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9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

2 August 2017

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize
First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click http://gemini-magazine.com/contest.html to read any of the four dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

WOW! Women On Writing – SUMMER 2017 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

11 July 2017

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the SUMMER 2017 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINE:

SUMMER: August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.

OR

Buy Entry with Critique: $20.00

Upon the close of our contest, and after the winners are announced, you will receive a critique from one of our round table judges on three categories:

  • Subject
  • Content
  • Technical

You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback for each category as well. There’s also an additional category that does not get scored: Overview. That is the general impression your story had on the reader. Please be patient upon the close of our contest and allow time for our editors to thoroughly critique your piece. We send out critiques after the contest winners are announced.

PRIZES: 20 WINNERS TOTAL!

We raised the cash prizes this season!

FIRST PLACE:

  • $400.00 cash prize
  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

SECOND PLACE:

  • $300.00 cash prize
  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

THIRD PLACE:

  • $200.00 cash prize
  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

7 RUNNERS UP:

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • $20 Gift Certificate from Amazon
  • Name, state, and title entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

Click to Download the SUMMER 2017 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF. Download the latest version at http://www.adobe.com

Please read the contest terms & conditions in full before submitting your entry. Please make sure you read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending us an email.

Note: Previous winners who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd ARE allowed to reenter this season. Also, if you placed as a runner up or honorable mention previously, you may enter again. Basically, everyone is welcome to enter!

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

1 June 2017

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click http://gemini-magazine.com/contest.html to read any of the four dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

 

WOW! Women On Writing: Flash Fiction Contest – Winter 2017

24 January 2017

Winter 2017 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Open Prompt: You can write about anything in any genre as long as it’s fiction.
Word Count: 250 words minimum; 750 words maximum
Submission Types: Electronic submissions via e-mail only; no postal submissions; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail, simultaneous submissions are okay.
Entry Fee: $10 per story; option to purchase a critique for an additional $10
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Abby Saul
Literary Agent Abby Saul

Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives.

A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends–when she’s not reading–cooking and hiking with her husband.

Find Abby @BookySaul on Twitter.

Check out Abby’s manuscript with list: http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/abby-saul/

Prizes:

20 winners total! $1,200 in cash prizes.

1st Place: $350 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

2nd Place: $250 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

3rd Place: $150 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

7 Runners Up: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

10 Honorable Mentions: $20 Amazon Gift Certificate; Name and title of story published on WOW!

How to Enter: Visit the Contest Page and download the Winter 2017 Flash Fiction Contest PDF for full guidelines, pay the entry fee on the contest page (link below), and submit via e-mail to contest[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com.

Limit 300 entries! Submit early to ensure your spot.

Visit the website: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

2017 GINOSKO FLASH FICTION CONTEST

13 January 2017

$500 Award, $5 entry fee

Deadline March 1, 2017.

Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece.
Awarded work will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website and in forthcoming issue, http://GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.

Procedures and Considerations
Please submit work, along with a brief bio and cover letter if desired, by Submittable: https://ginosko.submittable.com/submit. Name of author not to be on submission.

Guidelines and Eligibility
The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Awarded piece is selected through a submission process open to all writers with the following exception:
Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the submitted manuscript.

Final Judges
Amanda Yskamp, Michael Hettich, Gary Lundy, E M Schorb, Andrena Zawinski, Andrei Guruianu, Robert Paul Cesaretti.

Sudden Flash Fiction

2 December 2016

Sudden Flash Fiction

Deadline:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Entry Fees

$9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory.com

Prizes

$100 cash prize

Description

Sudden Fiction is a flash fiction story that uses around 750 words. The challenge of this contest is to write a story with 750 words. The story can be on any topic. But the story must be 750 words (or very close to it).

Contact Information

http://www.FanStory.com

Website:

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103829

GINOSKO FLASH FICTION CONTEST:

4 November 2016

GINOSKO FLASH FICTION CONTEST:

$500 Award, $5 entry fee, deadline for Contest #4 is March 1, 2017.

Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece.

Final Judges:

Leonore Wilson, Michael Hettich, Gary Lundy, E M Schorb, Andrena Zawinski, Andrei Guruianu, Robert Paul Cesaretti.

