IMG_1386Prompt: “It Came in the Mail”
No Entry Fee
Word limit: 500 words, excluding title
Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Submissions: email to

50 euro first prize (or equivalent amount in your currency)
25 euro second prize
15 euro third prize
Judge: Paul Beckman


Paul Beckman_contest judgeJudge: Paul Beckman
Paul Beckman was one of the winners in the Queen’s Ferry 2016 Best of the Small Fictions. His 200+ stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Matter Press, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, Thrice Fiction and Literary Orphans. His latest collection, Peek, weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages. His website: www.paulbeckmanstories.com

About the contest, Paul says:

I’m looking for writing I haven’t read before. Original, emotional, creative—a story I’ll want to share and want others to share. Good luck!

Contest Rules:

One entry per author.

Send your entry pasted into the body of an email and also as a .doc attachment (in the same email) to brilliantflashfiction@gmail.com. There are no specific font or formatting requirements. Authors retain all rights to submitted work. Deadline is September 15, 2016 midnight in Dublin, Ireland.

No poetry, essays, non-fiction or memoir, please. Stories unrelated to the theme “It Came in the Mail” will be disqualified.

All entries must be original and unpublished elsewhere. This means submissions that have been accepted for publication anywhere else, including blogs, personal web pages, etc., are not eligible. Entries of more than 500 words or entries found to be published anywhere else will be immediately disqualified.

All winning entries (including shortlisted stories) will be published in the September issue of Brilliant Flash Fiction.