Contest Guidelines

Submission rules:

  • Upload one (1) document with up to three (3) flash fiction pieces.

  • Each piece has a 1,000-word limit.

  • One entry per person.

  • Remove identifying information from your document before submitting. (Each entry is read blind.)

  • Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in Submittable.

  • All work should be your own and not previously published (this includes on your website!).

All entries considered for online publication. First, second, and third prizes will be published on the site and in the Spring 2018 issue. Each winner will receive, in addition to the prize money, a digital copy of the issue.

Prizes are $125, $75, and $25.

Entry fee is $6.

Deadline is December 15, 2017.

Winners will be notified by January 15, 2018.


Every word counts! Tip: read your work aloud several times during your revision process.

Editors and readers for The Flexible Persona are not eligible to enter the contest.

The Flexible Persona follows the CLMP’s Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. Intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree (1) to conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.