One benefit of our internet-shortened attention spans has been the growth of the flash genre. Because WWLA is offering two possibilities for flash writers this summer, we started to keep track of flash calls and contests and the list just continues to grow. Below, you can read about the classes that can help you take advantage of these opportunities and then browse the list for descriptions and deadlines. (And there's plenty more where these calls came from!)
Bernard Cooper will be teaching an eight-week Flash! Workshop starting July 19 in Silver Lake. In this class, writers will read diverse examples of minimalist storytelling (fiction and creative nonfiction) and write many of their own. They'll create and share work every week and, along the way, experiment with techniques to make their flash "flashier."
Chelsea Biondolillo will be teaching an online workshop on How to Compose & Publish a Prose Chapbook starting July 28. This six-week class is designed for flash prose writers (fiction and creative nonfiction) who are ready to take the next step in their work—a completed manuscript. Weekly assignments will guide participants through a first draft and then focus on strategies for organizing, revising, and publishing their chapbooks.
Flash Calls & Contests
Ghost Proposal Chapbook Contest (Deadline July 31)
At Ghost Proposal, we’re into writing that is aware of its own topography. We like work that engages with thought process. We think of writing as “a letter from a stranger that you can’t bear to throw away. It haunts you; it strengthens you” (Mary Oliver). We want to publish your strange objects. We seek cohesive manuscripts that deal in hybrid, cross-, multi-, and post-genre approaches. We are interested specifically in project-based work; while pieces within the manuscript may be disparate, they should resonate as a whole. The winning manuscript will be published in the fall of 2018. We may choose to publish an additional runner-up.
Gigantic Sequins 7th Annual Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline August 1 – $100)
Gigantic Sequins is happy to be your favorite black & white print literary arts journal. GS was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Philadelphia, and currently lives primarily in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, with outposts throughout the US in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, & more. We're known for the quality fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art, & comics we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. Our editors like to publish writers & artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, as well as writers & artists at a variety of different stages in their careers. We publish two issues each year, one in the summer and one in the winter.
Gold Line Press Chapbook Competitions (Deadline August 1 – $500 + 10 copies)
This year’s chapbook judges are Eve Ewing and Hanif Abdurraqib (nonfiction), Tongo Eisen-Martin (poetry), and Dodie Bellamy (fiction). Manuscripts must be 20-30 pages in length for poetry entries, and 7,500-15,000 words for fiction and nonfiction entries. We seek works of prose that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: novellettes, carefully curated collections of vignettes, short stories, essays, or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design.
Gris–Gris Summer Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline July 30 – $500)
Housed at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Gris-Gris: An Online Journal of Literature and Culture exists through the joint effort of faculty and staff in the Department of Languages and Literature. We see the gris-gris as a rich symbol of creative cultural borrowing and blending, an emblem of the unique mix of cultures that have shaped southern Louisiana. Submit fiction of no more than 1,000 words by July 30, 2018. The winner receives $500 and publication in Gris-Gris. Pulitzer Prize winner, Robert Olen Butler, will select the winner. All submissions will be considered for publication.
Little Bound Books is our imprint devoted to small form essays and chapbooks. The personal essay series is the cornerstone of the Little Bound Books imprint. Personal. Poignant. Powerful, this series is tiny in appearance at 4 x 6 in size and only 8000 – 9000 words in length; however, don’t be deceived by the small stature. The content for each personal essay in this series packs a punch to the heart (in the best sense). Think: Emerson’s On Nature or Self-Reliance; Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience, Barry Lopez’s Sliver of Sky, Annie Dillards’ Total Eclipse or James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son—it is this honesty, grit, and intelligence to which we aspire.
HOOT Review Call for Submissions (Rolling)
HOOT is a postcard. A very nice-looking one. With writing on it! It is also a little more complicated than that. It is also: a brief, displayable, shareable literary magazine. The idea is: —to have stories and poems on a postcard, so that they can be displayed and shared easily.
—for people to have a literary magazine that they can both afford to subscribe to and have time to read.
—to have a literary magazine that is excellent in a pure, gimmick-free way.
Indiana Review 2018 1/2 K Prize (Deadline July 15 – $1000)
Now in its thirty-ninth year of publication, Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. Send us up to three pieces, 500 words or less, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Final Judges: Bryan Borland & Seth Pennington of Sibling Rivalry Press.
Quick reads for the busy and bright // LARB in five minutes or less. Our Editorial Board welcomes story pitches from professional and freelance writers, journalists, columnists, and authors on all topics, whether it is a book review, hard news journalism, a feature article, or an op-ed.
One side of our mission at Lunch Ticket is to publish writers and artists who have been marginalized and underrepresented, and work that engages with issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. The other side is to allow our volunteer editorial and production teams, staffed entirely by Antioch University MFA students and alumni, to engage with the greater literary community and gain professional experience working in the publishing industry. Amuse-Bouche: À La Carte is a curated occasional series featuring short pieces that engage with one aspect of our mission.
The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline September 30 – $3000)
Our love of flash fiction runs deep. We are proud to now offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.
Monkeybicycle is an online literary journal which is updated almost daily. It is also a print journal, publishing one issue per year. Founded in 2002 in Seattle, WA, Monkeybicycle has continued to publish the absolute highest quality in a wide range of literary categories. We love all kinds of things. Whatever you feel like sending to us, we'll gladly look it over, regardless of the subject matter.
New Flash Fiction Review Call for Submissions and Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction (Deadlines August 1 and December 1 – $300)
New Flash Fiction Review was founded in 2014 by Meg Pokrass. We are an online magazine devoted to flash fiction. Entries for the Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction should be 1000 words or less. The winner will receive $300, publication in New Flash Fiction Review, and immediate nominations for a Pushcart Prize nomination and Best Small Fictions, 2019. We will be open to submissions for our Fall Issue from July 1st until August 1st. You will receive a response for your submission by the end of August. Our Fall Issue will be published in September.
Founded in 2006 by M. Bartley Seigel and Roxane Gay, PANK Magazine is a literary magazine fostering access to emerging and innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. We're looking for chapbooks that won't quit. We want to see everything. We're publishing work we can't put down. For poetry send us up to 40 pages and for fiction, creative nonfiction and hybrid work send us up to 65 pages. If your work pushes a few pages over, send it anyway. We're looking for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.
Paper Darts Call for Submissions (Rolling)
A magazine of LIT + ART fueled by volunteers and imaginary money since 2009. We currently publish fiction and nonfiction that is 1,000 words or less. If your piece is a little over, maybe by 250 words, we'll probably still read it. If your piece is much longer than that, we won't. Innovative and entertaining storytelling, underrepresented voices (both in writers and in characters), inclusive feminism, accessibility, boundary-pushing and norm-challenging stories, sincerity but not necessarily honesty, cross-platform narratives, and whatever you’ve created that doesn’t already exist somewhere else (duh).
Pigeon Pages Flash Contest (Deadline August 1 – $250)
Pigeon Pages is a literary space where emerging and established writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to nest together. We seek to champion voices that are not always allowed to sing loudly. Judged by Alexander Chee, bestselling author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, The Queen of the Night, and Edinburgh. The winning author will receive $250 and publication in Pigeon Pages. Two honorable mentions will receive $50 and publication in Pigeon Pages. Pigeon Pages publishes prose online, and Pigeon Pages NYC showcases local writers monthly at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.