Awarded work will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website and in forthcoming issue.

Guidelines and Eligibility:

The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Awarded piece is selected through a submission process open to all writers with the following exception:

Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the submitted manuscript.

Procedures and Considerations:

Please submit work, along with a brief bio and cover letter if desired, by Submittable: https://ginosko.submittable.com/submit. Attachments must be in .wps, .doc, .rtf, or .pdf form, otherwise they will not be considered. Name of author not to be on submission.

Send print submissions to:

CONTEST
Ginosko Literary Journal
73 Sais Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Payment Procedures:

Online submissions will receive emailed invoices via PayPal to account  EditorGinosko@aol.com. You do not need a PayPal account. Print submissions may send $10 in cash or check (made payable to Ginosko Literary Journal) to the above address.

FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

4 November 2016

OVERVIEW:

WOW! Women on Writing hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter, and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right-hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINE:

November 30th, 2016 – 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest

23 September 2016

The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest is November 1st, 2016. This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Fall Contest winners.

Contest Submissions

TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)ictionalongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

Judging: The finalists for each category will be read by a guest judge, who will select a winner to be published in the Spring 2017 issue of F(r)iction. Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood, will be reading the short story submissions. Renowned performance poet Ken Arkind will be judging the poetry submissions. And Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass, will choose the winning flash fiction submission.

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeriesTwitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL if your work is selected for publication elsewhere as soon as possible. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication inF(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

Visit the website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

SUMMER 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

9 August 2016

DEADLINE: August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the SUMMER 2016 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

How to enter:  http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Mike’s Not-Entirely-Serious Wantonly-Rule-Breaking Adverb Writing Challenge

9 August 2016

Greetings from Bristol,

In the last couple of emails I’ve mentioned the rather fun and not particularly serious Adverb Writing Challenge. I’m pleased to say we have received over 20 stories, so the challenge now has a dedicated page on my website.

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all the writers that have submitted their stores and supported this rather crazy project. Special mentions go to Mike Scott Thomson, for co-creating the challenge with me, and Allen Ashley, who has spread the word like a madman and encouraged many of the entries.

Because everyone is giving their time for free, Mike and I thought it would be nice if the challenge were to support a charity. So, this is how it will work…

How the Adverb Challenge Works

  • 100 words max
  • Cram your story with as many adverbs as you can
  • Entry is FREE
  • EVERY story is published
  • If we receive over 100 stories, we’ll produce an anthology

If we do get to 100 stories, the anthology will be released in print and eBook formats.

Any profit made from book sales will be donated to First Story, a charity that supports and inspires creativity, literacy and confidence in UK secondary schools where over 50% of the pupils are considered deprived.

So, by writing a short adverb-riddled tale, you will be supporting a very worthy charity and you’ll be published. Everyone wins 🙂 You can learn far more details and read all the entries on the Adverb Writing Challenge page.

THE BARTHELME PRIZE FOR SHORT PROSE

4 August 2016

ACCEPTING ENTRIES UNTIL AUGUST 31ST, 2016 (8/31/2016), AT 11:59 CST

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view last year’s winner and honorable mentions, you can purchase issue 28.2 here.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

All entrants to the Barthelme Prize receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the year in which the corresponding prize winner is published.

2016 Barthelme Prize Judge Jim Shepard has written seven novels, including The Book of Aron, published in 2015, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature and the PEN/New England Award for Fiction, and four story collections, includingLike You’d Understand, Anyway, a finalist for the National Book Award and Story Prize winner. His previous novel, Project X, won the Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines,Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story,Playboy, and Electric Literature. He’s won a Guggenheim Fellowship, five of his stories have been chosen for The Best American Short Stories, two for The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and film at Williams College.

We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail.

Barthelme Prize Guidelines: Online Submissions

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Submit up to three pieces of short prose in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.

Barthelme Prize Guidelines: Postal Mail Submissions

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:
    Gulf Coast
    ATTN: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose
    Department of English
    University of Houston
    Houston, TX 77204-3013
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $18 reading fee, payable in U.S. dollars to “Gulf Coast.”

