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elsewhere prize

July 21 to September 15, 2024

For this contest, we want writers to show us the forgotten, the hidden, the otherworldly. We want your stories to take us on journeys and adventures in the worlds only you can create; whether you make the familiar strange or the strange familiar, we know you will take us elsewhere. Be our tour guide through reality and beyond.

We're excited to offer the winner of this prize $2,000 and publication, while the second- and third-place place winners will receive publication and $300 and $200, respectively. All entries will be considered for publication. Judge Tara Campbell.

micro prize

October 01 to December 01, 2024

We're looking for the best microfiction. Do you have a complete story of 400 words or less? We're excited to offer the winner of this prize $2000 and publication, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive publication and $600 and $400, respectively. Judge Deb Olin Unferth

fractured lit flash seminars

October 01 to October 31, 2024

An online weekend-long celebration of flash fiction! More details to come soon!

anthology 5

December 01 to February 02, 2025

Showcasing today's best flash fiction writers. $4000 awarded between 20 finalists. This year, stories will be selected by a guest judge (TBA), who will choose 20 winners from a shortlist of 50 stories. All entries will be considered for publication.

ghosts, fables, fairytales

February 15 to April 13, 2025

We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Ghost, Fable, and Fractured Fairy Tales Prize. We're excited to offer the winner of this prize $3,000 and publication, while the second- and third-place place winners will receive publication and $300 and $200, respectively. All entries will be considered for publication. Judge TBA.

micro & flash

always open

Fractured Lit publishes microfiction and flash fiction from writers of any background or experience. Both the micro and flash categories are open year-round and with no submission fees. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you inform us immediately and withdraw your work if your story is accepted elsewhere. We pay our authors $50 for original microfiction and $75 for original flash fiction.

Microfiction for Fractured Lit is 400 words or fewer.

Flash fiction is 401-1,000 words.