CHEAP POP is an online literary journal focusing on stories, 500 words or less, that pop—stories that, regardless of their short nature, stick with you. Stories that are unforgettable. 

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.

While we started looking only for fiction, we soon realized that the line between fiction and nonfiction often blurs; we no longer differentiate between Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and anything in-between. (Please note, however, that we DO NOT ACCEPT POETRY.) There are no regional or theme restrictions of any kind. Basically: Wow us with your work. Devastate us. Make us fall in love. Send us finished pieces you’re proud of.

Check out our SUBMISSIONS page for a full list of dos and don'ts, including exactly what we're looking for.

Stories are posted Tuesdays and Thursdays. We also keep an online archive of all previously-published work:


We encourage you to read through some stories to get a true sense of our aesthetic.

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

Hannah Gordon | Managing Editor

Hannah Gordon was born and raised in Michigan. She currently lives in Chicago. Her short stories and essays can be found in various places, including Hypertrophic Literary, Jellyfish Review, Longleaf Review, Michigan’s Emerging Writers Series, and more. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s cooking, reading, or hanging out with her husband and two cats. She tweets here

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Elizabeth Schmuhl | Editor

Elizabeth Schmuhl is a writer and multidisciplinary artist whose work is published or forthcoming in PANK, Michigan Quarterly Review, Big LucksTinderbox 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.