fast flash challenge

judged by fractured lit editors

CLOSES May 30, 2022

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We're challenging writers to create an exciting 100 word story(s) in 72 hours or less! You're invited to submit to the Fast Flash Challenge from May 27 to May 30, 2022.

We were inspired by NYC Midnight's innovative writing challenge system, and we're excited to offer the winner of this prize $500 and publication, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $100 each and publication. All entries will be considered for publication. Submissions will be capped to keep the turnaround on decisions quick, so please register early if you can!

Challenge Prompt

For this challenge, we want stories based on the theme of "Bread Crumbs". Inspired by the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel, we want writers to take us into worlds old and new, to twist the feeling of being lost and found, to plant the seeds of conflict and tension, to call their characters to act in surprising, but resonant ways! Consider new ways of putting your characters "into the woods" of their stories, seeking innovative ways to find their way out of the trees.


How it works:

  1. You write some micro stories! 100 words or fewer for each story, and make sure it utilizes the prompt. Every submission should be written and original within this 72 hour window.
  2. You send us your stories! Each submission into the challenge of 3 stories or less has a $20 reading fee. Make sure to put all the stories into a single document. Double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font, in English only please. Every story will be considered for publication in our regular issue as well.
  3. At the end of June, round two begins! We'll announce 40 finalists and will give them a new unique prompt and a new 72 hour window (june 28 - June 30) to submit 3 more 100 word stories. (No new fee required.)
  4. In July, we'll announce the resulting winners from the new stories! $500 to the winner with the best 100 word story, and $100 to two runners-up, and all three will have their selected stories published on Fractured Lit.


Using the prompt above please remember that we're searching for flash that investigates the mysteries of being human, the sorrow, and the joy of connecting to the diverse population around us. We want something new. Something that scares as much as it resonates; stories that help us discover the roots of desire and conflict, that shimmer on the page, that keep us reading, and wondering long after the last period on the page. Transport us from the here and now to a new land of discovery, a new way of being terrified, a new way of embracing all of the ways we show our humanness. Fractured Lit is a flash fiction–centered place for all writers of any background and experience.

Good luck and happy writing!


Tommy and the Fractured Team


      • Your $20 reading fee allows up to three stories of 100 words or fewer each per entry—if submitting three 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—100 word count maximum
      • 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.
      • Some Submittable hot tips: - Please be sure to whitelist/add to contacts so notifications do not get filtered as spam/junk: 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.