2020 Flash Fiction Contest


Send us your shorts by August 3!

1st Prize — $125
2nd — $75
3rd — $50

Entry Fee: $15


  1. Up to 500 of your best, previously unpublished words. Any subject.
  2. Multiple submissions are fine — one work per entry. 
  3. This is a blind contest. Please remove all personal information from the story pages.
  4. We encourage simultaneous submissions but if your piece is accepted elsewhere, inform us at fiction@streetlightmag.com, right away. 
  5. Contest deadline is Monday, August 3, 2020 midnight EST.
  6. Competition winners will be announced August 17, 2020. Only winning authors will be contacted. However, all entries will be considered for general publication in Streetlight. If your narrative is a good fit for a subsequent issue, we will get in touch to see if it is still available.
  7. Winners will be chosen by a committee of Streetlight staff led by fiction editors Erika Raskin and Suzanne Freeman. Winning submissions will run in the Fall Issue.
      • By submitting your work, you grant Streetlight Magazine first North American print and electronic publication rights and guarantee that the submission is your own, original writing. All rights return to the author after publication.
      • If you publish your work again at a later date, we request that you include a notice stating that it was first published at Streetlight Magazine.
      • Our editors do not decline contest entries nor close them out. After the contest deadline, winners are announced, and non-winning entries are considered for general publication.
      • All winning entries will be published online this Fall, as well as in the 2020 Streetlight annual print anthology. Some stories may be selected for podcast performance.


Erika Raskin
Erika Raskin is Streetlight Magazine’s fiction editor. Her novel, Best Intentions (St. Martin’s Press) is an all-too possible medical thriller that shines a light on bad hospital practice. Her first book, Close (Harvard Square Editions) is about family therapy. On TV. She is working on a collection of linked short stories set—as she is—in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Suzanne Freeman
Suzanne Freeman edited both fiction and social media for Streetlight. She is a novelist, book-reviewer and champion procrastinator (isn’t that what social media is all about?) She is the author of The Cuckoo’s Child.

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