Announcing the Golden Key’s 2017 Flash Fiction Contest

The Golden Key is delighted to announce our second flash fiction contest, judged by Carmen Maria Machado. The winner will receive $150 and publication in Issue 8 (Fall/Winter 2017).

We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) via Submittable through July 31. The fee for entry is $4 for one piece, or $6 for two pieces, or $8 for three pieces. Please submit your stories as a single document without any identifying information. You may submit as many entries as you like; each submission should be accompanied by its own entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided you let us know immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere—unfortunately, we are unable to refund the entry fee for submissions that are withdrawn. Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge, are not eligible to enter this contest. Entry fee donations go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced in September.


Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the story collection Her Body and Other Parties (forthcoming in 2017) and the memoir House in Indiana (forthcoming in 2019), both from Graywolf Press. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, The Paris Review, AGNI, NPR, Gulf Coast, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica.


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