Flash Fiction Contest

The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest

//Currently Closed//

Submissions closed! Thank you to all our wonderful submitters. Check back in August for our shortlist!

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.


Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness and two short story collections, Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Her fiction has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, and New Micro, as well as Ploughshares, New World Writing, and Wigleaf. Her awards include fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She served as series editor for The Best Small Fictions 2018 and is co-editor for Flash Fiction America, an anthology forthcoming from W.W. Norton. (Photo credit: Richard Kelly)


  • 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  • Previously unpublished stories only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 31st, 2020
  • 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


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.