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 sodapop—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

Hannah Gordon | Managing Editor

Hannah Gordon is a Detroit-based fiction writer. She is the author of Almost Love Stories: A Collection, and her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ellipsis Zine, OCCULUM, great weather for MEDIA, Synaesthesia Magazine, WhiskeyPaper, and more. She can be found online here and tweets here

 hoto Credit:  Mitya Ku

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. 


Letisia Cruz | Assistant Editor

Letisia Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and artist. Her writing and artwork have appeared in Ninth Letter, The Acentos Review, Gulf Stream, Moko Caribbean Arts and Letters, Ink Brick and the Writing Disorder, and her chapbook Chonga Nation was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Gazing Grain Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently lives in Miami, Florida. She serves as Resident Artist and Co-editor at Petite Hound Press and Online Poetry Re-Features Editor at The Literary Review. Find her online at