CHEAP POP is an online literary journal focusing on micro-fiction, 500 words or less, that pops—stories that, regardless of their short nature, stick with you. That are memorable and will be on our brains for days. There are no regional or theme restrictions of any kind, and really, we're using the term fiction loosely here (but please note, we do not accept poetry). New stories are posted every Tuesday and Thursday, so check out the types of things we publish and get to know what we're all about.
The name CHEAP POP is inspired by the regional word Michiganders use for soda—pop—and you can, to this day, see signs all over the state advertising “Cheap pop for sale.” The idea of this online journal is much in the same—to quench your literary thirst with quick sips of awesome writing.
Basically: Wow us with your work, send us only finished pieces you’re proud of, and let’s do this.
Check out our Submissions page for a full list of dos and don'ts, including exactly what we're looking for.
Please note: Our header image, and all other images used on this site and in our marketing (unless otherwise noted), were acquired and modified (text added, cropped) from the Biodiversity Heritage Library Flickr stream, within the rights of the Creative Commons license.
Robert James Russell | Founding Editor-in-Chief
Robert James Russell is the author of the novellas Mesilla (Dock Street Press) and Sea of Trees (Winter Goose Publishing), and the chapbook Don't Ask Me to Spell It Out (WhiskeyPaper Press). He is the co-founder and Managing Editor of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic. He lives in South Bend, Indiana, and you can find him online at robertjamesrussell.com.
Hannah Gordon | Managing Editor
Hannah Gordon is a writer and editor living in Detroit, Michigan. She is the author of Almost Love Stories: A Collection, and her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Hypertrophic Literary, Jellyfish Review, Synaesthesia Magazine, WhiskeyPaper, and more. Her work can be found here, and she tweets here.
Elizabeth Schmuhl | Editor
Elizabeth Schmuhl is a writer and multidisciplinary artist whose work is published or forthcoming in PANK, Michigan Quarterly Review, Big Lucks, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Her full length book, Presto Agitato: A Dictionary of Modern Movement, was published by Zoo Cake Press in fall of 2015 with an additional chapbook-length version published by Dancing Girl Press in early 2016. She also illustrates essays for The Rumpus and is currently developing a movement company and artist residency on her 101 year-old, family-owned fruit farm in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Dustin Petzold| Assistant Editor
Dustin Petzold is a writer and editor based in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of George Washington University's creative writing program and has assembled various combinations of words that are floating around somewhere on the internet.
Noa Sivan| Assistant Editor
Noa Sivan was born and raised in Israel and is currently living in Granada, Spain. She is a graphic designer and a writer. In 2016, she started writing in English. Her first story, "Plaza Trinidad," was published in Jellyfish Review and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She read for R.kv.r.y. Quarterly and was a guest editor for Formercactus on their 10th issue. Her little words appear in Jellyfish Review, Lost Balloon, Wigleaf, FRiGG and more. She has a soft spot for well-chiseled micro-fiction and indifferent dogs. You can find her here and here.