LET’S BE BRILLIANT!

2023 Brilliant Writing Contest

Judged in-house by Brilliant Flash Fiction editors, our next writing contest has no theme—only a request for brilliant, beautiful writing.

Although we accept international entries, only stories written in English will be considered. Writers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to submit.

No Entry Fee

Word limit: 400 words, excluding title

Deadline: April 15, 2023

Submissions: email to bffwritingcontest@gmail.com

Awards:
$200.00 first prize
$100.00 second prize
$50.00 third prize

$20.00 and publication on our website for shortlisted stories

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SEPTEMBER 2022

Real People
By Michael Harper

The gymnasium is packed with most of the school. As each row of teenage meat smashes in together, an oppressive heat starts burdening the small arena. Winter coats squelch against each other, puffy and undefinable in space. The teachers shush the murmurs with varied enthusiasm. Mr. Leroy sneaks to the men’s room to drink Wild Turkey and pray to the school mascot. The students’ buzzing blends together into a unified cacophony, like a swarming hive.

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JUNE 2022

Gorilla vs Dogs
By David M. Rubin

“Yooo! All dirty mongrels and mangy curs to the basement!”

That’s what I call them cause they’re actually dogs.

“You know I mean business, so get off your asses and be ready. I’m coming for you all whether you’re sitting or doing that submissive thing on your backs with your paws up.”

They should know by now this game is called Gorilla vs Dogs. I show up in the basement with a gorilla mask on and race around the empty carpeted floor swinging my arms. Most seem to forget the rules, but they re-learn real fast when the gorilla singles them out for attack.

“You know about my advanced status! Even as a big ape, I’m millions of years more advanced than even the smartest of you pretend professors, and I don’t give a toot if Phoenix the poodle knows 67 words.”

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