Visit the website:  http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthelme-prize/

Last call! New Millennium Writings Literary Awards

22 July 2016

New Millennium Writings’ 42nd Literary Competition

Poetry

Fiction

Flash Fiction

Nonfiction

~$4,000 in Awards~

Award Winner in each category receives $1,000 plus publication.

Every submitter receives a free copy of the anthology.

$20 per submission

July 31, 2016 deadline

Visit the website for details: www.newmillenniumwritings.org

Contact: Alexis Williams Carr, Editor, hello@newmillenniumwritings.org

Extended deadline: Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Spring Writing Contests

13 July 2016

Extended Deadline: August 1, 2016

Tethered by Letters (TBL), a literary nonprofit and independent publisher. Our tri-annual publication, F(r)iction, is an art and literature imprint that is distributed around the world. It features short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and even a selection of graphic stories. It also showcases amazing artwork.

The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Spring Writing Contests is August 1, 2016! This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Spring Contest winners.

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, will be judging short story submissions; poet, teacher, and activist Suzi Q. Smith is the poetry judge; and Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, will choose the best flash fiction submissions.

In addition to a weighty cash prize, winners of the Spring Contest will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our tri-annual journal of fine art and literature.

The deadline (August 1, 2016) is fast approaching! Visit TBL’s website for guidelines and more information.

Guidelines: http://tetheredbyletters.com/friction-guidelines/

 

Visit the website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/

The Bridport Prize 2016

14 May 2016

Deadline: Midnight (BST) on Sunday 31st May 2016

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £50.

In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched (open to UK residents only).

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship ofThe Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.

Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize, says “Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It’s not just the money – though that’s not to be sneezed at – it’s a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment”

Entry Categories

All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.  However, organisers do not recommend poems or stories written for children.

Poems (entry fee £9.00)

Judge: Patience Agbabi

Line limit: 42 lines (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee:  £8 for each poem submitted.

Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 + Highly Commended 10 x £100

The top 4 poems are submitted to the Forward Prize for best single poem

 

Short Stories (entry fee £10.00)

Judge: Tessa Hadley

Word limit: 5,000 words (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee:  £9 for each short story submitted.

Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 + Highly Commended 10 x £100

The top winning stories, poems and flash fiction will be published in the Bridport Prize 2016 anthology

The winning stories and shortlist will be read by leading London literary agents with a view to representing writers

The top thirteen eligible stories are submitted to the BBC National Short Story Award(£15,000) and The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award (£30,000)

 

Flash Fiction (entry fee £8.00)

Judge: Tim Stevenson

Word limit: 250 words (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee:  £7 for each flash fiction submitted.

Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 + Highly Commended 3 x £100

What is flash fiction?

Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some are as low as 250 words (such as ours), while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction.

Other names for flash fiction include sudden fiction, micro fiction, micro-story, short short, postcard fiction and short short story, though distinctions are sometimes drawn between some of these terms; for example, sometimes one-thousand words is considered the cut-off between “flash fiction” and the slightly longer short story “sudden fiction”. The terms “micro fiction” and “micro narrative” are sometimes defined as below 300 words.

Flash-fiction often contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten – that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.

Visit the website for details:  https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

14 May 2016

Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell?  Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling.  This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.

Contest opens:  1 May 2016
Deadline:  15 June 2016
Winner notified:  15 July 2016
Winner published in:  Issue 13, Winter 2017
Prize:  $300

Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 May): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length.  Total entries limited to 300.

Visit the website:  http://pulpliterature.com/contests/

The Central Coast Writers Contest

14 May 2016

The Central Coast (CA) Writers Contest call for entries ends July 15, 2016.  Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting must depict the theme of The Final Word.

Prizes up to $1,000.

Entries will be judged by an array of best-selling and award-winning authors, editors, and publishers.

For further details, submission guidelines, contest rules, judges profiles and to submit your entry electronically please visit: http://www.CCWritersContest.com.

Narrative Magazine’s Spring 2016 Story Contest

13 May 2016

OUR SPRING CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize,the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories,The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many others. View the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $24 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is July 31, 2016, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by August 31, 2016. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Visit the website to submit your work:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/332521

Confrontation is open to submissions from any writer.

