Deadline: April 17, 2022

Reading Fee: $20

About the contest

We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Ghost, Fable, and Fractured Fairy Tales Prize from February 25 to April 17, 2022. Guest judge Rumaan Alam will choose three prize winners from a shortlist. We’re excited to offer the winner of this prize $3000 and publication, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive publication and $300 and $200, respectively. All entries will be considered for publication.

Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and PrettyThat Kind of Mother, and the instant New York Times bestseller Leave the World Behind. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesNew York MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York Review of Books, Bookforum, and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He studied writing at Oberlin College and lives in New York with his family.

Fractured Lit is looking for stories of ghosts, fables, allegory, and fractured fairy tales in 1,000 words or less. Using these genre themes please remember that we’re searching for flash that investigates the mysteries of being human, the sorrow, and the joy of connecting to the diverse population around us. We want something new. Something that scares as much as it resonates; stories that help us discover the roots of desire and conflict, that shimmer on the page, that keep us reading, and wondering long after the last period on the page. Transport us from the here and now to a new land of discovery, a new way of being terrified, a new way of embracing all of the ways we show our humanness. Fractured Lit is a flash fiction–centered place for all writers of any background and experience. 

Good luck and happy writing!

Submission guideline

Your $20 reading fee allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each per entry—if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—each set of two flash stories should have a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
  • Flash Fiction only—1,000 words count maximum
  • We only consider unpublished work for contests—we do not review reprints, including self-published work
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay—please notify us and withdraw your entry if you find another home for your writing
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in Fractured Lit
  • Double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • Submissions are not limited to writers in the US. All English-language submissions are welcome.
  • We do not read blind. The judge will read anonymously from the shortlist.
  • Submit your entry here.
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