The Best Flash Fiction Writing Contests of 2022

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Fanstory Writing Contests

Fanstory

Subscribe to Fanstory for $9.95 a month and enter as many contests as you like from their list of writing and poetry contests, updated daily. All participants receive feedback from a community of writers, and the winner of each contest receives a cash prize of up to $100.

Top prize

Cash prizes of up to $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: January 31, 2023


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Blurred Genres Flash Contest

Invisible City

Invisible City's Blurred Genres Flash Contest, judged by Lynn Steger Strong, is open for free submissions March 1 through 31. $500 to first place, $200 to second, $100 to third, and publication for the top five. Entries must be 750 words or less unpublished flash fiction, prose poetry, or something in between.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

$200 to second, $100 to third, publication for top 5

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: March 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, Poetry

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Lazuli Literary Group

We are not concerned with genre distinctions. Send us the best you have; we want only for it to be thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful. We want art that grows in complexity upon each visitation; we enjoy ornate, cerebral, and voluptuous phrases executed with thematic intent.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in "AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought"

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: May 22, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Novella, Script Writing

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WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women On Writing

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 - 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Top prize

$400

Additional prizes

Interview on WOW! Blog, $25 Amazon gift card

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, Fiction, Short Story

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F(r)iction Flash Fiction Contest

F(r)iction

We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. You may submit up to three entires for $12. A single entry is $10. Each entry can be up to 1,000 words long.

Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Considered for publication in F(r)iction

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: April 28, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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2023 Book Prize

Unleash Press

Writers are invited to submit novels, short story collections and creative nonfiction manuscripts. The Editors' Prize winner receives a publication contract with Unleash Press and $1000 prize, along with 10 printed copies of the final book. We may also offer publication contracts to additional outstanding manuscripts.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publishing contract

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $35

Deadline: December 31, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story

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Biopage Storytelling Writing Contest

Biopage

Biopage is hosting a writing contest to remind people the benefits of writing. Each story (or once chapter of your stories) is limited to 5,000 characters or roughly 1,000 words. You can write about good life experience, or bad, embarrassing, frightening ones. You can win $300, and five runners-up can win $100 each.

Top prize

$300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: July 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story, Flash Fiction

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Newbie Flash Fiction

FanStory.com Inc.

The challenge of this writing contest is to share a story that uses exactly 100 words. Write about anything but can you share a complete story with only 100 words?

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: October 18, 2022


Genres

Flash Fiction

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Six Word Wonder Contest

Six Word Wonder

To win, write a six word story, poem, memoir, or joke. Free to enter, with the chance to get your tiny creation published, and you crowned as the Six Word Wonder - winning $100. Last year's contest had over 3,300 entries, with over 100 short-listed. Every writer gets six free entries to play with.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in next book in the Six Word Wonder series

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: November 30, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Short Story

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Typewriter Awards

League of Utah Writers

The Typewriter Awards are open to members of the League of Utah Writers for shorter creative writing work published in 2021 or 2022 before the contest deadline.

Top prize

Trophy

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: May 13, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Olive Woolley Burt Awards For Creative Writing

League of Utah Writers

The Olive Woolley Burt Awards are open to the general public for previously unpublished work. Discounts for entry given to members of the League of Utah Writers.

Top prize

$150

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 13, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Science Writing, Script Writing, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult

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Parsec Short Story Contest

Parsec Inc.

The theme for the 2022 contest is: Hearth, Song, and Table. We ask that authors try and incorporate at least two of the three concepts into their speculative work. This can be conveyed in the setting, plot, characters, dialogue; the only limit is your imagination. The theme must be integral to the story in some way and not just mentioned in passing. All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genres and no more than 3,500 words.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in the 2022 Confluence program book

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: May 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Short Story

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Invictus Prep Young Writers Creative Writing Contest

Invictus Prep

The Invictus Prep Young Writers Creative Writing Contest is an amazing chance for emerging writers to showcase their talents and win prize money! We hold contests for both high school and college students in the poetry and short story categories. Winners will be featured on our website and awarded cash prizes. No entry fee required. Entrants retain all publication rights. Contests run from January 15th, 2022 to May 15th, 2022. We look forward to reading your work!

