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CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest 2021


2021 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest

Guest Judge: Robert Lopez

Thank you to all writers who sent stories to our 2021 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest.

We are delighted to publish the winning entries in April 2022. Congratulations to all the winners, editors’ choice selections, finalists, longlisters, and honorable mentions!


Amina Gautier : “What the Mouth Knows”
A.J. Rodriguez: “De Nuevo”
Pete Stevens: “Riders”

Editors’ Choice Selections 

Exodus Oktavia Brownlow: “When It Gets Cold in the South, You Get a Jesus, You Get a Jesus, Everybody Gets a Goddamn Jesus”
Rosaleen Lynch: “The Life Cycle of Fire”
Tara Isabel Zambrano: “Fangs” 


Tyler Barton: “Mom, Chronicled (January)”
Jacob Burris: “There Is the Heart”
Hannah Butcher, Kendall Clarke, & Matt Forsythe: “Pinprick”
Christine H. Chen: “Story of You”
Barbara Diggs: “The Magician’s Assistant”
Cynthia Gordon Kaye: “Another Boy”
Kian Kelley-Chung: “What Did You Expect?”
Carrie Mac: “Baby”
Andrew Martin: “Tornadoes”
Patricia Middlebrook: “The Pavement”
Kirsten Mosher: “Dredging”
Anne Pollard: “Book Club”
Lynn Schmeidler: “I You She”
Amy Wang: “campfire babies”

The Rest of the Longlist 

Tom Andes: “Go Your Own Way”
Tyler Barton: “Dad, Chronicled (September)”
Nadia Born: “Sugar Coating”
Bon-Wai Chou: “The Girl with the Golden Hair”
Ann Dombroski: “Waste”
Robert Herbst: “The Beak”
Tobey Hiller: “Kitchen Incident”
Talya Jankovits: “Missing”
Marti Mattia: “This Is How”
Laney Nielson: “Fairfield Hill Academy Employee Handbook”
Maegan Poland: “Empty Houses”
Mary Switalski: “A Clean Horizon”
Amy Wang: “butterball”

Honorable Mentions 

Elizabeth Christopher: “Tender”
Frances Dalton: “Tongue and Mortice”
Stephanie Hayes: “The Seat”
Patrick Holian: “La Llorona”
Carol Keeley: “Hospital Cafeteria”
Mary Kelly: “It’s Over”
Eliot Li: “The Magic Kingdom”
Jill Loomis: “Please Join Me for Soup and a Nap in the Driveway”
Kirsten Mosher: “At Full Heart”
Fatima Moufridji: “Corpse in the Casket”

We’ll be back next fall for the 2022 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest!

Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the World, Kamby Bolongo Mean River—named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant, All Back Full, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. A new book, A Better Class Of People, will be published by Dzanc Books in March 2022. He teaches at Pratt Institute and Stony Brook University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Founded in 2006, Rose Metal Press is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in the publication of literary work in hybrid genres, including flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.