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Issue 8: Revolutionary Things–Call for Submissions

The past year has thrown into sharp relief the surreal terrain of our contemporary landscape, and here at The Golden Key, we have watched this rising social and political upheaval with a contradictory, heart-rending mixture of despair and awe. While the … Continue reading

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Announcing the Winners of the Golden Key’s 2nd Flash Fiction Contest

We are thrilled to announce the winners of The Golden Key‘s Flash Fiction Contest, judged by Carmen Maria Machado! First Place Jennifer Lynn Krohn, “Juvenescence” Honorable Mentions A.A. Balaskovitz, “In the Belly of the Bear” J.D. Scott, “Three Teens Kill … Continue reading

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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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