See the Submission Guidelines page on our website for more thorough guidelines about what kind of work we publish.
Ends on $10.00

Follow these guidelines, and you just might have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as the Flash Monster 2023 winner.

– All submissions must absolutely be no more than 1,000 words, and we tend to look more kindly on 750 or fewer because… 50-FOOT SQUIRREL!

All contest submissions will be read with authors' names concealed, so we won’t be playing favorites. 

– Please paste your submission into the corresponding field. Do not list your name anywhere in your submission or we’ll assume that you don’t know how to read.

– Costs $10 to enter.  (Sorry, no refunds.)

– We reserve the right to extend deadlines if necessary (and you can expect our usual week-ish Slacker’s Special—with corresponding increase in submission fee for you procrastinators).

– Submissions must be previously unpublished work, and you will retain copyright. By entering this contest you give us permission to publish your work if it's selected for our Top 10

No limit on how many entries you can submit, but you must submit them one at a time. Don’t just mash them all in there.

– Contest deadline is end of day (PST) Monday, October 9th, 2023. Winners announced on October 30th, and we'll unleash the Flash Monster 2023 mega-issue on Halloween!

– And, most importantly, this is a FLASH MONSTER contest, so you must include some sort of literal or figurative monster. But again, this can be in any form imaginable.


Please paste all submissions. No attachments.

Submissions must not exceed 1000 words unless those extra words are fucking genius. Even so, you'd be wise to keep it under 1000, with priority given to fiction that tells the most engaging and self-contained story in the fewest words (average length of accepted pieces is around 300-600).

Include a clever two-sentence bio in the space provided. You can list all the publications in which your previous work has been featured if that gets you off, but we prefer insight into who you are or imagine yourself to be.
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