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Gigantic Sequins: 12th Annual Summer Contests in Poetry & Flash Fiction

Submission Information:

  • You may submit via Submittable up to three works of flash fiction OR poems per entry. Please put all three in the same file attachment.
  • GS defines flash fiction as works of 1000 words/less. Poetry may be of any length.
  • If you wish to submit more, do so again with an additional $6.00 fee/3 works
  • Please do not put your name anywhere in the attached file containing your work or your submission will be void.
  • Previously published work is not eligible. If your work has appeared in a “story” format via social media, however, we do not consider this to be previously published. If you work appeared online via your own personal blog or personal social and has since been deleted, we do not consider this to be previously published.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted and, if accepted elsewhere, must be withdrawn using the Submittable system ASAP. We do not prefer simultaneous submissions to our contests but allow them. Do not withdraw your entire submission unless all work included has been accepted elsewhere.


  • $100.00
  • Publication in GS 15 (June/July 2024)
  • Additional prize/s TBA

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is the author of The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020) Bad Mexican, Bad American (Acre Books, 2024) and The Parachutist (Sundress Publications, 2025). His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Border Crossing (CAN), Cincinnati ReviewCirculo de Poesia (MEX), Gigantic SequinsThe Hooghly Review (IND), HuizacheThe Iowa ReviewThe London Magazine (ENG), The Missouri ReviewThe Moth (IRE), The NationPoetry MagazinePoetry Wales (UK), The ProgressiveThe Southern ReviewTriQuarterly, The Yale ReviewWitness, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He teaches generative workshops for Hugo House, Lighthouse Writers Workshops, The Writer’s Center, and elsewhere. He serves as a Poetry Mentor in The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program.

Flash Fiction
Jessamyn Violet is a musician and author originally from Boston, MA, now based in Venice Beach. Her debut novel Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar was published by Three Rooms Press in Spring 2023. Her short fiction appears in PloughsharesLit Angels and more. She is also the drummer for the psych rock band Movie Club. More info can be found at

About the Journal

Gigantic Sequins is happy to be your favorite black & white print literary arts journal. GS was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Philadelphia, and currently lives primarily in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, with outposts throughout the US in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, & more. We’re known for the quality fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art, & comics we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. Our editors like to publish writers & artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, as well as writers & artists at a variety of different stages in their careers. For ten years, we published two issues each year, one in the summer and one in the winter, and moving forward, GS will come out annually for now. Our all-volunteer staff helps cultivate a space for writing & art that reaches beyond the printed literary arts & into other parts of our neighborhoods. We aim to be the print literary arts journal on your shelf that starts a lasting conversation.