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$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 second prizes $100 each

Two ways to enter:

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

Deadline: 30 April 2020

Multiple entries are great. Simultaneous submissions are just 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) appear in print, ebook, or online before August 2020.

All entries considered for publication in Storm Cellar. Contest entries in any number do not count toward 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, marks, or images, in any combination
  • May bend genre, form, brains

We encourage entries by BIPOC, trans* and intersex, women and gender nonbinary, LGBQA+, disabled, neurodivergent, and poor authors, as well as members of other under-represented groups. Authors who cannot pay the entry fee, because of financial hardship or lack of online payment in their country, should email the editors with the brief statement that they have need (why not required) so we can arrange an entry; they should send that email from the email address associated with their Submittable account and attach their entry as a .docx or .pdf file. Incarcerated authors only may mail an entry and short author bio, postmarked by the deadline, to Contest Entry c/o Storm Cellar, 1901 St. Anthony Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104; no entry fee required (SASE/postcard for reply, 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 at least that level of transparency and virtue.

All proceeds will go to prizes and production costs of the magazine. No fees may be refunded. "Extra" flashes within entries will not be read. We may disqualify entrants on the basis of harassment and jerkishness. Entrants will be notified of their contest outcome by email, on or before June 30, 2020.

Here's a handy link to examples of flash we've printed. Surprise us!

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.