About Five Chapters


FiveChapters, one of the pioneer online literary journals, has published a new short story every week since October 2006. A new story begins every Monday, serial-style, with a new installment on each weekday.

FiveChapters authors have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner and many other top literary prizes. Stories published on the site have been recognized by several editions of Best American stories and won special recognition from the Pushcart Prizes.

FiveChapters Books published the debut story collection by Emma Straub and the second collection by Jess Row, both in February 2011. In November 2013, FC Books published debut collections by Nina McConigley and Ian Stansel.

The editor of FiveChapters is David Daley. David is the editor in chief of Salon.com. He curated the 20-Minute Fiction in issue 12 of McSweeney’s, created the Tag-team Fiction series for The Journal News, and is the former features editor of Details magazine and the former lifestyles manager of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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FiveChapters accepts story submissions online through Submishmash. To submit, click here. Submissions must be attached as a Word file. FiveChapters stories work best between 5000 and 10,000 words. Please understand, however, that FiveChapters is a one-person operation, and that all submissions cannot be individually acknowledged.