Ends on July 5, 2018

$5.00 USD

Flash 405 is Exposition Review's multi-genre, short form writing competition, awarding cash prizes and online publication to the winners. It accepts entries every other month from January-August.

Our next round is open from June 4 – July 5, 2018 and judged by Expo's Art and Experimental Narratives Editor Brianna J.L. Smyk. The theme is "Nature".


About Brianna J.L. Smyk: Brianna J.L. Smyk is the Art and Experimental Narratives Editor of Exposition Review as well as a multi-genre writer, a communication consultant, an art historian, and a yogi. She holds master’s degrees in art history from SDSU and in professional writing from USC. Her short fiction and nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Human Touch JournalDrunk MonkeysFORTH, and Burnt Pine Magazine. Find out more about Brianna on Twitter: @briannasmyk.

A note on "Nature" from Brianna: Nature is inherent to us. We say ‘it’s in our nature,’ speaking of that thing that shapes us. Yet in nature versus nurture we argue whether we were born the way Mother Nature—and generations of ancestors’ genes—made us or if external experiences in our lives dominate our decisions.

We can immerse ourselves in nature, get lost in the sensations and awesomeness of the wilderness here on Mother Earth as well as in the vast expanses and intricate patterns of the infinite universe(s): the macro of the cosmos and the micro of molecules; the seen, unseen, and parallel.

And though the laws of nature are immutable—permanent explanations of behavior—that doesn’t mean we can’t disprove hypotheses and even amend the occasional theory.

By way of an art-y digression, in Italian, natura morta (literally ‘dead nature’) is the term for the still life genre of painting—a fun fact I know because it’s also part of the title of one of my favorite Tom Robbins books (Still Life with Woodpecker/Natura Morta con Picchio) and because I’m interested in all things art (hint, hint).

But I don’t want any ‘dead natures,’ unless they are a spin on the literal, Italian kind (or you get creative enough to prove to me that I do). So send me vibrant pieces that dissect all the meanings of nature. I look forward to reading your work. Good luck!

We accept:

  • Fiction. A complete story, no more than 405 words (Get it?).
  • Nonfiction. A complete story, no more than 405 words.
  • Poetry. One poem, no longer than 5 lines.
  • Stage & Screen. A complete scene, no longer than 4 pages. Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format.
  • Experimental. A complete short form narrative utilizing innovative techniques and/or hybrid forms. Consider the spirit of flash as well as the limits of other categories for length guidelines.

Multiple entries are allowed. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are not. One piece per entry.

Include a short, third-person bio in the cover letter.

The judge will choose a 1st and 2nd place winner, along with up to 3 Honorable Mentions. All will receive publication on the website. 1st and 2nd place will also receive a cash prize--and here's the fun part. There's no limit to how much you could win! Here's a breakdown: 

  • 1st prize: Online publication + 40% of all entry fees.
  • 2nd prize: Online publication + 20% of all entry fees.
  • Honorable Mention: Online publication. 

Once you submit, be sure to share with your friends! The more entries we receive, the larger the prize!

Blind submissions:
All submissions are judged blind. Please save and submit your work as [TITLE]_[GENRE] and remove all identifying qualities from the final document. Note, we still require your name and a brief bio with your Submittable submission form/cover letter.

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