fractured lit ghost, fable, and fractured fairy tale prize

judged by Kevin Brockmeier

CLOSED February 15, 2021

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2021 Winners:

1st Place: A Guide to Small Town Ghosts by Regan Puckett
2nd Place: The Changeling by Sarah Boudreau
3rd Place: A Too Small Room by Yume Kitasei

Honorable mention: The Bone Child by Meagan Johanson
Honorable mention: god at the side of the road by A Poythress


A Guide to Small Town Ghosts Regan Puckett

The Better to See D.E. Hardy

This Is How You Become a Myth Ophelia Hu Kinney

El Triste Eric Scot Tryon

The Changeling Sarah Boudreau

The sixth-eldest dancing princess looks back at her legacy Madeline Anthes

The Bone Child Meagan Johanson

Recorded Live dm armstrong

Nosebleed Weather Marilyn Hope

A Too Small Room Yume Kitasei

The Sea Witch Lindsey Kirchoff

Springriven Olivia Frost

The Day The Moon Fell Iona Rule

Scratchers Corey Farrenkopf

Bitter Doll Susan Power

Bloodcoat Carolyne Topdjian

Shame Street Anne Perez

The Eaves Audrey Burges

Dialogue Between a Woman and Her Ba Faye Brinsmead

Ornithology for Girls Tara Stillions Whitehead

Women’s Work Carolyn Jack

His Mother’s Teeth KC Mead-Brewer

god at the side of the road A Poythress

We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Ghost, Fable, and Fractured Fairy Tales Prize from December 15 to February 15, 2021. Guest judge Kevin Brockmeier 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.


In addition to his most recent work, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, KEVIN BROCKMEIER is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer; and the children’s novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He has published his stories in such venues as The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope, Tin House, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards (one, a first prize), the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. In 2007, he was named one of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised. The Ghost Variations will be published by Pantheon Books in March 2021.


Fractured Lit is looking for stories of ghosts, fables, allegory, and fractured fairy tales in 1,000 words or less. Using these genre themes 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!



    • 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 Fiction only. 1,000 word count per individual story is the maximum amount of words.
    • We only consider unpublished work for contests. We do not review reprints, including self-published work.
    • 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).
    • International submissions are welcome, but we only read work in English.
    • We do not read blind.
    • Friends, family, and associates including current students of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.