Southeast Missouri State University Press

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: October 1, annually. This contest is on temporary hiatus due to time constraints beyond our control. We hope to have it back for 2021 or 2022!
Reading Fee: $15 (Through our Submittable page. Please contact us at to make alternate arrangements).
Award: $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must not be previously published.
  • Submit a maximum of 500 words, double-spaced, with the following information on a separate cover page:
    • Contest title
    • Manuscript title
    • Author name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Submit through our Submittable page!