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There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Golden Key is pleased to announce our third flash fiction contest, judged by Amber Sparks. The winner will receive $200 and publication in Issue 9 (Winter/Spring 2019).

We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) via Submittable through October 31. The fee for entry is $4 for one piece, or $6 for two pieces, or $8 for three pieces. Please submit your stories as a single document without any identifying information. You may submit as many entries as you like; each submission should be accompanied by its own entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided you let us know immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere—unfortunately, we are unable to refund the entry fee for submissions that are withdrawn. Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge are not eligible to enter this contest. Entry fees go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced in December.


Amber Sparks is the author of two short story collections, including the recent The Unfinished World and Other Stories. Her fiction and essays appear widely online at places like Tin House, Granta, and American Short Fiction. She lives in Washington, DC and can be found on Twitter @ambernoelle.

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