We Love Short Shorts: Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest

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Contest Update
The results are in. View the contest finalist announcement & results in this blog post.

In honor of the shortest month of the year which includes the loving-est day of the year, we’re launching the We Love Short Shorts Contest for Flash Creative Nonfiction!

Throughout the month of February (and you get an extra day because it’s a leap year!), we’re inviting flash nonfiction writers to submit short essays (micro memoir) of up to 250 words; there is no theme.

Our winner and two runners-up will be featured in a special We Love Short Shorts section of our March/April 2024 issue.

Here’s a full look at the details:

Short Shorts Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest Details

  • Word Limit: 250
  • No theme!
  • Submission Fee: $6
  • First Prize: $250, publication + opportunity to serve as opening reader for a future Stories on Sunday event
  • Two Runners Up: $100 each + publication
  • Submission Period: Feb. 1–28 (submit here)
  • One entry per person
  • Entries read by our flash team; winners selected by our flash editors

Any entries not chosen for a prize are still automatically considered for a future regular Hippocampus Magazine issue.

Note: If you have a current submission under consideration at Hippocampus Magazine, you can still enter this contest. [We added this clarification as we typically only allow one submission at a time, but that is waived for contests.]


If you love writing short shorts as much as we love reading them, get those micro essays ready! We wish everyone love and luck in our first-ever contest for flash CNF!

  3 comments for “We Love Short Shorts: Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest

  1. I missed the last Short Shorts/Micro Memoir deadline, but I’m interested! Will there be another contest?

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