Call for Entries: Flash 405, April 2024: “Home”

It’s almost time for our April 2024 Flash 405 contest, and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome author Liza Olson into our Expo “Home” as the guest judge for this upcoming round!

Flash 405 is Exposition Review’s multi-genre short-form writing competition, awarding cash prizes and online publication to the winners. We will accept entries starting April 4 through May 5, 2024.

Learn more about Liza and this month’s contest theme:

– April 2024 Round –

The Judge: Liza Olson

Liza Olsen

Liza Olson is the author of the novels Here’s Waldo, The Brother We Share, and Afterglow. A Best of the Net nominee, Best Small Fictions nominee, finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award, and 2021 Wigleaf longlister in and from Chicagoland, she’s been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Cleaver, Pithead Chapel, and other fine places. One of her proudest achievements was getting to run (mac)ro(mic) for four incredible years. Find her online at or on social @lizaolsonbooks.

The Theme: Home

From Liza:

“What are the contours of it for you (or your characters) now, and what could they be? Does the word make you recoil? Pine? Ache? Hope? If you’ve lost the concept of it, can you get it back? And if so, how? Do you ever really go back home, or is the you that returns an always-different snapshot, alternate versions captured in superposition, waiting for the waveform to collapse?”

Before submitting, we encourage you to read the full guidelines; these can be found on our Submittable (link below) or on our Flash 405 page, where you can also see past contests and winners.

Good luck!

– Submissions open April 4–May 5, 2024 –


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