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Publication on website

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: May 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Dandy Writers Short Story Contest

Dandy Writers

Submit a story of no more than 200 words. Your submission must be in line with the theme of the month. A writer is only permitted to submit one application per month. No more than one application. No plagiarism, even if it’s your work already published. Your work must be yours. Your data entered must be accurate. You must pay the entry fee. Note: Failure to comply with these rules will result to your application cancelled. And your entry fee will not be refunded. Thanks as you obey these rules.

Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Writing Job

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: May 30, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Short Story

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True Story Flash

FanStory.com Inc.

Share your flash fiction story. But for this contest we aren't looking for fiction. Rather share your true story with only 100 words. Cash prize!

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 27, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, Non-fiction

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Indignor Play House Annual Short Story Annual Competition

Indignor House Publishing

Indignor House Publishing is proud to introduce the start of our annual writing competition with the first award and publication in August of 2022. Submissions will be accepted starting September 1st of each previous year and closing on March 31st of the publication year. Up to 25 submissions will be accepted for inclusion in the annual book publication. Book format will be in three media formats (hardback with jacket, softback, and e-book). Every year, a theme will be announced in June for the next year’s competition. The 2022-year theme is RESENTMENT and short stories can be of any genre. Maximum word count for short stories is up to 5,000 words.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Annual Book, trophy and certificate

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: March 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2021

Stringybark Publishing

We are looking for great short stories that address any theme that grabs you. But to just make life not too easy, the story has two stipulations. Firstly, it is to be written for those over the age of 16 and secondly, it must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. 1500 word limit.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $14

Deadline: February 13, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Mystery, Short Story, Crime, Flash Fiction, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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Create The Future Climate Writing and Solarpunk Competition

Create the Future

Create The Future is running a free global writing competition to help us imagine a better earth for all. All winning entries will be published in a global anthology alongside experts and changemakers. We’d like you to answer the question “What does a sustainable future look like to you? What happens when we dare to dream?” Submissions are open for short fiction (up to 2,000 words) and poetry (up to 40 lines).

Top prize

£50

Additional prizes

Eco lifestyle bundles and publication in global anthology

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: February 13, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction

Desperate Literature

The aim of the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. We value fiction that pushes some boundary or another, that wakes us up and shows us something vital and surprising about the world. We are a bookshop and organization based in Madrid, Spain, but our contest welcomes English-language fiction from around the world. There are no geographical limits to enter, but stories must be previously unpublished, and under 2,000 words. Judges for the 2022 prize are Ottessa Moshfegh and Joanna Walsh. Sponsorships and discounted entry fees available; see our website. 1st place: a week's residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, consultation with a UK literary agent, manuscript consultation. One shortlister is offered an additional residency or opportunity at the Writers’ House of Georgia, Tbilisi. Top 11 stories are published in our magazine and in our partner journals.

Top prize

€1,500

Additional prizes

2nd and 3rd place: €750

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $23

Deadline: April 15, 2020 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! One 1st Place Winner will receive: $3,000 in cash, their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s September/October 2022 issue, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot The 2nd Place Winner will receive: $1,500 in cash, their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s September/October 2022 issue The 3rd Place Winner will receive: $500 in cash, their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s September/October 2022 issue 4th - 10th Place Winners will receive: $100 in cash, their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s September/October 2022 issue 11th - 25th Place Winners will receive: A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com

Top prize

$3,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 17, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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Season Themes

HAVOK Publishing

HAVOK is a constant flash fiction contest, with rolling deadlines. Each season is split into monthly competitions with thematically connected prompts in a range of genres.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in an anthology. Potential for larger gift card wins.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fantasy, Flash Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller

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#GWstorieseverywhere

Gotham Writers

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere.

Top prize

Gotham Writers Workshop

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction

The Lascaux Review

Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. True stories and prose poetry are welcome as long as they’re written in a narrative style. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication online in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in the annual print journal.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: June 30, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize

Alpine Fellowship

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 - Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization. A maximum of 2,500 words per entry.

