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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 … Continue reading

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Issue 7: Resurrected Things – Call for Submissions

The Golden Key is beginning a new life, reopening to submissions after a hiatus. To celebrate our renaissance, our theme for Issue 7 is resurrected things. We’re looking for stories and poems that are alive-again—revived, resuscitated, revivified. Send us rekindled … Continue reading

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{Reissue} Godmother by Christine Butterworth-McDermott

Daughter not-daughter, girl in silver gown, spare a little sparkle for me as you tread down the steps I prepared you to navigate. Glass does wonders for the footing, letting you glide across the hard surfaces, nearly skating. Remember I … Continue reading

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{Reissue} Finding the Ghosts by Shanna Streich

Winner of the Golden Key Flash Fiction Open 2014, judged by Karin Tidbeck Mother said there are no ghosts, silly, close your eyes and you won’t hear them anymore. But she lay awake and soon heard their soft thumps and … Continue reading

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We’re Back!

As Mark Twain is frequently misquoted as saying, the reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated! After an extended hiatus, The Golden Key is back in action, though we may look a little different than you remember. Part of our return … Continue reading

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Released! Issue 6: Hidden Things

This week saw the release of our sixth issue, themed “Hidden Things.” Please enjoy the free preview, available here. Issue 6 features stories and poems by our first Flash Fiction Open winner Shanna Streich, open honorable mentions Lindsay Fowler and … Continue reading

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Announcing the Winner of The Golden Key Flash Fiction Open!

The Golden Key and Karin Tidbeck are thrilled to announce Shanna Streich as the winner of The Golden Key Flash Fiction Open! Karin admitted that it wasn’t easy to pick the winner and the runners-up, noting, “Every story I read … Continue reading

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Interview with Artist Stacy Nguyen

Stacy Nguyen graciously contributed the art to Issue 3: Things Unseen, an issue that threw up visual and design challenges by its very theme. Stacy is a graphic/web designer, illustrator, and writer working in Seattle. She is a former news … Continue reading

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Submitting to The Golden Key

Read past issues Past issues are all available in our Archives, and reading them is probably the best way to get to know The Golden Key. Read our editor interviews In the interviews, we answer questions about what we look … Continue reading

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Editors’ Interview up at Six Questions For…

We answered six questions about our editorial preferences on the Six Questions For… blog, where editors are interviewed about what they’re looking for. We list the top 3 things we look for in a submission, why a submission is rejected, … Continue reading

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