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Force Majeure Flash Contest

Writing Contest by Storm Cellar







  • Response time: -
  • Prizes: 300, 100, 100
  • Fee: 5
  • Last run: 2023-01-01 - 2023-05-30
  • Reading blind: -

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 1000

Type: Flash

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 1000

Type: Flash


Max words: 1

Max words: 1000

Type: Flash

Wtf is genre, send anything

Type: Flash

No more than 1000 words/5 pages.

Additional info

Please read contest details carefully before submitting.

Two ways to enter: • Upload 1 flash (you'll receive an ebook of the prize issue) - $5 • Upload 1–3 flashes in a single file (receive a print copy and an ebook) - $12 Enter as many times as you wish. Simultaneous submissions are fine; if a flash is accepted elsewhere, please notify us via a note on the submission within Submittable, or withdraw the submission. Winning flash must not be (scheduled to be) published in print, ebook, or internet before September in the contest year.

What is a flash? • Shorter than 1000 words • Not more than 5 pages • May contain fiction, nonfiction, hybrids, marks, or images, in any combination* • May bend genre, form, brains

We encourage entries by Indigenous, Black, and POC, trans, enby, and women, LGBTQIA+, morphologically atypical, disabled, and neurodivergent, fat, migrant and border-straddling, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who cannot pay the entry fee, because of financial hardship or lack of access to online payment in their country, should email the editors with the brief statement that they have need (explanation not requested), from the email address associated with their Submittable account, AND attach one flash as a .docx or .pdf file; our email: stormcellar [dot] editor [at] gmail [dot] com.

We will notify entrants of their outcome on or before June 30 of the contest year.

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Submission calls


    Opens: Jan 1, 2024


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