Killer Flash

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.

– William Faulkner

Time to get morbid. In our latest quarterly flash fiction contest, we’re asking writers to submit stories that involve some form of death. Sounds straightforward enough, but keep in mind we don’t want to see a dozen stories featuring the same axe murderer archetype or the anguish of putting down your rabid dog. We’re looking for subtle over explicit, nuance over nastiness. That said, feel free to go as dark as the inside of a coffin on a moonless night. 

And while we want to see some form of death in each entry, the way it manifests is completely open-ended. Get creative with it. Murder is great if it’s unique and compelling. Suicide is pretty tricky, but certainly on the table. Animal attacks? Go for it. Paranormal entities dragging a soul to hell? Sure, give it a whirl. Cannibalistic cult sacrifices? Now you’re cooking. Destruction of nature? The fall of an alien civilization? The slow death of the American Dream? Heady stuff.

Go as literal or metaphorical with the death as you want. Make it the central focus of the story or an event that’s merely implied. Go crushingly bleak with it, or add some levity and laugh right in Death’s stupid face. There really are no rules about how to implement an element of death in your entry; the lone requirement is that its grim specter must be included in some way.

That said, we’re not interested in torture porn, so explicit gore or shock value alone isn’t going to cut it with us. You got to go deeper than that.

Submit to Killer Flash


The top three entries will win cold, hard cash.

$200 for Killer Flash winner

$100 for 2nd place

$50 for 3rd place

We also give mad props to 4th-10th place,
publishing them in our Killer Flash mega-issue

and in a future print anthology, with contributor copy included.

Submit to Killer Flash

Follow these guidelines, and you could have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as the Killer Flash 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 $6 to enter during the early-bird period and $7 after that. (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.

Early-bird deadline is March 5th. Soft deadline is 11:59PM PST  on April 20th, 2018. Winners announced by May 1st, 2018, and we’ll release the Killer Flash mega-issue shortly thereafter.

– And, most importantly, this is a KILLER FLASH contest, so something’s gotta die. But again, this can be in any form imaginable.


So that means you can go all…


or all…

or all…

or all…

or even all…

Knock ’em dead.

Submit to Killer Flash


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