Flash Fiction Contest

A message regarding a contest, this one for flash fiction, recently arrived in the Guild’s email inbox from San Miguel Literary Sala.

The San Miguel Literary Sala announces a Flash Writing Contest open to writers of poetry, haiku, fiction, and nonfiction. The winner in each genre will be awarded $75 USD and their entry will be published in the 2019 edition of CROSSROADS: LA VIDA CREATIVA EN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, the annual cultural arts magazine published by the San Miguel Literary Sala, AC.

Distinguished Judges

Poetry: Jennifer Clement

Haiku: Cristina Rascón

Fiction: Sandra Gulland

Nonfiction: Kelly Sundberg


The winning poem, essay, and story from the 2018 contest will be published in the 2019 edition of CROSSROADS, and each winning writer will receive $75 and 5 copies of the issue in which their work appears.


All writers are eligible to submit original work written primarily in English. However, administrators of the San Miguel Literary Sala, the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, and Crossroads magazine are ineligible.

Eligible Work: Work submitted must be unpublished. Work may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere. If it is published or accepted to be published prior to the judging, it will be disqualified from the competition.


Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, July 1, 2018. We will announce the winners by November 30, 2018.


Poetry: 1 poem, 50 lines maximum including stanza breaks, 100 character limit per line, including title.

Haiku: 3 haiku, each following the form of 5, 7, 5 syllables per line.

Fiction and Nonfiction: 750 word maximum, including title.

Entry Fee

Entry to the contest requires a $20 fee. The fee is payable by credit/debit card or PayPal.

Online Submission System
Submit one entry per $20 fee via our online submission manager.

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • This is a blind competition. An entry will be disqualified if the name of the writer is attached to the submission.
  • Entry fees are not refundable.

Please note: The Guild frequently receives messages about contests. The decision to publicize them depends in part on the reputation of the sponsoring organization, the potential reward and benefit to members, and how much, if any, the entry fee is. Typically, the limit for the entry fee considered reasonable is $25, though we may make exceptions for local contests where the likelihood of Guild members being recognized is higher. Keep these factors in mind when determining the value of entering contests publicized on the Guild’s website.

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