CONTEST SCHEDULE

We hold three annual contests: Flash Fiction, Short Story, and Poetry. First prize in each contest is $1,000 and publication. Second prize wins $100 and publication and three or four honorable mentions each receive $25 plus publication. Writers from around the world are welcome, and all entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

We are committed to keeping entry fees low so no one who wants to enter is excluded for financial reasons, and we sometimes waive the fee for those in extreme circumstances. It’s not about the money—it’s simply about finding the best work available and bringing it to our readers in an appealing,easy-to-read format.

FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Since 2009
Opens mid-April
Extended deadline: October 2
Maximum length: 1,000 words
Any subject, any style
Entry fee: $7

SHORT STORY CONTEST
Since 2010
Opens late December.
Deadline: March 31
Any length, any subject, any style
Entry fee: $8

POETRY OPEN
Since 2011
Opens early September
Deadline: January 4
Any length, subject, or style
Entry fee: $8 for up to three poems