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2018 Innovative Short Fiction Contest deadline extended!

The deadline has been extended for this year’s Innovative Short Fiction Contest, judged by Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker (FSG, 2016) and Northwood (Black Balloon Publishing, forthcoming).

Originally slated to close on May 1st, you have two extra weeks to submit. The final deadline will be May 15th.

Full guidelines are located on our website.

You can upload your submission through our Submittable page.

Editor Update: James R. Gapinski received an honorable mention in “Flash Phenom” contest

Flash Phenom coverJames R. Gapinski’s flash fiction, “Finding Moonlight,” received an honorable mention in The Molotov Cocktail‘s Flash Phenom contest (all submissions needed to involve some strange phenomena). The contest winner was Shane Page for “House of Spiders.”

As an honorable mention, James’s piece will appear The Molotov Cocktail, and it will also be included in a forthcoming print anthology of prize winners and finalists. The full announcement is available on The Molotov Cocktail‘s website.

Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction

The Conium Review Online Compendium seeks fiction 1,000 words or fewer. October 1st, 2015 deadline. No reading fee. We gravitate toward innovative stories that take risks. Do something different with your characters. Bend or break grammatical rules. Get weird with it.

Full guidelines are available here.

If you’re thinking about submitting, we encourage you to read some previously published pieces first. Get a sense of our editorial style. Make sure you’re work is a good fit.

Thanks for reading, writing, submitting, and supporting small press publishers.

Contributor Update: Zach Powers wins the BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize

ZPowers_AuthorPhotoZach Powers has won the fifth annual BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize. Along with a $1,000 honorarium, Zach’s winning short story collection, Gravity Changes, will be published in 2017 by BOA Editions as part of the American Reader Series.

The final judge, Peter Conners, says “Zach Powers wields a unique talent for creating strange and surreal worlds that, somehow, illuminate true human emotion more realistically than the realest realist . . . It is an honor to award him the fifth annual BOA Short Fiction Prize.”

Congratulations to Zach on his winning manuscript! We’ll be sure to snag a copy of Gravity Changes when it hits shelves in 2017.

You can find the full announcement from BOA Editions here.