11 April 2016

How to send your work:

U.S.-based writers: Along with your manuscript of previously unpublished work, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with standard letter-rate 1st-class postage so that we can reply to your submission. If you want us to return your manuscript along with our reply, be sure to include enough postage on your SASE to allow us to do so. If your work is a simultaneous submission, please let us know in your cover letter.

International writers: E-mail submissions (confrontationmag@gmail.com) are accepted only from writers living outside the U.S. Please do not include prose and poetry submissions in the same e-mail. Please do include your postal mailing address with your submission. E-mail submissions from U.S. writers will be deleted.

If your work under simultaneous submission is accepted elsewhere, please inform us as soon as possible: confrontationmag@gmail.com. In addition to the title of the work, be sure to specify whether it’s poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, and whether it was sent via regular mail or e-mail.

We usually respond to submissions within three to four months; we are quite a small staff, so we appreciate in advance your patience if we stray beyond this window. Reading period for all submissions: August 16 – April 15. Unless specifically commissioned or solicited, all manuscripts and e-mail submissions received during the non-reading period will be returned unread.

Please note: we do not respond to queries.

For all submissions, please be sure not to put two spaces after a period.

Mail your submissions to:

Confrontation Magazine
English Department
LIU Post

Brookville, NY 11548

 

Stories

We judge on quality of writing and thought or imagination, so we will accept genre fiction. However, it must have literary merit or it must transcend or challenge genre.

Send complete manuscript.

Length: Up to 7,200 words, one piece per submission; six pieces per submission for flash fiction (up to 500 words per piece).

Payment: $175-$250; more for commissioned work.

 

Poetry

Length of a poem should be kept to two pages.

Send up to six poems per submission.

Payment: $75-$100; more for commissioned work.

 

Nonfiction

We publish personal as well as cultural, political and other kinds of essays, and (self-contained) sections of memoirs.

Send complete manuscript.

Length: 1,500-5,000 words, one piece per submission.

Payment: $100-$150; more for commissioned work.

Visit the website:  http://confrontationmagazine.org/submit/

Yellow Chair Review – call for submissions

11 April 2016

Yellow Chair Review is a literary journal accepting submissions of poetry, prose and art.  Issues release quarterly.   We seek to act as a safe space for both readers and writers from marginalized groups. We are particularly interested to see submissions from POC and the LGBTQ community.

These same standards and practices extend into our Press.

Submission Guidelines:

WE ARE NOW USING SUBMITTABLE.  PLEASE NO MORE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS. (LINK BELOW)

Please see our publication schedule for details on what we’re looking for.

Deadlines:  Submittable will always have our current deadlines posted. 

Written Work:

  • Include a brief (50 words or so) 3rd person Bio.  Include a link to your website!
  • Please do not send a long explanation of your work.  Let your work speak for itself.
  • Poetry – 5 poems maximum and no longer than 10 pages
  • Send all work in ONE FILE.  Do not send multiple submissions in the same category or multiple files.
  • Prose – Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction only.  1000 words or less and up to 2 pieces
  • We will also consider Found Poems, Ekphrasis Poems (so long as you have permission to include the art with it) and Erasure Poems.
  • No previously published work.
  • Simultaneous Submissions accepted.  Please notify ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • If submitting to an Issue expect a response within 48 hours.

Art:

  • Please submit your stick figures, paintings, illustrations, drawings, digital media, photography, or anything not listed here that could be considered art.
  • You may submit up to 5 pieces.
  • Submit a bio and the medium the work is in.
  • Artwork should be high-resolution digital copies.
  • Images of your artwork must be attached in jpeg, png, or tiff format.
  • All submitted artwork will automatically be considered for the cover art of that issue.
  • If submitting to an Issue expect a response within 48 hours.

