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CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest 2020


2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest

Guest Judge: Leesa Cross-Smith

Thank you to all writers who sent stories to our annual flash fiction contest! We are delighted to publish the winning entries in April, 2021.


Our plan:

All writers will be contacted by February 15, 2021 at the latest.

We want to give your piece back to you as quickly as possible if it is not advancing; by the middle of November, we will start to release pieces. We hope to have a longlist decided by late January 2021. We hope to have a shortlist of finalists to Leesa Cross-Smith by early February 2021, with decisions made and winners announced by mid-March 2021. The three winning pieces will publish in April, 2021. All work will also be considered for publication in CRAFT.

Entrants whose pieces are advancing will be contacted at each stage.



Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of So We Can Glow (Grand Central Publishing, 2020), Whiskey & Ribbons (Hub City Press, 2018), Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014), and the forthcoming This Close to Okay (Grand Central Publishing, 2021). Every Kiss a War was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth’s Million Writers Award. The novel Whiskey & Ribbons was longlisted for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and listed among Oprah Magazine’s “Top Books of Summer.” She was a consulting editor for Best Small Fictions 2017. Her work has appeared in Oxford AmericanBest Small Fictions 2015, NYLON, Alaska Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and many others. Find more at LeesaCrossSmith.com.


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.