Top prize

£10,000

Additional prizes

£3,000, £2,000, invitation to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: April 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

Prism

Winter means one thing around these parts: our annual Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction is now open for submissions! The prize is named for Jacob Zilber, who played a central role founding the University of British Columbia’s department of creative writing, (the very first of its kind in Canada) and PRISM international (us!).

Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

$600, $400

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: January 16, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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Queer Sci-Fi Flash Fiction Contest

Queer Sci-Fi

Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words. The theme for 2022 is "Clarity".

Top prize

$75

Additional prizes

Top 3 stories published in an ebook

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, LGBTQ, Science Fiction

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Funny Festival Fables

C.A.A.B Publishin

Write us a short story about the festive period. We want tales about silly snowmen, naughty elves, and hilarious stories that would make Santa go HO! HO! HO! Entries should be around 1,000 words or less and must be sent as a Word Document with no pictures.

Top prize

$40

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: August 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Children's, Flash Fiction

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Stone Soup Flash Fiction Contest

Stone Soup

Stone Soup holds a Flash Contest during the first week of every month. The month’s first Weekly Creativity prompt provides the contest challenge. Submissions are due by midnight on Sunday of the same week. Up to five winners are chosen for publication on our blog. The winners, along with up to five honorable mentions, are announced in the following Saturday Newsletter.

Top prize

Publication on Stone Soup's blog

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 01, 2022


Genres

Children's, Flash Fiction

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The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition

The Ghost Story

We’re interested in flash fiction pieces of between 250 and 1,000 words. We’re seeking the finest work we can find that incorporates an uncanny element. Ghost stories are welcome, of course—but your submission may involve any paranormal or supernatural theme, as well as magic realism. What we’re looking for is superb writing, fresh perspectives, and maybe a few surprises.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

print and online publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Short Story, Thriller

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Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition

Cranked Anvil Press

Our quarterly flash fiction competition is open for entries all year round. The competition is open to any theme or genre, and your story must be a maximum of 500 words (not including the title). You can enter up to two stories in each quarterly competition ($3 to enter one story, $5 for two).

Top prize

£100

Additional prizes

£25, publication online

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $3

Deadline: February 28, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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Ethos Literacy Annual Short Short Story Contest

Ethos Literacy

The challenge: write a story using 100 words on one of four topics. Open to all ages with a special prize for authors 14 years or younger. The contest supports nonprofit literacy programs.

Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

6 cash prizes of $100 each; publication in digital magazine, inclusion in webcast

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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Bridport Flash Fiction Prize

Bridport Arts Centre

It may be the sprint of creative writing but that doesn’t mean you can rush the creative process. Take us somewhere fast then let your story marinade in the reader's mind. Make every one of your 250 words count. There is no minimum number of words, just like there is no limit to your imagination. They say lightning doesn't strike twice but we want to feel the electricity in your story right from the beginning through to the very end.

Top prize

£1000

Additional prizes

£500 for 2nd, £250 for 3rd

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $12

Deadline: May 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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Annual Contest Submissions

So to Speak Journal

So to Speak seeks work by writers who want to challenge and change the identity of the “canonical” writer. Our mission is to amplify voices of BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, women, neurodivergent people, people of different religions or none, migrants, refugees & immigrants (regardless of citizenship), and incarcerated writers. Free submissions for Black and Indigenous Writers.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication for winner and runner-up

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $9

Deadline: November 14, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Do Wha(TS) Write

Do Wha(TS) Write

Contest entries should be flash fiction or short stories, with an absolute word limit of 1000 words. There is no required prompt or topic. Write whatever you'd like! We want to see you get creative!

Top prize

$200 (CAD)

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $2

Deadline: December 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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1/2K Prize

Indiana Review

Send us up to 3 pieces of no more than 500 words each in any genre for a chance to win $1000 + publication. This year’s final judge is Taylor Johnson. Submit your work from July 1 through August 15!

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: August 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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