By submitting the writer/artist acknowledges:

  • Work must be final and checked for grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Minor grammatical and spelling edits may be needed.  If they are you will be notified.
  • Yellow Chair is currently a non-paying market.
  • Publication is currently online only via issuu.com or wordpress.com.  Your work may also appear as a feature on Twitter and on Facebook.
  • Yellow Chair requires first North American serial publishing rights, after publication all rights revert back to author.  All accepted work will remain archived online.
  • Accepted work may appear in an annual print anthology.  If your work is chosen for this anthology you’ll be notified.  We cannot provide contributor copies at this time but hope to change that in the future.
  • Yellow Chair asks that any reprints give first publication credit.

Visit website for submission details:  http://www.yellowchairreview.com/#!ycr-submission-guidelines/c1lzv

Announcing four new awards from The Los Angeles Review!

23 March 2016

Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review are pleased to announce the inception of a brand new bi-annual award series. A prize of $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review will be given to four authors each issue for exceptional writing in each genre.

The new contests are:

Short Fiction Award, with inaugural judge Tom Janikowski (1500 word max)

Flash Fiction Award, with inaugural judge Ron Koertge (500 word max)

Creative Nonfiction Award, with inaugural judge Seema Reza (1500 word max)

Poetry Award, with inaugural judge Brynn Saito (50 line max)

Complete Guidelines:

  • Submissions for each contest are accepted via Submittable for $20 USD.
  • The contest closes May 1, 2015.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately at lareview.maddox.assteditor@gmail.com if the work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Only previously unpublished writing will be considered. Entries are not considered for general inclusion inThe Los Angeles Review.
  • In the cover letter field of each submission, include author’s name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. Do NOT include this information in the submitted file.

Deadline: May 1, 2015

  • The winners will be selected in fall of 2016 and announced via our website, and a Red Hen Press press release.
  • The winning works will be published in The Los Angeles Review, Issue 21.
  • Please direct questions to: lareview.maddox.assteditor@gmail.com

Visit the website for details: http://losangelesreview.org/awards/

1000 WORDS or LESS – FLASH FICTION COMPETITION ROUND 2

13 March 2016

1000 WORDS or LESS – FLASH FICTION COMPETITION ROUND 2

1000 WORDS or LESS wishes to give writers the opportunity to showcase their creative skill in the shorter story genre.

Approximately 50 entries will be selected for printed and e-book publication to capture the creativity, inspiration, ideas and thoughts of a diverse range of writers and provide a permanent published record of contemporary, past or futuristic ideas or themes. The entrant may choose any subject, theme, idea or inspiration.

The entry must be fictitious and not exceed 1,000 words.

The competition is open to writers in Australia and overseas.

First prize is $1,000 AUD.

There are additional cash prizes of $100 AUD for up to 5 other entries.

Entry fee is $15 AUD.

Competition closes on 31 March 2016 AEST.

Visit the website for details: http://www.1000words-or-less.com.au/

Please contact 1000wordsorless@1000wordsorless.com.au with any queries.

The results of Round 1 of the competition and forms, guidelines and information for Round 2 can be found on http://www.1000words-or-less. com.au

1000 WORDS or LESS – FLASH FICTION COMPETITION

10 January 2016

1000 WORDS or LESS – FLASH FICTION COMPETITION

1000 WORDS or LESS wishes to give writers the opportunity to showcase their creative skill in the shorter story genre.

Up to 50 entries will be selected for printed and e-book publication to capture the creativity,

inspiration, ideas and thoughts of a diverse range of writers and provide a permanent published record of contemporary,

past or futuristic ideas or themes.  The entrant may choose any subject, theme, idea or inspiration.

The entry must be fictitious and not exceed 1,000 words.

The competition is open to writers in Australia and overseas.

First prize is $1,000 AUD.

There are additional cash prizes of $100 AUD for up to 5 other entries.

Entry fee is $15 AUD.

Competition closes 31 January 2016 AEST.

Please contact 1000wordsorless@1000wordsorless.com.au for entry details.

More information is available from http://www.1000words-or-less. com.au

Calls for submissions: NEON LITERARY MAGAZINE

9 January 2016

HOW TO SEND WORK FOR PUBLICATION

Before sending your work for possible publication… please read the magazine! Doing so is the only way to understand what I want to publish, and doesn’t cost much. In fact, digital issues are free and print issues cost less than a sandwich and a coffee. By subscribing, purchasing a sample copy, or making a donation you’ll be helping to keep the magazine alive, and allowing me to pay the authors I publish.

