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$5.00 USD

Our February 2020 Flash 405 contest will be judged by Associate Editor Sarah Smith Narhi. The theme: 

Bright Spot

From Sarah: 

“To a lot of people it feels like we’re either already living in a dystopian nightmare or nearing a dystopian future. I want to hear about the bright spot in your life that gets you out of bed in the morning not knowing whether or not World War III has started. Tell me about raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, or a dog’s carefully curated Instagram account. Tell me about God, a surfboard, or a stolen Netflix account. Tell me about the things in life that spark enough joy that you would fistfight Marie Kondo to save them from the junkyard. I want to hear about the bright spot in you or your character’s life.”

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 Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format.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.

Prizes: 

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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