Flash Fiction Contest - Deadline: October 19, 2018 »

Flash Fiction


October 19, 2018

Submission Guidelines

Submissions to the flash fiction contest must be 

  • 250 to 1000 words
  • 12 pt. font
  • Times New Roman or Garamond 
  • double-spaced 
  • in either Microsoft Word or Open Office format. 
  • Students may submit up to 3 pieces 
  • Must put "Flash Fiction Contest" in the subject line 

Make sure that your name does not appear on the story itself, that pages are numbered, and that the title of the piece appears in a header on each page. Please also include a cover page with your contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address. 

All submissions must be original and unpublished.


The theme for the 2018 issue of Metaphor is "Matter of Fact," which means we're interested in work that explores the idea of truth and truthiness and post-truths and post-truthiness and facts and alternative facts and alternatives to alternative facts. 

The use of the theme is meant to provide inspiration to writers as well as cohesion within each published issue. However, it is not required that submissions include the theme. A non-themed submission can win just as easily as a themed submission.

Send us your best work!


Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place, and the winning submission will be published in the spring issue of Metaphor. Finalists will also be considered for publication. 

How to Submit

Email an electronic copy of the document to with the subject line "Flash Fiction Contest."