You can find a wealth of good reasons to subscribe to Neon in this article. I hope that you’ll consider doing so; if just one in ten people who submitted work also subscribed to the magazine, Neon would never be short of funds. If you do support the magazine with a purchase, subscription or donation, please mention this in your cover letter. As a thankyou for your support, I’ll try and provide some personal feedback on your submission.

 

1. What I’m Looking For

There is no set word limit, but please send enough work to cover approximately three pages of the magazine. This could be one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems. I prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative. I am open to reading anything, however, and am often surprised by pieces that don’t fall into these categories.

Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please send it anyway and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

2. Terms

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let me know if a piece is published elsewhere. On acceptance Neon takes one-time non-exclusive rights to your work, as well as the right to archive it. Accepted authors receive one contributor copy, as well as a royalty derived from sales, subscriptions and donations – usually about £8.

 

3. How To Submit

Include a covering letter and a 50-word biography in the body of the email. The subject line should include the word “Submission”. The editor is Krishan Coupland. Send work by email to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk. Paste work into the body of the email if possible.

Please add Neon to your “Safe Senders” list, and query if you have received no response after two months. You may also wish to follow Neon on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, or join the mailing list, to be kept informed of any submissions-related news.

If you are new to sending your work out for publication, you might find this guide useful.

 

4. Feedback

If you are a current subscriber to the magazine, or if you have recently made a donation orpurchased a sample copy, please mention this in your covering letter. I’ll try and give some personalised feedback in my response. All submissions are given equal consideration, regardless of whether or not the author supports the magazine.

Visit the website: http://neonmagazine.co.uk/

Call for submissions: LUNARIS REVIEW Journal

9 January 2016

GUIDELINES FOR FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION AND ESSAYS SUBMISSION

We publish literary fiction (flash fiction, short story and creative nonfiction). Lunaris Review accepts submission of flash fiction up to 1,000 words; short story, creative non-fiction up to 4,000 words and essay not longer than 7,500 words. We do not accept sci-fi and erotic compositions.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment should include your name, email address, the title of the story and the word count. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: FICTION/ESSAY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Poetry

Lunaris Review accepts poems of diverse thematic pre-occupations, forms and styles. Please do not send more than four poems per submission period and the length of individual poems should not exceed 40 lines. Although, longer poems would not be declined, but shorter poems would be given first consideration.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment must include your name, email address, the title of the poem(s) and the number of lines. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: POETRY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Artwork and Photography

Visual Artwork (photographs inclusive) will be considered for the cover and/or interior of each issue. Please do not send more than seven pieces per submission period. Any format is acceptable

Attach your works as high-resolution files. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: ARTWORKS/PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSION.

General Guidelines and Policy

In the body of the email, include; your name, your email, and a brief biography. We publish only works that have not been previously published, either online or in print. Multiple submissions are not accepted. We accept simultaneous submissions; however let us know right away when/if such work has been accepted elsewhere, in the case of which you would need to withdraw your submission through an email notification. All submissions should be sent to africa@lunarisreview.com.

By sending us your work you are stating that the work is your own, and do not infringe on any copyright. You are also stating that we acquire first rights (that is, we do not accept previously published works) to publish your work in the event that it is accepted. The rights of any published work in this journal remain with the contributor, and we ask that you acknowledge Lunaris Review if you republish such work.

We reserve the right to copyedit your work before publishing it. Any significant changes to content will be approved by the author prior publication. We also reserve the right to use your work in all promotional material for the journal. We do not charge submission fees and do not pay contributors for now but would put up necessary information should/whenever that change.

Entrust us with your best work and let us share your creativity.

JOURNAL SUBMISSION WINDOWS

    • January issue: October 1st – November 30th
    • April Issue: January 1st – February 28th
    • July issue: April 1st – May 31st
    • October Issue: July 1st – August 31st

Any work received after the deadline would be automatically considered for the following issue.

How to submit, visit: http://lunarisreview.com/submit-journal