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A Magazine of Micro Fiction

Switch, def.: An act of adopting one way of life in place of another; a change, especially a radical one; a slender, flexible shoot cut from a tree; a junction of two railroad tracks, with tapering rails that allow a train to pass from one line to another.

Switch is an online magazine of micro fiction devoted to stories that leave the beaten path, carry us forward, transform.  

We are open for submissions and look forward to reading your work; here are the guidelines:

  • Each piece must not exceed 400 words. You may submit up to three pieces. 

  • Work must be unpublished and comprised of a single paragraph (please do not indent). Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

  • We'd like to receive your selections in a Word document (.doc or .docx) in single-spaced lines, using Times New Roman, 12-point font. 

  • Please embed and italicize any spoken words (do not use quotation marks around dialogue).

  • We reserve the right to request edits on any work accepted prior to publication.

  • Be sure to send us a brief biographical note (up to three lines) along with your selections.

  • If we accept your work, we ask for First Electronic Rights to publish and non-exclusive rights to retain it on our website indefinitely. If your work is republished, please credit Switch as the original publisher. 


  • Accepted work will be considered for an upcoming print anthology to be published by Gallery of Readers Press. Authors accepted for the anthology grant first anthology publication rights to Gallery of Readers Press, and will receive a complimentary copy. 

Recent Micro Fiction

The whistle has blown, the switch thrown, the train is leaving… hop aboard!

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A Virtual Reading Featuring Julie Olmsted & Barbara Rouillard


SUNDAY, October 2, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. 

Barbara A. Rouillard lives in Springfield, Massachusetts with her husband William. She retired in 2015 after teaching public high school special education for thirty-two years. Barbara has published more than eighty-five poems, essays, and short stories in publications that include Amelia, Midwest Poetry Review, Palo Alto Review, Feminist Voices, The Antigonish Review, Jewish Currents, and Verve. Barbara has won a variety of prizes including first place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards at Passaic Community College and first place in the Dorothy Daniels Writing Competition, National League of American Pen Women. In 1994, Barbara was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for an independent study of twentieth-century American female poets. She has read her work throughout New England, New Jersey, and New York, and has studied with Grace Paley, Kate Ruskin, Doug Anderson, Martín Espada, Marge Piercy, and Lesléa Newman.  Barbara has served as an editor of the Valley Women’s Voice, the Pioneer Valley’s only feminist newspaper.

 Julie Olmsted grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and migrated as a young adult to New York where she met her husband Jeff in a performer’s workshop at the Actor’s Institute. There, they performed cabaret and wrote songs together for several years. Julie graduated from New Seminary after giving birth to their first child. She officiated freelance weddings and memorials until they moved to Spring Valley, NY in 1996, when she was called to the United Church of Christ, completing her M.Div. while raising their two children, Wiley and Grace. She was contributing editor to the Dayton Daily News while serving a church there for four years. Those essays are compiled into a book of spiritual essays called Stepping onto the Invisible Bridge: Courage for Every Season of your Faith Journey. She and Jeff moved back to Jeff’s hometown of Northampton, MA in 2010. Julie will be reading from her memoir, Cornbread in Heaven.