The 2019 Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest Is Now Open!

Melinda Moustakis, author of  Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories , will be this year’s judge for the Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest.

Melinda Moustakis, author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, will be this year’s judge for the Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest.

We’re thrilled to announce that Melinda Moustakis, author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, will be this year’s guest judge for the 2019 Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest, which opens today, August 16, and runs through September 30. She and we will be on the lookout for the best, most compelling short fiction and nonfiction prose out there.

Melinda Moustakis was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and grew up in California. She is the author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award, the Maurice Prize, and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Granta, Kenyon Review, New England Review and elsewhere. Her story “They Find the Drowned” won an O. Henry Prize. She is the recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from The Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University, the NEA Literature Fellowship in Fiction, the Kenyon Review Fellowship at Kenyon College, the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship at George Washington University, and the Rona Jaffe Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. We’re honored to have her as our guest judge for this contest.

Submissions Open: August 16 - September 30

Award: $500 first place prize and publication in CutBank 92. Two runners-up will be awarded $50 and publication in CutBank 92. All other submissions will be considered with submissions for the print edition of CutBank

What We're Looking For: Interesting, compelling fiction and nonfiction prose in 750 words or fewer. Lyric essays, prose poems, short essays, vignettes - send us your best, most dazzling short form prose. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions will be accepted through the Submittable submission manager. Print or email submissions will not be considered. Please include a brief cover letter, biography and contact information in the form provided - please do not include identifying information in the body of your submission.

  • Submissions must be previously unpublished.

  • Simultaneous submissions are certainly welcome; however, please withdraw your CutBank submission immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.

  • Submissions should be double spaced, no more than 750 words.

  • Submission fee of $7 includes consideration for CutBank's $500 flash prose prize and publication in CutBank 92. Two runners-up will be awarded $50 and publication in CutBank 92. All other submissions will be considered with submissions for the print edition of CutBank Literary Magazine.

Check here for more details, and get that dazzling flash prose piece polished and into us as of today! We’re standing by eager to read it.