A Flash Fiction Contest from PEN America, Poets & Writers, and The Masters Review

The Masters Review, in collaboration with PEN America and Poets & Writersis hosting a flash fiction contest with a $2,000 prize!

The contest is for emerging writers only, and only accepts previously unpublished stories. All submissions must be under 1,000 words. First prize also includes publication; second and third place winners receive $200 and $100 respectively.

The deadline for submissions is May 31. Submit online here.

From The Masters Review:

Our love of flash fiction runs deep. And throughout our six years of reading work by emerging writers we’ve seen some incredible pieces of small and powerful fiction, but we’ve never hosted a call for flash. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Send us big worlds in tiny packages, large ideas with a low word count. Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words.

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction and are looking for stories that dazzle us, take chances, are bold — and do so by focusing on more than plot. Flash is special. It allows you to be creative with timeline, voice, and perspective. Dazzle us!

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction and are looking for stories that dazzle us, take chances, are bold — and do so by focusing on more than plot. Flash is special. It allows you to be creative with timeline, voice, and perspective. Dazzle us!

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