The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

Though many writers have helped to shape the history of flash fiction, Ernest Hemingway’s first short-story collection, In Our Time, easily makes him one of the form’s primary pioneers. For this reason, Fiction Southeast has chosen to honor his accomplishments through the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Each year, a participating judge will select a winner (and three runners-up).

Contest Guidelines:

Entries for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be unpublished and in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission process for each story). Simultaneous submissions ARE welcome.Contest will open annually in on January 1st with a deadline of December 31st. Entry fee is $10. All entries will be considered for publication in Fiction Southeast. Click here to submit your entry.

  • Winner – $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast
  • Finalists – publication in Fiction Southeast
*Winner and finalists typically announced in late February/early March


photo-david-galef-bioWe are pleased to announce that David Galef will act as our judge for this year’s contest. David Galef has published over a dozen books, including the novels Flesh, Turning Japanese, and How to Cope with Suburban Stress (a Book Sense choice, listed by Kirkus as one of the Best 30 Books of 2006); the short-story collections Laugh Track and My Date with Neanderthal Woman; two children’s books, The Little Red Bicycle and Tracks; two translations of Japanese proverbs, Even Monkeys Fall from Trees and Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk; a work of literary criticism on flat and minor characters, The Supporting Cast; an edited anthology of essays called Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading; a critical edition of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles; a co-edited anthology of fiction called 20 over 40; and the poetry collections Flaws and Kanji Poems. In addition, he’s written over a hundred short stories for magazines ranging from the British Punch to the Czech Prague Revue, the Canadian Prism International and the American Shenandoah. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, Twentieth Century Literature, The Columbia History of the British Novel, and many other places. His awards include a Fulbright fellowship, a Henfield Foundation grant, a Writers Exchange award from Poets & Writers, and a Mississippi Arts Council grant, as well as residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He’s a co-founder of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi, though he’s now a professor of English and creative writing program director at Montclair State University. He’s also the former Fiction Workshop columnist for The Writer and currently a humor columnist for Inside Higher Ed. His author’s website is at His latest book, Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook, is coming out from Columbia University Press this November.

Results from previous years:

Previous winners / Finalists