2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest | $3,600 Awarded

Submissions are open September 1 to November 1, 2020

Guest judge Leesa Cross-Smith will select three winning stories. Each winning writer will be awarded $1,000. More awards and details below.

 

GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only!
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum—flash fiction only
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft 
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do not review reprints, including self-published work, for contests
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your entry if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each—if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—please submit each set of two flash stories as a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next year that includes: the winning pieces, with Leesa Cross-Smith's introductions and the winners' craft essays; the editors’ choice winners; excerpts from finalist pieces; and more
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not require blind submissions
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less fees)

  

AWARDS:
 

The writers of the three winning flash fiction pieces will each receive:

  • $1,000 award and a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
  • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Leesa Cross-Smith, and an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
  • A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Kristin Tenor

 
The $600 editors’ choice round:

  • $150 each and publication to four stories we just can’t let go

  

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award

 

$59.00 - 99.00
$59.00 - 99.00

If feedback is closed temporarily, it will reopen the first of the next month.


CRAFT offers editorial feedback on short fiction (short stories and flash fiction) up to 6,000 words. We've carefully chosen a small team of qualified editors to provide critique. 

For each piece sent through this editorial feedback category, we will return to the writer line-level editorial notes, as well as a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. While editorial feedback is inherently subjective, our criticism will always be actionable and encouraging. 

We intend to provide our feedback in a timely way, and hope to keep our response time under six weeks. We may decide to close this form in a given month once we have reached our editors' capacity to complete feedback that month. If this form is closed temporarily, it will reopen the first of the next month.

All work sent through this editorial feedback platform will also be considered for publication in CRAFT. Should we accept your story, the feedback fee will be refunded.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


Our rates are based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association:

  • Flash Fiction up to 1,000 Words (one flash piece or up to three microfiction pieces totaling fewer than 1,000 words): $59
  • Short Story 1,000 to 3,500 Words (one short story): $79 
  • Short Story 3,500 to 6,000 Words (one short story): $99


How you can help us when sending work for our review:

  • Please send .doc or .docx if you are able so that we can use track changes for margin notes
  • Please double space and use 12 pt Times New Roman font


Guidelines:

  • CRAFT Editorial Feedback is open to all fiction writers
  • International submissions (written in English) are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please send work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum—short fiction only
  • Work that has received editorial feedback is not eligible for submission to CRAFT contests
  • We strongly discourage simultaneous submissions in conjunction with editorial feedback: if your piece is already under review by our team and you withdraw it, we will not be able to offer a refund; if you withdraw your piece before we have begun feedback, we will be happy to let you substitute another story of equal length
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less fees)

Welcome to CRAFT
 

Since 2017, CRAFT has been a home for fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to announce we are now also open for creative nonfiction!

Submissions for CRAFT Creative Nonfiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for accepted original work. This category is for essays and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words. See our flash CNF category for essays with fewer than 1,000 words.  

As we have always done with our fiction, each published work of CNF will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the piece. We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. 

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • CRAFT Creative Nonfiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only; please no academic work (we have separate categories for craft/critical writing)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for essays of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these pieces
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of creative nonfiction at a time, either flash or essay, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your piece as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review


Welcome to CRAFT  


Since 2017, CRAFT has been a home for fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to announce we are now also open for creative nonfiction!

Submissions for CRAFT  Flash Creative Nonfiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for accepted original work. This category is for essays and standalone excerpts fewer than 1,000 words. See our CNF category for essays between 1–6K words.

As we have always done with our fiction, each published work of CNF will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the piece. We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. 

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com 


    GUIDELINES: 

  • CRAFT Creative Nonfiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only; please no academic work (we have separate categories for craft/critical writing)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for essays between 1,000 and 6,000 words, please choose the creative nonfiction 1–6K word category)
  • Up to three micros (fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these pieces
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of creative nonfiction at a time, either flash or essay, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your piece as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review


Welcome to CRAFT

*Our guidelines have changed effective July 1, 2020*

Please review our guidelines—we've added some limits in an effort to improve our response time.

Submissions for CRAFT Short Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for accepted original work. This category is for short stories and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words. See our flash fiction options for stories with fewer than 1,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Short Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review

This form is currently open ONLY to Black writers


Black lives matter. Black voices matter.

While our submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, this summer we are offering fast response for free to Black writers. This form is for short fiction (short stories and standalone excerpts) between 1,000 and 6,000 words. 

We will respond to your piece within three weeks of submission. If we decline your work, we'll offer a few lines of actionable feedback. 

We pay $200 for accepted short stories. To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

We keep this page up to date with our efforts toward equity.


Other opportunities:

If you are a Black writer looking for free fast response for flash fiction (fewer than 1,000 words), please use this form.

If you are not a Black writer and wish to send short fiction for a fast response, please use this form for fast response in exchange for proof of donation to an organization in support of Black lives.

If you are not a Black writer and wish to send flash fiction (fewer than 1,000 words) for a fast response, please use this form for fast response in exchange for proof of donation to an organization in support of Black lives.

We also offer full editorial feedback at rates based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association. Please follow us on Twitter for news of monthly free opportunities for Black writers.


If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • This special fast response category for CRAFT Short Fiction is only open to Black writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Previously unpublished fiction only 
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your story is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review
  • Please do not submit work to this category if you are not Black


Welcome to CRAFT 


*Our guidelines have changed effective July 1, 2020*

Please review our guidelines—we've added some limits in an effort to improve our response time.

Submissions for CRAFT Flash Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for original work. This category is for flash fiction up to 1,000 words. See our short fiction options for stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Flash Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for stories from 1,000 to 6,000 words, please choose an appropriate short fiction category)
  • Up to three micros (fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—flash and short fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review

This form is currently open ONLY to Black writers


Black lives matter. Black voices matter.

While our submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, this summer we are offering fast response for free to Black writers. This form is for flash fiction up to 1,000 words.

We will respond to your piece within three weeks of submission. If we decline your work, we'll offer a few lines of actionable feedback.

We pay $100 for accepted flash fiction. To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

We keep this page up to date with our efforts toward equity.


Other opportunities:

If you are a Black writer looking for free fast response for short fiction (short stories and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words), please use this form.

If you are not a Black writer and wish to send short fiction for a fast response, please use this form for fast response in exchange for proof of donation to an organization in support of Black lives.

If you are not a Black writer and wish to send flash fiction (fewer than 1,000 words) for a fast response, please use this form for fast response in exchange for proof of donation to an organization in support of Black lives.

We also offer full editorial feedback at rates based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association. Please follow us on Twitter for news of monthly free opportunities for Black writers.


If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • This special fast response category for CRAFT Flash Fiction is only open to Black writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Previously unpublished fiction only 
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words, please choose an appropriate short fiction category)
  • Up to three micros (fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your story is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review
  • Please do not submit work to this category if you are not Black

Interested in writing critically for CRAFT? Please see the guidelines below and select the appropriate dropdown. We do not consider previously published material (reprints) in this category. 

We review submissions of critical pieces on craft, book annotations, and interviews. For a look at the type of content we publish, please visit our Craft Section. All work in this section is concerned with fiction or creative nonfiction. Please do not send critical work about poetry. Please do not send personal essays. We pay between $50 and $100 for original craft content.

Critical essays and craft talks range from 1,500 to 2,500 words concerning the craft of fiction or creative nonfiction. The most common type of essays we publish consist of a careful examination of an element or elements of craft in a piece or pieces of fiction/CNF. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

For interviews, we are interested in conversations with fiction and creative nonfiction writers/novelists focusing on the craft of writing. You may submit completed interviews or query here or at contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com.

Our book annotations generally focus on fiction or creative nonfiction writers/novelists who explicitly explore craft in their work. These pieces are typically between 1,500 and 2,000 words. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece per genre at a time. If your craft submission is declined, you may submit again to the craft genre immediately. You may have one piece of fiction (either short or flash), one piece of creative nonfiction (flash or creative essay), and one craft piece under consideration at one time.


Details:

Critical Essays / Craft Talks  

Please send completed essays concerning the craft of fiction or creative nonfiction, and include in your cover letter what you're exploring and why it is a good fit for the publication. Submissions should be 1,500 to 2,500 words and should consist of a careful examination of craft. We only consider completed pieces.

Interviews

We welcome queries and completed interviews of fiction or creative nonfiction writers. We will want to know if the interview is already approved as well as which elements of craft will be explored. Typically our interviews run around 2,000 to 2,500 words and our hybrid interviews run 3,000 to 4,000 words.

Book Annotations/Reviews

We always need writing about books! Fiction and creative nonfiction only, please. We lean toward annotations that interrogate the craft elements in a piece, and away from traditional book reviews. We consider content on frontlist or backlist books and on individual short stories or CNF. Essays should be approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words, focus on craft elements, and include quotes and references to other works and/or authors within the review. Check out our craft archive for examples. We only consider completed pieces.

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