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Summer Flash Contest 


Show us what strikes you and lights up your summer! Whether it's fiction or nonfiction, we're excited to see your compact and commanding work.

Judge: Meg Pokrass

$500 First Prize

$250 Second Prize

$100 Third Prize

Prizewinners will be published in Cleaver's Winter Issue, December 2022. Finalists may also be offered publication.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Up to 500 words per flash piece.
  • The initial submission fee is $20 for one story, with an option to upload two additional stories for $10 apiece.
  • No previously published work.
  • Please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript, including the file name.
  • All work must be submitted through our Submittable by 11:59 pm EDT on August 1st. We cannot accept paper submissions.
  • Winners will be announced in November. Prior to the announcement, all submitters will receive an email notifying you of any decisions regarding their work.

Questions? Contact Claire Oleson, Contest Manager  

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.