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Taking Submissions: Apparition Lit July 2022 Contest
July 14, 2022
Submission Window: July 1st-14th, 2022
Theme: Inspired by the image above
Apparition Lit is a speculative fiction magazine that publishes themed issues four times a year.
We publish poems and stories between 1k-5k words in January, April, July, and October. We also hold monthly flash fiction contests between the 1st and 15th of each month. Flash stories must be under a 1000 words and be inspired or based on the chosen theme. Full details for submission guidelines are below.
Submissions for Flash Fiction (pieces under 1k) will be accepted on the first 14 days of every month (For example, January Flash submissions will be accepted January 1-14). Stories must be based on the image prompt for that month. No rejections will be sent for flash submissions, and one winning story will be selected each month. After the selected writer is notified, their story will be posted in the 4th week of the month.
We want succinct speculative stories. Flex your writing muscles and send us flash fiction of 1k words or less.
Each month Apparition Lit holds a flash fiction contest. We’ll be looking for previously unpublished stories that are inspired by the monthly photograph prompt. Flash fiction should be a complete story, not an excerpt of a larger work. If you aren’t sure how to write a flash piece, check out the write-up at Writer’s Digest.
For 2022 we chose to highlight photographers whose work inspires us! We’re fond of the creativity that ekphrastic writing sparks, so we’ve selected some images to light that flash flame.
Ekphrastic writing is the act of creating a vivid description of a specific image or artwork. We encourage you to create a full story (under 1k words) about the characters and worlds in the images we’ve chosen.
Flash pieces must be under 1k words, must be speculative and must meet the requirements of the selected prompt for the appropriate month.
We will only accept stories 1000 words and under. This is a hard limit.
Apparition Lit is increasing the prize for the 2021 monthly flash fiction contest to $30 USD, to meet the minimum semi-pro payment. If we accept your story, we are purchasing the right to publish the story online.
- Format the story using the Shunn manuscript
- Please only use Times New Roman or Arial font in your document
- Name the file using the story title and your last name, i.e. THE SWAMP EXCHANGE_Barker
- Save as an RTF file and attach to an email (must be an attached file, not a link to Google Doc)
- In the text of the email, provide a brief cover letter that only includes your name, the title of the flash, word count, and any relevant publications
- Edit the subject line so it reads: FLASH SUBMISSION: Title of Your Story
- Email your flash piece to [email protected]
- Add Apparition Lit to your Safe Senders list so you can receive our auto-response emails.
The writer of the selected story will be notified and their story published on the 4th week of the month. Rejections will not be sent for the Flash Fiction contest.
Via: Apparition Lit.
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