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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 submission 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  • Work must be unpublished and comprised of a single paragraph (please do not indent).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.

  • Send your selections in a Word document (.doc or .docx), using single-spaced lines, and Times New Roman, 12-point font. 

  • Please embed and italicize any spoken words (do not use quotation marks around dialogue. See Recent Micro Fiction for examples).

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

  • Be sure to send us a brief biographical note (up to three lines) in your Word document.

  • 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. 

Recent Micro Fiction

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

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Recent Micro Fiction

Gallery of Readers Press

presents an online reading,

Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 4:00 pm Eastern.

Vanessa Adel is a writer, educator, and performer. A long-time adjunct professor in sociology, she recently left academia to pursue independent research and writing, community climate education, and performance. She is the 2021 recipient of a climate justice award for her poem, “Yes We Must” from the virtual symposium, Creative Women Leading Climate Action. She has been writing with Gallery of Readers since 2017, and lives in Northampton with her partner and their teens.

76 years ago, Robin Barber was born a quarter mile from his present home in Northampton, Massachusetts. He co-directs Gallery of Readers with his wife Carol. He’s led Monday morning and Wednesday evening writing workshops for nearly thirty years, and he feels lucky to live in such a vibrant community of talented writers. During the 1970’s back-to-the-land movement, Robin made his home in a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, Canada. He’ll read selections from his writing about this adventure.



The Zoom meeting opens at 3:45 pm. Contact Robin or Carol  for secure access to the zoom link. Please arrive before 4 p.m. as no one will be admitted once the reading begins.

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