The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest

The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest is now closed.

Winners will be announced on March 15th.  The Magpie Award for Poetry opens 1 March 2020.

Short fiction up to 750 words.

Is your shortest fiction soft and appealing with a hidden sting?  Send us your short, sweet, and sassy fiction for a chance to win $300 and publication in Pulp Literature.  Get an editorial critique for only $20 more.  Judged by flash fiction master Bob Thurber,  winner of numerous awards and author of the novel Paperboy.

Contest opens:  1 January 2020
Deadline:  15  February 2020
Winner notified:  15 March 2020
Winner published in:  Issue 27, Summer 2020
Prize:  $300

Judge: Bob Thurber  

Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 bumblebee1January): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.
Editorial critique: $20

This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 750 words in length.  Total entries limited to 300.

Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $20 more.  Critiques are sent out after the judging is over.

Submission Guidelines

Use the paypal button below to add your payment to the shopping cart on the sidebar.  If you are submitting multiple stories you can pay for them together by altering the quantities in your shopping cart.  If you would prefer to pay via e-transfer contact us at pulpliteraturepress(at)

Entry Fee

Editorial Critique 

Once you have paid the entry fee, fill in the entry form with your information and transaction ID.  Then upload your story to our entry form in Word .doc or .docx format.

Entry Form

Thank you for your entry!  Editorial feedback, if requested will be sent after the contest winners are announced.  Digital subscriptions are sent out when the contest closes.

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Pulp Literature Press reserves the right to refuse entries that do not adhere to contest guidelines.  If fewer than 25 entries that meet guidelines are received, contests may be cancelled and entrants refunded.