2018 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize
GENERAL ENTRY CRITERIA
- We are looking for unpublished flash fiction of 750 words or fewer, featuring a complex, female-identifying protagonist.
- Your protagonist must be, or previously have been, human.
- Gender of the writer will not be taken into account; however, they are required to be, at least, 18-years-old.
- Entries of literary, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and Gothic fiction for both adult and YA readers will be considered.
- There is a $10 entry fee per piece so that we can pay our judge and cover our administrative costs.
- We have reduced the entry fee, and regret that we aren’t able to offer further discounts for students.
- No more than three submissions per writer will be read.
- Due to limited staff, we are unable to consider simultaneous submissions.
- Writers should use 12-point, Courier or Times New Roman font, double-spaced with 1-inch margins, and standard paragraphing.
- Style Note: We welcome the written use of the respectful pronouns: “hir,” ze,” and the singular “they,” as long as the usage is consistent.
Further guidelines will be available via our Submittable page listing after submissions open. Thank you.
***Submissions to the 2018 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize will open on February 15, 2018.***
2018 OFFICIAL JUDGE: Julia Rios
Julia Rios is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. Currently the Fiction Editor for Fireside Magazine, she won the Hugo award in 2017 as Poetry and Reprint editor for Uncanny Magazine, and was a Hugo finalist as a Senior Fiction Editor for Strange Horizons. She is a co-host of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, a general SF discussion podcast, and Walkthrough, a discussion of exercise and geekery with Amal El-Mohtar and Layla Al-Bedawi. She has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders. Find her on Twitter as @omgjulia.
2017 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize
Thanks to all those who entered our 2017 flash fiction contest! Our winner was “Sherry Baby” by Leslie Archibald. Her piece was read at our annual birthday bash/awards ceremony and will be published in an upcoming release. As well, watch our blog for publication of the honorable mentions.
Our Official 2017 Contest Judges
Anne Bean lives in Seattle, WA, where she writes fiction, comics, reviews, and essays. Her fiction has appeared in Animal Literary Magazine, Urban Fantasy Magazine, The Pitkin Review, and elsewhere. In 2015, she won an Artist Trust GAP grant, which is funding the creation of four fairy-tale comics. She is the Associate Editor for Minor Arcana Press as well as an independent book designer.
Her obsessions include: fairy tales, feminism and gender studies, comics, stock photography, typography, language, and the stories that make us human.
Mia Siegert received her MFA from Goddard College and her undergrad from Montclair State University where she won Honorable Mention in the 2009 English Department Awards for fiction. Her debut JERKBAIT has gained attention from SB Nation, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, AndPOP!, MaximumPOP! UK, VOYA Magazine, Paste Magazine, Teen Librarian Toolbox, and more. It was listed as one of Goodreads Best YA books of May 2016, Top 12 Indie YA from Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, and garnered the number two slot in AndPOP!’s Ten Best YA of 2016 list.
Siegert currently works as an adjunct professor and a costume designer. She enjoys riding horses and is a fan of the New Jersey Devils.