Flash Hero

“We can be heroes, just for one day.” – David Bowie


Story of a Witch

by R.A. Matteson


Breaking the Chain

by Faith Currie


Superhero, Hollywood USA

by Heidi Sterling



A Piece of Work (At First Manassas)

by Peter Parsons



by Nancy Dassy



by Aj Jones


Let Me Tell You About Helen

by Lisa Beebe


The Magician Invents Fire

by Bailey Bridgewater


Tiresias in Manhattan

by Jim Nawrocki


Company Man

by Christina Dalcher

Unless you can reverse time…

…Flash Hero submissions are now closed. 
(Results posted 9am PST on January 31st)

Slackers Rejoice!

Flash Hero stays open until January 27th
for a couple bucks extra.


“There are no heroes…
in life, the monsters win.”

– George R.R. Martin

Even though we’re coming off the sinister creations of the Flash Monster 2017 contest, we don’t take quite as cynical a worldview as George, there. Despite a world teeming with malevolence, there are still those people who nevertheless persist. For our Flash Hero contest, we’re interested in stories about characters who take action and try to save the day.

Now, that doesn’t mean we want to see 100 stories about superheroes in capes or knights in shining armor. We’re not especially interested in typical hero-story tropes unless they’re handled subversively. Most importantly, we’re not looking for fan fiction here (though there’s plenty of room for unique takes on traditional heroes—it’s just pretty tricky). 

Instead, in keeping with the overall dark and offbeat focus of our literary journal, we’re seeking heroic actions by conflicted and complex characters, morally ambiguous outcomes produced by antiheroes, and even stories told from the perspective of the villain. Defy expectations and take unusual angles. The “heroic” action doesn’t even need to be the primary focus of the story, there simply needs to be some meaningful element of that at play. 

Submit to Flash Hero


The top three entries will win cold, hard cash.

$200 for Flash Hero winner

$100 for 2nd place

$50 for 3rd place

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

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

Submit to Flash Hero

Follow these guidelines, and you could have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as the Flash Hero 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 our early-bird period $7 $9 to enter during Procrastinator’s Special—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.

Early bird deadline is December 5th.  Soft deadline is 11:59 pm PST on January 20th, 2018.  Procrastinator’s Special final deadline is 11:59 pm PST on January 27th, 2018. Winners announced by January 31st, 2018, and we’ll release the Flash Hero mega-issue shortly thereafter.

– And, most importantly, this is a FLASH HERO contest, therefore it must contain a character taking action to either cause or prevent something from happening. 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…

Win the day.


%d bloggers like this: