the 2020 flash fiction prize

May 3 to June 28

We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Flash Fiction Prize from May 11 to June 28, 2020. Guest judge Megan Giddings will choose three stories 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. Fractured Lit is looking for Flash Fiction that lingers long past the first reading. Learn more about the prize here.

flash & micro

always open

Fractured Lit publishes Micro and Flash Fiction from writers of any background or experience. Both Micro and Flash categories are open year round and we do not charge any 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 Micro Fiction and $75 for original Flash Fiction.
  • Micro Fiction for Fractured Lit is 400 words or less.
  • Flash Fiction is 401-1,000 words.
  • We will also consider previously published fiction, as long as the writer retains the rights or second-publication rights can be obtained. We do not pay for reprints.
  • Writers may submit up to two stories in the same document. Please wait 1 month after our initial reply before submitting again.
  • Cover letters are optional, but it's nice to know who is submitting to us. Please refrain from describing your stories. The work needs to speak for itself.
  • Including the title and word count of each story is helpful for more efficient consideration of your work. Please include a brief third-person biography statement.
  • Please allow us up to three months to inform you if we have accepted your work for publication. You will usually hear from us much sooner.
  • We consider submissions sent via Submittable. We are not open to email submissions. For mail submissions, please see our faq.
  • Fractured Lit holds first serial publication rights for three months after publication. Authors agree not to publish, nor authorize or permit the publication of, any part of the material for three months following Fractured Lit’s first publication. For reprints, we ask for acknowledgment of its publication in Fractured Lit first.