Can’t get enough science fiction, fantasy, and feminism? Check out our quarterly flash fiction contest! Topics will be released quarterly and submissions will be judged by our current F-BOM author partner.

Check out the submission guidelines and contest rules below to enter. More of a reader? Winners will be posted in our blog!


Winter Contest (February 2019)

Guest Judge: A.H. Wang

Topic: Across Time

Contest Opens: NOW!

Closed for Submissions: EXTENDED 11:59PM on Wednesday, March 20th

Prizes: Publication on the F-BOM blog, and one month free membership to F-BOM, plus a basket of gifts from small book-related businesses.

Spring Contest (May 2019)

Guest Judge: Revealed April 1st, 2018

Topic: Revealed May 17th

Contest Opens: May 17th

Closed for Submissions: 11:59PM on Friday, June 14th

Prizes: ???????


Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines

  1. This is a FLASH fiction contest, so entries must be under 100 words. Entries over 100 words will be rejected.
  2. The contest is open to any gender, not just those who identify as women.
  3. Entries should be well-edited, formatted properly, and take the topic into consideration. Only entries that conform to submission requirements will be sent along to our guest judges.
  4. Submissions may be sent pasted into the body of an email. Please include the title of your work, your real name, and the name you would like published along with your story. Send entries to submissions at f-bom dot com
  5. Winning stories will be published on F-BOM’s blog, Her Story Arc. Please note in your email submission if you would prefer your story not be published, or if you would not like your real name to be included.
  6. All decisions made by judges are final.
  7. By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules.
  8. Contest rules are subject to change.


Past Contests

Inaugural contest (September 2017)

Guest Judge: LJ Cohen

Topic: Space Opera

Congratulations to our winners, Lynn Vandermeer and RJ Rugroden! Read their stories here!

Fall 2017 Contest

Guest Judge: Intisar Khanani

Topic: Magic Always Has A Price

Congratulations to our winners, Shira Hereld and Laura VanArendonk Baugh! Read their stories here.

Winter 2018 Contest

Guest Judge: Sharolyn G. Brown

Topic: In Dreams

Congratulations to our winners, Amelia Light and G-SHARP! Read their stories here.

Spring 2018 Contest

Guest Judge: C.A. Hartman

Topic: Someone is Watching

Congratulations to our winners, Agajem Jemima Japhet and Kate Bitters! Read their stories here.

Summer 2018 Contest 

Guest Judge: Fiona J. R. Titchenell

Topic: Lead Astray

Congratulations to our winners, Catriona Huber and RJ Rugroden! Read their stories here.

Fall 2018 Contest 

Guest Judge: Chrysoula Tzavelas

Topic: Darkness Spreads

Congratulations to our winners, Courtney B., Esme Godfrey, and Kimberly Kaufman! Read their stories here.