Flash Fiction


October 14, 2016

Submission Guidelines

Submissions to the flash fiction contest must be 


  • 500 words or less
  • 12 pt. font
  • Times New Roman
  • double-spaced 
  • in either Microsoft Word or Open Office format. 
  • Student may submit up to 3 pieces 
  • Must put "Flash Fiction Contest" in the subject line 

Make sure that your name does not appear on the story itself, that pages are numbered, and that the title of the piece appears in a header on each page. Please also include a cover page with your contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address. 

All submissions must be original and unpublished.


This year's theme for the 2016 edition of the Metaphor is Privilege, which compliments the university-wide theme.

The use of the theme is meant to provide a sense of unity to submissions as well as inspiration to those submitting. However, it is not required that submissions include the theme. A non-themed submission can win just as easily as a themed submission, but we encourage those choosing to submit to use the theme as they can.


Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place, and each piece will be automatically submitted to the overall submissions base for possible publication to Metaphor.

How to Submit

Email an electronic copy of the document to weberstatemetaphor@gmail.com with the subject line "Flash Fiction Contest."