Submissions open March 14 and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2022.


Submissions can be in any genre (literary, horror, speculative, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.). There is no theme; all we ask is that you surprise and delight us! Flash fiction judge is Sheung-King, Aaron Tang (for more on our judge, please see below).

Entries should be typed in either 11 pt. Arial or Calibri or 12 pt. font Times New Roman, double-spaced

All entries will be read blind. Please do not include identifying information such as your name or email on your story.

Word count: 250 (minimum) to 1,000 (maximum), not including your title. Please use the MS Word count feature to calculate the length of your piece. Submissions shorter than 250 words or longer than 1,000 words will be disqualified.

No previously published work! Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know as soon as possible if your story has been accepted elsewhere.

Submissions containing harmful stereotypes and perspectives, including racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism or ableism, or any other discriminatory content, will be disqualified.

Send your submission in an attachment (word document or PDF) by email to with your last name and the words FLASH FICTION in the subject line. In the body of the email include your name, address, telephone number and email address. Also include a short, third-person bio (75 words or less). 

Open to Canadian citizens and residents only.

Entry fee: $10 per story (maximum two entries per writer) payable by e-transfer to or via PayPal (use the PayPal button on this site or use

Number of submissions

Winners will be announced in June, 2022. Cash prizes for first ($200), second ($100), and third-place ($50) will be awarded. Winners will be contacted and provided with e-transfer payment details. Winning stories will also be published on our website, which will allow authors to have bragging rights as the inaugural winners of our contest! Copyright rests with the authors of the winning stories; we only ask that if you are offered a chance to publish them, that you credit Canadian Authors Association–Toronto.

Photo credit: Maari Sugawara

About our Judge:

Sheung-King, Aaron Tang is a writer and educator. His debut novel — You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked. — was a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Award, a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads 2021 and named one of the best book debuts of 2020 by The Globe and Mail. Born in Vancouver, Sheung-King grew up in Hong Kong. His work examines “the interiorlives of the transnational Asian diaspora” (Thea Lim, The Nation). He taught creative writing at the University of Guelph and is now the creative writing coach at Avenues: The World School, Shenzhen. His next novel, entitled, BATSHIT SEVEN, will be published by Penguin Random House Canada.