Contests

WHAT: 1st Annual Barren Flash Fiction Prize

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 30, 2019 at 11:59 EST. (CLOSED)

ENTRY FEE: $5 per Flash Fiction Story

AWARDS: 1st Place (cash award of 40% of total entry fees; story published in December issue of Barren Magazine); 2nd Place (cash award of 30% of total entry fees; story published in December issue of Barren Magazine); 3rd Place (20% of total entry fees; story published in December issue of Barren Magazine)

1st Place Prize: 40% of total entry fees
2nd Place Prize: 30% of total entry fees
3rd PlacePrize: 20% of total entry fees

GUEST JUDGE: Barlow Adams

Barlow Adams is a writer from the Cincinnati area. He is the author of two novellas. His poetry and fiction have appeared in several magazines and journals.

GUIDELINES:

  • Flash Fiction entries must be written in English to be eligible
  • 1 Flash Fiction Story = 1 entry ($5 per entry — no entry limit)
  • Maximum entry length: 1,000 words (no minimum word count)
  • Please use a generic font; we prefer Times New Roman 12 pt
  • Only original stories that have not been published in print or online journals will be considered. (self-published work in blogs, chapbooks or on social media will be considered)
  • SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTABLE (they just can’t be in print prior to you entering them in the contest).

INSTRUCTIONS: 

  • Purchase your entries via the form provided
  • You will receive an immediate confirmation email receipt with a Receipt # and further instructions, which include the following:
    • Email address for where to send your entry
    • Email each entry as a separate .doc or .docx attachment containing only titles and text
    • Title your submission email as follows: “[Receipt #] [Title]”
    • In the body of your email, please include ONLY your name, the title(s) of your entries, and your email address
  • You will receive an immediate confirmation email when we receive your submission
  • All readings will be without author identifiers

EXCLUSIONS:

To ensure partiality, all current and former Barren Magazine and Barren Press Masthead volunteers are ineligible to participate. Everyone else, including those who have been previously published in Barren Magazine, is eligible for this contest.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

We will formally announce the winning 3 stories and their authors toward the end of November, whereupon we will either mail checks or transfer winners’ awards via PayPal thereafter.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT INFO@BARRENMAGAZINE AT ANY TIME.