherwise the work and the rights belong to you. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to pay contributors, but we hope to in the future!