Each monthly flash fiction call has a theme. We ask you to write an SFF story (SciFi, Fantasy, Horror, or related sub-genres) that fits the theme in some way. You’ll find a list of upcoming themes below.
Though this is a flash fiction contest, we’re generally still looking for stories with a strong narrative arc. We are most drawn to stories that quickly introduce us to character, world, and conflict. (Conflict isn’t just a fight, by the way.) Our preference is for forward momentum with a middle free of too much backstory. Last, we want an ending the resolves the plot, directly or subtly. All of that said, if you have a story fitting our themes which you feel good about, send it in! The worst we’ll do is say it’s not for us.
We only want stories between 500 and 1,000 words, inclusive. We pay a flat rate of $15 per story, regardless of length.
Now, without further ado, let’s showcase the themes, shall we?
Issue of Publication
|Dreams||20 January 2014||1 February 2013|
|Journeys||20 February 2014||1 March 2014|
|The Writing Life (*)||20 March 2014||1 April 2014|
|Alternate Histories||20 April 2014||1 May 2014|
|Summer||20 May 2014||1 June 2014|
|Celebrations||20 June 2014||1 July 2014|
|(*) It’s almost — oh, heck, it IS — a cliche for writers to write stories about writing. And though they’re considered the bane of submission readers everywhere, our Fearless Editor has chosen our April Fools’ issue as the perfect time for writers to unleash their (speculative fiction) stories of writers and writing (Editors, publishers, and illustrators are fair game as characters, too!) in his direction.|
Send your submission in an email to kazkasubs[at]gmail.com. Attach your file to the email. Don’t forget to include your cover letter in the body of the email. It is very important that we know for which issue a story is being submitted. PLEASE make sure to note that in your Subject Line. A good sample subject line would be “Kazka Press Submission for the Out of Time issue.”
Here are the rules and details.
We’re looking for a piece of flash fiction that is between 500 and 1000 words long. Thus:
499 < YOUR STORY < 1,001
We won’t publish stories north or south of this mark.
Stories may be submitted up through the 20th of the month prior to the month of publication. We keep submissions open until midnight, as the 20th rolls into the 21st in California.
Manuscript & Cover Letter:
Please get close to standard manuscript formatting. However, we’ll be formatting your story for the web, so don’t worry over this too much. Just make sure we can read your story. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: don’t underline the italics. Just leave them as italics.
We accept .pages, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, and .rtf files. That said, if you submit a .pdf or a .pages file and your story is accepted, we will ask for a file in one of the other four formats for line editing.
What do we want in the cover letter?
Your name, story title, address, email, and a brief bio (100 words or so, third person).
Payment, Publication, & Rights Sought:
If you’re selected as a winner of our monthly contest, we’ll purchase First Worldwide Electronic Rights from you for $15, regardless of word count. These electronic rights give us the right to:
- publish your story on our website exclusively for six months and non-exclusively for as long as we’re an entity.
- include your story in the Kazka Press monthly .pdf and .epub issue, available from our website for download.
Our contract asks for 6 months exclusivity on electronically published stories, so you cannot ePublish your story anywhere else, including your blog, during that time. However, since we’re not buying print rights, you can feel free to sell FNASR (First North American Serial Rights), for example. And, of course, you can sell audio rights as long as they’re non-exclusive (as most are).
Payment will be made via Paypal or check, and writers will be paid within two weeks of publication/signing a contract, whichever is the latest event of the two.
Original vs. Reprint:
For our flash fiction contests, we only accept unpublished work.
Simultaneous & multiple submissions:
We don’t accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.
Please email our editor: kazkasubs[at]gmail.com.
Ready to Submit?
Send your submission in an email to kazkasubs[at]gmail.com. Attach your file to the email. Don’t forget to include your cover letter in the body of the email.