Ends on April 30, 2018

$12.00 USD, $5.00 USD

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, 30th April 2018.

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

Multiple entries are fine. 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 CellarContest entries in any number do not violate our one-at-a-time general submissions policy.

What is a flash?

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

We encourage submissions by women, people of color, indigenous, disabled, lgbtq+, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who because of financial hardship or unavailability of PP/card in their country cannot pay the entry fee should email the editors with a brief statement that they have need so that we can arrange an entry; attach your entry as a .docx or .pdf file. Incarcerated authors may mail submissions, postmarked by the deadline, to the address listed on our website, no entry fee required (include someone's email address if you desire ebook delivery).

Contest will be decided by the editors. Close friends, family, current students, and employers 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 proceeds will go to prizes and production costs. No fees may be refunded. "Extra" flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants on the basis of harassing behavior. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30, 2018.

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