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Flash Frog’s Flash Fiction Contest judged by Aimee Bender

The Blue Frog awards a total of $700 in prize money as well as signed books and original art!

2023 Theme: “The Surreal”

We want to see those stories where the real world blends seamlessly with the uncanny, the absurd, the unbelievable. Oftentimes, this blurring of the real and the magical can reveal stronger truths than those stories existing only within the confines of reality.

And as always, we want the theme to be inspiring, not limiting. We are open to your interpretation of “the surreal.”

Reading Period

Contest submissions are open from January 1st – 31st.

Finalists are announced in mid February. Winners are announced in early March.

Read rules and guidelines on how to submit here.

Guest Judge: Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is the author of six books of fiction, the most recent being The Butterfly Lampshade, longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Award. She lives in Los Angeles, and teaches creative writing at USC.