2018 Flash Fiction Contest


Send us your flashiest flash fiction (any subject) of up to 800 words.
Prizes (paid by check): 1st ($125), 2nd ($75) and 3rd ($50) cash prizes.


  • A maximum of 800 words (no minimum) of previously unpublished work.
  • You may only submit one story per entry–multiple entries are permitted, but please make a separate submission for each entry.
  • Simultaneous submissions at other magazines are okay. Notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Contest deadline is Thursday, September 7, midnight EST.
  • Winners will be announced on September 28, 2018, and all winning entries will be published in Streetlight. Additionally, all contest entries will be further considered by our fiction editor for general publication in Streetlight’s fiction category.
  • Entry fee: $10
  • Winners will be chosen by our editors Erika Raskin and Suzanne Freeman.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Streetlight will only mark contest entries as “accepted.” 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.
  4. All winning entries will be published in the fall quarter on our website and also in early 2019 in the 2018 Streetlight annual anthology. You may opt-out of the anthology if for some reason you do not wish to be published in print.
  5. Published entries may be selected for audio production by Streetlight. If you wish to have your piece excluded from the podcast, you may opt-out. If you wish to have your piece excluded from the podcast, you may opt-out.

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 is social media editor for Streetlight. She is a novelist, book-reviewer and champion procrastinator (isn’t that what social media is all about?).

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