Flash 405, February 2017, “Monster” Winners


For our first Flash 405 contest of 2017, judge and Expo editor Lauren Gorski asked for short form narratives that explored “the abnormal, deviations from the acceptable, the outsiders”—and you delivered, with a “monster” number of submissions! From February 4 to March 5, we broke another Flash 405 record for most entries, receiving almost 100 submissions!

Among these entries were stories that scared us, thrilled us, and softened us to the gentle monster within. Lauren wanted “the emotion of Quasimodo compacted to 405 words. The violence of Grendel in 4-5 lines. The conviction of John Proctor in 4-5 pages.” We think she got it. The winners that emerged were able to deftly weave emotion, ugliness, and horror to create very human, but no less memorable monsters. Read on to discover them for yourself!

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Call for Entries! Flash 405, June 2016: “Metamorphosis” with Judith Freeman


As Expo prepares for our “Flash of Inspiration” panel at LitFest Pasadena, we are excited to announce that one of the panelists, Judith Freeman, will be the guest judge for our June 2016 round of Flash 405!

Flash 405 is a multi-genre flash competition, awarding prizes and online publication to the winners. Entries for this round will be accepted from June 4-July 5, 2016 via Submittable.

The full rules (and past winners) are available here . Read on for the June 2016 theme and details. Good luck!
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