fractured lit micro fiction prize

judged by Siân Griffiths

CLOSED September 27, 2020

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2020 Winners:

1st Place: The Taxidermist and the Baker by Molly Reid

2nd Place: With a Glistening Rush by Ruth LeFaive

3rd Place: Gavin and Merle Are Engaged in a Turf War by Tucker Leighty-Phillips


Honorable Mentions:

Fire by Thaisa Frank - This micro gives us a unique cast of characters thrown suddenly off balance, allows their world to spin in all its glory, and sticks the landing with one hell of a final image.


The Eighth Silo by Kathryn Phelan - "The Eighth Silo” is a single-paragraph gem that shows the full, story-telling potential of a single, well-selected image when cast in a narrative light.


Bird Resuscitation by Jamie Cooper- “Bird Resuscitation” shows how a weirdly gorgeous and surreal piece can capture something about the way the world feels in a way that straight reality can’t always access.


In Which Sophie and I Clear a Forest by Anita Lo - "This story deftly portrays the anger, love, and sympathy that burn so hot and bright in childhood.


And This Is How It Ended by Yasmina Din Madden - "This story cleverly reverses its story’s chronology reflecting the way we tell ourselves the stories of our foolish past selves.

Editors' Choice:

Origami by Jo Withers
Numbers by Noreen Hyde

The I.C.'s by Clare Tascio



Fire Thaisa Frank
Bird Resuscitation Jamie Cooper
Total Control by Melissa Goode
The Eighth Silo by Kathryn Phelan
Origami by Joanne Withers
In Which Sophie and I Clear a Forest Anita Lo
Closer Tara Isabel Zambrano
With a Glistening Rush Ruth LeFaive
Gavin and Merle Are Engaged in a Turf War Tucker Leighty-Phillips
Numbers Noreen Hyde
New Devotion Tyler Barton
The Monster That Stole The Moon Lauralee Martin
The I.C.’s Clare Tascio
The blood we spill and the blood we keep Madeline Anthes
The First Kaitlin Roberts
The Taxidermist and The Baker Molly Reid
Paranormal Dialoguel Constance Malloy
Bird Day Darcy Casey
And This is How it Ended Yasmina Din Madden
Slow Motion Jo Varnish
Cultural Competency Paul Hlava Ceballos
Entomologist's Girlfriend by Katy Sewell
Negative Michelle Wright
Orphans of a dead Scene Rick White
Agates on Her Hands Danielle Harms


We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Micro Fiction Prize from August 1 to September 27, 2020. Guest judge Sian Griffiths will choose three prize winners and 5 Honorable Mention stories from a shortlist. We're excited to offer the winner of this prize $2000 and publication, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive publication and $1000 and $500, respectively. Honorable Mentions will also receive publication and $100.


Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, Utah, where she teaches creative writing at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, and Booth among other publications. She is the author of the novels Borrowed Horses and Scrapple and the short fiction chapbook The Heart Keeps Faulty Time. Currently, she reads fiction as part of the editorial teams at Barrelhouse and American Short Fiction. For more information, please visit her site.


Fractured Lit is looking for flash fiction that lingers long past the first reading. 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 the stories that explode vertically, the flash that leaves the conventional and the clichéd far behind. 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 three stories of 400 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 three flash stories should have a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee.
  • Micro Fiction only. 400 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.

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