2018 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize
GENERAL ENTRY CRITERIA
- Unpublished flash fiction featuring a complex female-identifying protagonist. (Gender of writer is unimportant.) Protagonist must be, or previously have been, human.
- 750 words or fewer.
- Entries of literary, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and Gothic fiction for both adult and YA readers will be considered.
- Writers must be at least 18 years old.
- There is a $10 entry fee per piece so that we can pay the judges and pay for our administrative costs. (We have reduced the entry fee this year, and regret that we can’t offer further discounts for students).
- No more than three submissions per writer will be considered.
- Due to limited staff, we aren’t able to consider simultaneous submissions.
***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.