Force Majeure: a great and unexpected power. We're looking for the best small things, any form, any content, any fine and wonderful creation.
Top prize for a single flash $300
Two second prizes $100 each
Deadline EXTENDED: May 16th.
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 of the prize issue) - $12
Multiple entries are great. Simultaneous submissions are just fine; if a flash is accepted elsewhere, please notify us via a note on the submission within Submittable. Winning flash must not be (scheduled to be) published in print, ebook, or website before August 2018.
All entries considered for publication in Storm Cellar. Contest entries in any number do not violate our one-at-a-time general submissions policy.
What is a flash?
Shorter than 1000 words
Not more than 5 pages
May contain fiction, nonfiction, marks, or images, in any combination
May bend genre, form, brains
We encourage submissions by women, people of color, indigenous, disabled, lgbtq+, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who cannot pay the entry fee, because of financial hardship or unavailability of online payment (PP/card) in their country, should email the editors with the brief statement that they have need so that we can arrange an entry (that they have need, not how); they should send that email from the email address used for their Submittable account and attach their entry as a .docx or .pdf file. Incarcerated authors may mail submissions, postmarked by the deadline, to the address listed on our website, no entry fee required (include someone's email address if you desire ebook delivery).
Contest will be decided by the editors. Close friends, family, current students, and employers of the editors may not enter. While not a member of the CLMP, we strive to achieve a similar level of transparency and virtue.
All proceeds will go to prizes and production costs for the magazine. No fees may be refunded. "Extra" flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants on the basis of harassing behavior. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30, 2018.
Handy link to examples of flash we've printed. Surprise us!