Force Majeure Flash Contest

Force Majeure: a great and unexpected power. We’re looking for the best small things, any form, any content, any fine and wonderful creation.



Top prize for a single flash $300; two runners-up $100 each.

DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. CST, 30 April 2019.

Two ways to enter:

  1. Upload 1 flash (you’ll receive an ebook of the prize issue) – $5
  2. Upload 1–3 flashes in a single file (receive a print copy of the prize issue) – $12

Enter as many times as you wish. Simultaneous submissions are fine; if a flash is accepted elsewhere, please notify us via a note on the submission within Submittable. Winning flash must not be (scheduled to be) published in print, ebook, or internet before August 2018.

All entries considered for publication in Storm Cellar.

What is a flash?

  • Shorter than 1000 words
  • Not more than 5 pages
  • May bend genre, form, brains
  • May contain fiction, nonfiction, non-letter marks (images), or some combination*

* The magazine prints at journal size in black and white.

We encourage submissions by people who are women, of color, indigenous, disabled, lgbqa/nit+, poor, border-straddling, neuroatypical, and members of other under-represented groups. Authors who cannot pay the entry fee, because of financial hardship or unavailability of PayPal/card in their country, should email the editors with a brief statement that they have need (not an explanation) so that we can arrange an entry; attach your entry as a .docx or .pdf file.

Contest will be decided by the editors. Close friends, family, employers, and students within the last four years of the editors may not enter. While not a member of the CLMP, we strive to achieve a similar level of transparency and virtue.

All prizes will be awarded. Contest fees go to prizes and production costs. No fees may be refunded. “Extra” flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants for any reason. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30 in the contest year.

Handy link to examples of flash we’ve printed. Surprise us!