Flash Worlds

At times like these, a little transcendence is in order. We asked you to take us to strange new worlds, and you didn’t disappoint. The ten stories you’ll find below are bleak and beautiful, grotesque and glistening. They transport us to other dimensions, drag us into the sea, push us to the brink of extinction, and discover strange new realms within the familiar walls of home.

These ten stories will appear in our 2017 Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which is due out in the fall. And details for our next quarterly contest (horror-themed as always in the fall) will be released within a few days.

Until then, lose yourself in Flash Worlds.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads.

– The Editor

1st Place

Listening to the Animals

by Emily Livingstone

2nd Place

Come Away to the Water

by Celia Daniels

3rd Place

Dog Eat Dog

by Christina Dalcher



 Stuck in the Bathroom

by John Barrale



by Nikolaj Volgushev


The Deceased of 120 Primorsky Street

by Michael Carter


Auroras of Arverne

by Voima Oy



by Gregory Ariail


This Ape’s on Fire

by Lazarus Gray


A Visitation

by Chloe Seim

Another one bites the dust.

Flash Worlds is now closed to submissions.
Check back at noon PST on August 14th for results.

Slackers rejoice!

Procrastinator’s Special keeps late entries open until August 7th
for a couple bucks more. 

“So many worlds, so many wonders.”
― Terry Pratchett

Submit to Flash Worlds

With our last two flash fiction contests focusing on apocalyptic doom and the righteous anger of resistance, it’s now time to create a brave new world. For our #FlashWorlds contest, we want to see you transcend the human experience in modern day Earth. We’ll be asking you to create new civilizations, send humans to distant planets, turn back to the clock to societies of extinct creatures, skip ahead to future cultures on an unrecognizable terrestrial landscape. The only limits are your imagination, and the fact that we don’t want to see any stories involving realistic human life on Earth in the modern era (let’s say anything in the past millennium or so). 

If you want to set your story in modern-day Earth, that’s cool—you’ve just got to get creative with it. A colony of mole people living in the sewer system under Trump Tower? Go for it, as long as the modern, terrestrial New Yorkers are only referenced indirectly. Telepathic banana slugs waging war against an army of acid-spitting moth men in the Amazon Rain Forest? Even better. Regular humans on modern-day Earth? They better be infringed upon by some otherwordly force.

We also want to see human (and non-human) societies in distant galaxies, parallel dimensions, underwater worlds, or surreal dreamscapes. Send them down the rabbit hole and through wormholes. Bottom line, make sure they’re not in Kansas anymore.

We expect to see a lot of mind-bending science fiction, horror, and fantasy elements in this contest. Go genre or literary with it, and remember that those stories that contain deeper meaning beyond simply presenting oddball scenarios are going to stand the best chance. 

The top three entries will win cold, hard cash.

$200 for Flash Worlds 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 Worlds mega-issue

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

Submit to Flash Worlds

Follow these guidelines, and you could have some extra coin in your pocket, and some bragging rights as the Flash Worlds 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 and $7 after that $9 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 June 15th, 2017. Soft deadline is 11:59 pm PST on Monday, July 31st, 2017. Procrastinator’s Special deadline is 11:59 pm PST on Monday, August 7th, 2017. Winners announced by August 14th and we’ll unleash the Flash Worlds prize-winners mega-issue soon thereafter.

– And, most importantly, this is a FLASH WORLDS contest, therefore it must not center on realistic modern human existence on Earth. You must include some otherworldly or fantastical element. 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…

Get real weird with it.

Submit to Flash Worlds

%d bloggers like this: