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General Submissions

Our general submissions are always open and always free! We pay $200 for short stories and creative nonfiction between 1,000 and 6,000 words, $100 for flash fiction and flash creative nonfiction, and $50–100 for craft essays and interviews. More information and guidelines are to be found on our submissions page.


Editorial Feedback

Are you looking for feedback on a piece of short fiction? Whether you’re applying to workshops, residencies, or MFA programs, or polishing a piece to submit to lit mags or writing contests, or seeking notes for any reason, we are so pleased to offer editorial feedback on flash fiction and short stories up to 6,000 words. Learn more here.


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CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
Judged by Robert Lopez
2021: September 1 to October 31

The 2021 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest, for unpublished flash fiction up to 1,000 words, will be awarded in April 2022. Three winners will be selected by guest judge Robert Lopez, with each awarded $1,000. Winners will receive publication and a written introduction by the judge, as well as a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides, and a micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Kristin Tenor. Editors will also award $200 and publication to three stories they just can’t let go. Learn more here.


Coming Soon

CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award
Judged by Ira Sukrungruang
2021: November 1 to December 30


Past Awards

Please visit our Awards Page for all information about upcoming contests, open contests, and for the winners of completed contests.