2024 Flash Fiction Contest


Send us your shorts, from June 10th to September 2nd, 2024!

1st Prize — $175
2nd — $75

Entry Fee: $10


  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 Up to 500 of your best, previously unpublished words.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, September 2nd, 2024 midnight EST.
  6. Competition winners will be announced September 16th, 2024. 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. All published entries will also be considered for podcast performance.
  7. Winners will be chosen by a committee of Streetlight staff led by fiction editors Erika Raskin and Mary Esselman. Winning submissions will run in the Fall 2024 Issue and the 2024 anthology.
This is a blind contest and your name will be hidden from our judges–do NOT include your name or address on the pages containing your work.
      • 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 2024 Streetlight annual print anthology. Some stories may be selected for podcast performance.


Erika Raskin

Erika Raskin, Streetlight’s fiction editor, is the author of Best Intentions and Close. Her non-fiction work has run in a variety of publications and on public radio. Her wry world view can be found at erikaraskin.com and @erikaraskin on twitter.

Mary Esselman
Mary Esselman has an extensive background in writing and editing. She currently serves as program coordinator and editor for Iris magazine, a student-run publication of the University of Virginia Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. She is the author of HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?: Poems for the Not So Young Anymore, YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY: Love Poems for Real Life, KISS OFF: Poems to Set You Free, and THE HELL WITH LOVE: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart.

Share this post with your friends.

Streetlight Magazine is the non-profit home for unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and art that inspires. Submit your work today!