2018 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize

We at Spider Road Press will once again be celebrating excellent, unpublished flash fiction featuring a complex, female-identifying protagonist. Our fourth annual contest will recognize unique, precise, well-crafted prose by writers of all genders.

Entry period: Contest entries will be accepted from February 15 – May 15, 2018.

First Prize: $300, print publication, and one copy of a book edited by the contest judge. Prize will be paid in US dollars.

Honorable Mentions (Four): Publication on the Spider Road Press website, an award certificate, and one copy of a book edited by the contest judge.



  • We are looking for unpublished flash fiction of 750 words or fewer (including title), featuring a complex, female-identifying protagonist. (Writers of all genders are encouraged to submit.)
  • Your protagonist must be, or previously have been, human.
  • Writers must 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.
  • All entries must be made via Submittable. 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.
  • Previous first prize winners are not eligible to win.

Further guidelines are available via our Submittable page: http://bit.ly/2o7ON2x


2018 OFFICIAL JUDGE: Julia Rios


Julia Rios is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Daily Science FictionApex 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 PodcastlePseudopod, 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

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-photoMia Siegert

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.



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