Flash Fiction Contest

The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest

//Currently Closed//

Our love of flash fiction runs deep. We are proud to offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication in The Masters Review. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.



Stuart Dybek is the author of six books of fiction, including Ecstatic Cahoots, a collection of flash-length stories. He has also published two collections of poetry. His work is widely anthologized and magazine publication has included The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Dybek is the recipient of many literary awards, among them the REA Award and the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize for “distinguished achievement in the short story”, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a John D. and a Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and in Best American Fiction. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.




  • Winner receives $3000 and publication
  • Second and third place prizes are $300 and $200 respectively and publication
  • Stories under 1000 words
  • $20 entry fee allows up to two stories (each under 1000 words) – if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • Deadline: May 30th, 2021
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • Dazzle us
  • To view a list of our most commonly asked questions regarding submitting to The Masters Review, please see our FAQ page


To thank you for your continued support of The Masters Review, we’re excited to offer you the following opportunities with your submission:

WritingWorkshops.com is offering 15% off any of their classes this year, and the discount code will be included in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.

Literature & Latte is offering a 20% discount on their incredibly helpful Scrivener writing software for macOS and Windows users. There will be a discount code in the confirmation e-mail when you submit.

Benjamin Woodard’s class on Skillshare, “Crafting Complex Characters (Quickly) for Short Fiction,” is available with a free 14-day trial (through a link in your confirmation e-mail).

The Writing Salon is offering every submitter a 10% off discount code on a writing class with a discount code included in your confirmation e-mail!

2021 Flash Fiction Contest Winners:

Judged by Stuart Dybek.

“Agora é Sempre” by Tanya Perkins

Second Place Story:
“Play That Again” by John Glowney

Third Place Story:
“How to Develop (Film)” by Candice May

Honorable Mention:
“Everywhere, All at Once” by Emily Roth

2020 Flash Fiction Contest Winners:

Judged by Sherrie Flick.

“Crocodile” by Ashleigh Pederson

Second Place Story:
“Consider the Shape of Your Fist” by Leah Dawdy

Third Place Story:
“Heirlooms” by Amanda Jean Akers

Honorable Mention:
“Fire Season” by Vincent Chavez

2019 Flash Fiction Contest Winners:

Judged by Kathy Fish.

“Homecoming” by Kathryn Phalen

Second Place Story:
“The Remains” by Felicity Fenton

Third Place Story:
“Simple Physics by Kevin Leahy

Honorable Mention:
“Observation Tube—McMurdo Station, Antarctica” by Justin Herrmann

2018 Summer Flash Fiction Contest Winners:

How to Spot a Whale” by Jacqui Reiko Teruya

Second Place Story:
Two Kinds of Neighborhoods” by Neil Cooney

Third Place Story:
Rieb Kear (to Marry)” by Adam Nazaroff

2018 Spring Flash Fiction Contest Winners

“Ebenezer, Ebenezer” by Ariel Chu

Second Place Story:
“Out of the Fields” by Bryna Cofrin-Shaw

Third Place Story:
“Spies” by Timothy Schirmer

2017 Flash Fiction Contest Winners:

“Out and Out” by Latifa Ayad

Second Place Story:
“Lions in The House” by Beejay Silcox

Third Place Story:
“The Wheelchair” Mahreen Sohail

Honorable Mentions:
“Road Trip” by Rachel Attias
“Balter Cafe” by Elle Flythe

Author Rights

We purchase first serial rights for three months after publication, at which point all rights revert back to the author. Any reprints during that time are welcome, we simply ask for permission and acknowledgement.