“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
– Dylan Thomas
Our namesake projectile may never be more apt than for our next quarterly contest. With the need for resistance and revolution at a fever pitch these days, we want to see some of that energy channeled into striking works of fiction. For our #FlashRage contest, we’re seeking incendiary and provocative work, entries that angry up the blood. While we’re certainly open to current political themes (hard to avoid in the first 100 days of the Orange Menace), we also want you to get imaginative and hit us with revolt of all kinds.
Whether the scope is as broad as a mass uprising against oppression or narrow as an individual seeking vengeance, the aim of #FlashRage entries should be to draw lines in the sand. Violence is encouraged, but so are subtler forms of rebellion. The more creative you get with it, the better, we simply want to see stories about people fighting back, through any means imaginable, whether they’re successful or not. Inspiring or bleak, make your stories thrum with the intensity of righteous anger.
The top three entries will win cold, hard cash.
$200 for Flash Rage winner
$100 for 2nd place
$50 for 3rd place
We also give mad props to 4th-10th place,
publishing them as Honorable Mentions in our Flash Rage mega-issue
and in a future print anthology, with free contributor copy included.
Follow these guidelines, and you could have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as the Flash Rage winner.
– All submissions must absolutely be under 1,000 words, and we tend to look more kindly on 750 or fewer because…SQUIRREL!
– All contest submissions will be read blind, so we won’t be playing favorites. Sorry, Mom.
– Please paste your submission into the corresponding field. Do not list your name anywhere in your submission or we’ll assume that you don’t know how to read.
– Costs $7—because, you know, gotta fund the prize money somehow. (Sorry, no refunds.)
– We reserve the right to extend deadlines if necessary (and you can expect our usual week-ish Procrastinator’s Special–with corresponding increase in submission fee for you slackers).
– Submissions must be previously unpublished work, and you will retain copyright (duh). By entering this contest you give us permission to publish your work online and in our future print anthology.
– No limit on how many entries you can submit, but you must submit them one at a time. Don’t just mash them all in there.
– Soft deadline will be March 31st. Winners announced by April 14th and we’ll unleash the Flash Rage prize-winners mega-issue on April 15th, 2017.
– And, most importantly, this is a FLASH RAGE contest, therefore you must include some sort of revolt against persecution or tyranny. But again, this can be in any form imaginable.
So that means you can go all…
or even all…