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fractured lit ghost, fable, and fairy tales prize

judged by Rumaan Alam

CLOSES April 17, 2022

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We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Reprint Prize from May 15 to July 17, 2022. Guest judge Meg Pokrass will choose three prize winners from a shortlist. We're excited to offer the winner of this prize $3000 and publication, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive publication and $300 and $200, respectively. All entries will be considered for publication.

Meg Pokrass is the author of 8 flash fiction collections and 2 flash novellas, including The House of Grana Padano (co-written with Jeff Friedman, Pelekinesis 2022), Spinning to Mars (Blue Light Book Award, 2021) and The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down (Etruscan Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in over 1,000 literary journals including Electric Literature, American Journal of Poetry, Washington Square Review, McSweeney’s, Laurel Review, Waxwing, Craft, Smokelong, Split Lip, Plume, Five Points, and has been anthologized in 3 Norton anthologies of the flash fiction form: Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015), New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton, 2018), and the forthcoming Flash Fiction America (W. W. Norton & Co., 2023). Meg’s flash fiction has been widely internationally anthologized, appearing in The Best Small Fictions 2018, 2019, and 2022, Wigleaf Top 50, and the forthcoming Alcatraz: An International Anthology of the Short Form (Gazebo Books). Meg is the Managing Co-Editor and Founding Editor of Best Microfiction, Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review, and Co-Founder of the Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series (San Francisco). She lives in Inverness Scotland with her dog and cat, and wears too many hats. Find out more here: http://www.megpokrass.com

We want to celebrate the micro and flash that may have gotten lost in the shuffle, or stuck in the limbo of shuttered literary magazines! We know that excellent and exciting flash and micro fiction is published every day, but no one can keep up with all of these stories. This contest is a platform for these stories to reach new readers, and to live on in excellence on our website. We want to bring light to those lost pieces of flash and micro fiction—the stories that you love but feel are no longer receiving the attention or recognition they deserve.

Good luck and happy writing!

 

guidelines

  • Your $20 reading fee allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each per entry—if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—each set of two flash stories should have a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
  • Flash/Micro Fiction only—1,000 word count maximum
  • The stories must have been previously published online or in print to be eligible
  • The stories must not have won any previous awards of $500 or more
  • DO NOT INCLUDE the publication history of the individual stories in the document. Include this information in your cover letter only
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or identifying information in the document
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay—please notify us and withdraw your entry if you find another home for your writing
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in Fractured Lit
  • Double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We only read work in English
  • We do not read blind. Shortlisted flash will be given to the judge anonymously
  • The deadline for entry is July 17, 2022. We will announce the shortlist within 10-12 weeks of the contest's close. All writers will be notified when the results are in.
  • Some Submittable hot tips: - Please be sure to whitelist/add to contacts so notifications do not get filtered as spam/junk: notifications@email.submittable.com- If you realize you sent the wrong version of your piece: it happens. Please DO NOT withdraw the piece and resubmit. Submittable collects a non-refundable fee each time. Please DO message us from within the submission to request that we open the entry for editing, which will allow you to fix everything from typos in your cover letter to uploading a new draft. The only time we will not allow a change is if the piece is already under review by a reader.

 

OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:

You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your piece. We will provide a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. Our aim is to make our comments actionable and encouraging. These letters are written by editors and staff readers of Fractured Lit.

Should your story win, no feedback will be offered and your fee will be refunded.

Good luck and happy writing!