Julia Peterkin Flash Fiction Contest

South 85 Journal accepts submissions of previously unpublished flash fiction pieces of 850 words or fewer for the Julia Peterkin Flash Fiction Contest each summer between June 1 and August 1. The winner receives $500 and publication in the December issue of South 85 Journal. Contest finalists will also be named and their work published in the December issue as well.  Submissions are read blind by an outside judge.
  • Submissions are accepted from June 1 – August 1.
  • Previously unpublished fiction of 850 words or fewer are eligible for this contest. We are especially interested in stories that demonstrate a strong voice and/or a sense of place, but we consider all quality writing.
  • All submissions will be read blind, so do not include personal information with your submission. Submissions that include identifying information will not be considered.
  • We will select one winner to receive a cash prize of $500.
  • Four semi-finalists will be chosen for publication in South 85 Journal
  • Winners will be named in October.
  • All winning entries will be published in the Fall / Winter issue of South 85 Journal, which will be released December 15.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your entry if your piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • All winners must be over 18 years old and reside in the U.S. in order to claim their cash prize.
  • Please use double-spacing and a 12 point, standard font. We suggest Times New Roman. We consider only previously unpublished work.
  • Current and former staff members are not eligible for participation.
  • Current Converse College students and Converse College alumni are not eligible for participation.
South 85 Journal does not publish work which has been previously published either in print or online. Our reply time is typically eight to ten weeks. We acquire exclusive first-time Internet rights only. All other rights revert to the author at publication, but we offer formal, written reassignments upon request. Works are also archived online. We ask that whenever an author reprints the work that first appeared in our pages, South 85 Journal be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved. Only the main contest winner will receive a prize.
Previous Winners