Fatal Flaw Literary Magazine

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Fatal Flaw is an international online magazine publishing unexpected, topical writing and visual art that considers the world through a cracked lens. Show us the fatal flaw and the beauty inherent within it.

We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds – from the emerging and unpublished to the established – and especially encourage submissions from those who identify as persons of color, multiracial, indigenous, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and anyone belonging to a community of underrepresented voices. 

Submissions now open - Vol. 9

Submissions period: January 23 - February 26


When we take action, we maximize our sense of control. There is a power there, translating thought into deed. But with power comes consequence, and responsibility.

For the 9th volume of Fatal Flaw, we want to explore the concept of Agency.

As artists and thinkers, how do we exercise agency in our own work? How does that agency reveal itself through a manifestation of our creativity? What do we lose when we absolve ourselves of agency? And what happens when our agency is denied?

We want pieces that examine desire made real, an illumination of that space between action and inaction and what can tip the scales. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry that demonstrate personal salvation or a struggle for that control. Visual art that throws into relief the most human of experiences: to take action, to live.

Send us your most fearless, boundless work—we can’t wait to experience it.

Fatal Flaw Literary Magazine