Flash 405, February 2024: “Host”

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Exposition Review

Call For Submissions

Our February 2024 Flash 405 Contest will be judged by Sam Burt.

The Theme: Host

From Sam:

“A host might be many things. The presenter of a radio show or beauty pageant. A geographical entity. A biological organism harbouring another—parasitical?—lifeform. The person who owns the home you’re standing in. But at its core, to host is to hold, to accommodate, to make space for, to include.

I’m excited to read stories that explore what it means to be a good host—or a bad one. Who makes the rules, and what are the consequences if they’re broken? What happens when the expectations of a host and their guest are misaligned? How does the act of hosting alter the host, and the hosted? Does hosting imply displacement—is it about exclusion as well as inclusion—and if so, what gets lost along the way?”

The Guidelines

  • Fiction. A complete story, up to 405 words (get it?).
  • Nonfiction. A complete story, up to 405 words.
  • Poetry. One poem, up to 5 lines (including prose poems).
  • Stage & Screen. A complete scene, up to 4 pages. Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format.
  • Experimental. A complete short-form narrative utilizing innovative techniques and/or hybrid forms. Consider the spirit of flash as well as the limits of other categories for length guidelines.

The Prizes

The winners will all receive publication on the website. Our first and second place winners will also receive a cash prize, but here’s the fun part—there’s no limit to how much you could win. The more entries we receive, the larger the prize! Here’s a breakdown:

  • 1st prize: Online publication + 40% of all entry fees.
  • 2nd prize: Online publication + 20% of all entry fees.
  • Honorable Mention: Online publication.

Submission Period
February 4, 2024 - March 5, 2024

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Annlee Ellingson
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