STREETLIGHT’S 2020 SUMMER FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Send us your shorts by August 3!

1st Prize — $125
2nd — $75
3rd — $50

Entry Fee: $15


CONTEST GUIDELINES:

  1. Up to 500 of your best, previously unpublished words. Any subject.
  2. Multiple submissions are fine -- one work per entry. 
  3. This is a blind contest. Please remove all personal information from the story pages.
  4. We encourage simultaneous submissions but if your piece is accepted elsewhere, inform us at fiction@streetlightmag.com, right away. 
  5. Contest deadline is Monday, August 3, 2020 midnight EST.
  6. Competition winners will be announced August 17, 2020. Only winning authors will be contacted. However, all entries will be considered for general publication in Streetlight. If your narrative is a good fit for a subsequent issue, we will get in touch to see if it is still available.
  7. Winners will be chosen by a committee of Streetlight staff led by fiction editors Erika Raskin and Suzanne Freeman. Winning submissions will run in the Fall Issue.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • By submitting your work, you grant Streetlight Magazine first North American print and electronic publication rights and guarantee that the submission is your own, original writing. All rights return to the author after publication.
  • If you publish your work again at a later date, we request that you include a notice stating that it was first published at Streetlight Magazine.
  • Our editors do not decline contest entries nor close them out. After the contest deadline, winners are announced, and non-winning entries are considered for general publication.
  • All winning entries will be published online this Fall, as well as in the 2020 Streetlight annual print anthology. Some stories may be selected for podcast performance. 


Erika Raskin is Streetlight Magazine’s fiction editor. Her novel, Best Intentions (St. Martin's Press) is an all-too possible medical thriller that shines a light on bad hospital practice. Her first book, Close (Harvard Square Editions) is about family therapy. On TV. She is working on a collection of linked short stories set—as she is—in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Suzanne Freeman edited both fiction and social media for Streetlight, and is the author of The Cuckoo's Child. She is a novelist, book-reviewer and champion procrastinator (isn't that what social media is all about?).

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  We are looking for elegant and memorable writing, both traditional and experimental.  Send us stories up to 3,500 words in length.  Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • By submitting your work, you grant Streetlight Magazine first North American print and electronic publication rights and guarantee that the submission is your own, original writing. All rights return to the author after publication.
  • If you publish your work again at a later date, we request that you include a notice of the first printing appearing at Streetlight.
  • All accepted entries will be published in the annual Streetlight anthology. 
  • Accepted entries may receive an audio production for the Streetlight Voices podcast. 
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  We seek to publish all types of well-crafted poems which go beyond description, and resonate with rich language, clear images and a voice. Streetlight Magazine welcomes work by both emerging and established poets. Send us 3-5 unpublished poems in a single document.  A cover letter is not necessary, but please include with your submission a 2-3 sentence biographical note that will be used if your work is accepted.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • By submitting your work, you grant Streetlight Magazine first North American print and electronic publication rights and guarantee that the submission is your own, original writing. All rights return to the author after publication.
  • If you publish your work again at a later date, we request that you include a notice of the first printing appearing in Streetlight.
  • All accepted entries will be published in the Streetlight annual anthology.

  We seek creative non-fiction and essays that examine issues from fresh, new angles. Send work that arcs towards truth--as ephemeral as that may be--whether by examining real life, or through the exercise of pure thought. Send us work that can change our minds and our way of seeing the world.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • By submitting your work, you grant Streetlight Magazine first North American print and electronic publication rights and guarantee that the submission is your own, original writing. All rights return to the author after publication.
  • If you publish your work again at a later date, we request that you include a notice of the first printing appearing at Streetlight.
  • All accepted entries will be published in the annual Streetlight anthology. 
  • Accepted entries may receive an audio production for the Streetlight Voices podcast. 

Streetlight seeks original art submissions -- paintings, photography, pastels, pen and ink -- that will make us pause and consider.

We welcome guest bloggers -- it's free to submit a blog to Streetlight Magazine.

We're interested in topics about the literary and visual arts as well as personal perspectives, humor, commentary, and interviews with writers and visual artists. Blogs should be between 300-700 words long and may be edited to fit our website's format and style.

  • You may submit previously published blogs, and we will credit your blog accordingly.
  • Casual, informal writing is okay.
  • Authors retain all copyrights and their content will appear on the Streetlight Magazine website with the author's permission.
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