Writing Competition: Flash Fiction

The Gateway Review hosts one contests annually: our Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest.  See below for details on both:

Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest

The Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest is open to any writer, and is the only time during the year that we accept flash fiction submissions.

Each entry is $5, and can contain one or two pieces of flash fiction, each no longer than 1000 words.  Writers may submit however many entries they wish, so long as they pay the $5 entry fee for each entry.  Simultaneous submissions are welcome and encouraged, but submitters must withdraw their work–the fee is nonrefundable in these cases–should it be accepted elsewhere.  Partial withdrawals are fine and can be made via email to thegatewayreview@gmail.com; simply include your name and identify which piece in your entry is being withdrawn.

Entries must be submitted double-spaced and with no identifying information included; any entry that does not follow these guidelines will be immediately disqualified.  Any piece that is over 1,000 words will also face automatic disqualification.

All work should fit within the traditions of fabulism, surrealism, or magic realism.  We are not interested in science fiction or high fantasy, and these are unlikely to be selected as winners by the contest judge.

Prizes and Judging Process:

Unlike our Writing Competition, the Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest does not have a set prize.  Instead, the prize is determined based on the number of entries as follows:

First Place Winner receives 50% of net entry fees.

Runner-Up receives 20% of net entry fees.

The contest screeners will select approximately ten to twelve pieces as semi-finalists.  The editor-in-chief will select the winner and runner-up, and will also determine any finalists whose work ought to be published and included in the issue.

The entry period for this contest runs from July 15 through September 15, and all entries should be made through our Submittable page.  Good luck!