Flash 405


Flash 405 is Exposition Review’s multi-genre flash competition, awarding prizes and online publication to the winners! The contest runs every other month during our “off” season (January-August), when regular submissions are closed.

Flash 405 is judged by one of our managing editors or a guest judge. Each round is different; some judges will choose to have a theme, some will not.

– Submissions are CLOSED until 2018 –

See the past winners and themes!


We accept:

  • Fiction. A complete story, up to 405 words (Get it?).
  • Nonfiction. A complete story, up to 405 words.
  • Poetry. One poem, up to 5 lines (including prose poems).
  • Stage & Screen. A complete scene, up to 4 pages. Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format.

How does it work?

  • Submissions: You submit your flash work via our Submittable. Multiple entries are allowed. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are not. One piece per entry. Each entry is $5.
  • Judging: We read your work. We deliberate, we duke it out, and eventually we narrow it down. Our judge chooses 1st and 2nd place, along with up to three honorable mentions.
  • Prizes: The winners will both receive publication on the website. They will also receive a cash prize–but here’s the fun part, there’s no limit to how much you could win. The more entries we receive, the larger the prize! Here’s a breakdown:
    • 1st prize: Online publication + 40% of all entry fees.
    • 2nd prize: Online publication + 20% of all entry fees.
    • Honorable Mention: Online publication.

Is your interest piqued? See the details and results of our previous rounds below!


Past Winners

November 2015: “Roots” | Winners
February 2016: Amy Gerstler’s “Six Themes” | Winners
April 2016: “Fault” | Winners
June 2016: Judith Freeman’s “Metamorphosis” | Winners
August 2016: “Connect”Winners
February 2017: “Monster” | Winners
April 2017: Trinie Dalton’s “Shangri-La” | Winners
June 2017: “Nemesis” | Winners
June 2017: Angels Flight • literary west’s “Blue”Winners