Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the annual New Flash Fiction Prize will be open from May 15-June 15, 2023.

The first place winner will receive $250. Two runners-up will receive $100. The summer issue of NFFR will be made up or works submitted for the contest.

The $10 entry fee is used to support the up-keep of the journal. For those of you who decide to enter and are willing to contribute to NFFR, we offer our sincere thanks. Do read the guidelines in the Submittable page carefully before submitting. As usual, it is important not to leave your name on your submitted files. You may submit one story for each entrance fee. The maximum word count for stories is 500 words.

This year’s judge is Sara Hills. Hills is the author of The Evolution of Birds, winner of the 2022 Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection. Her stories have been selected for Wigleaf’s Top 50 and The Best Small Fictions, as well as widely published in anthologies and magazines, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Cheap Pop, Fractured Lit, Cease Cows, Flash Frog, Splonk, and Reckon Review. Originally from the Sonoran Desert, Sara lives in Warwickshire, UK.

Here are our guidelines:

  • We Invite you to submit one story.
  • The maximum word count is 500 words.
  • We don’t accept previously published material.
  • Submissions only via Submittable.
  • Simultaneous submits are cool, just do us the solid and withdraw it if needed.
  • Please note all of our readings are anonymous, so please do not have any author information in your document or we will have to reject it in fairness to the others and the principle of reading anonymously. 

At New Flash Fiction Review, we appreciate quality and innovation. We are living in the present day. If we had to pick a previous favorite decade, it had better be pretty decadent (or at least fun) and possibly Dada. We want to read your smart, funny, mind-blowing, tragic, and unforgettable words.

To further get a flavor for what we like, please read our current issue, read founding editor Meg Pokrass’s work, read the Wigleaf Top 50, Smokelong, The Café Irreal, Cheap Pop, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and so many more. Read our editors’ bios, wherein they mention more about the kind of work they enjoy.

Check out previous NFFR stories that have been in or nominated for the anthologies.

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