Written by Ella Peary

Aniko Press Flash Fiction Competition: Now Seeking Submissions

Aniko Press, based in Australia, is an independent publisher of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. They aim to showcase new voices and to promote emerging authors.

Right now through December 31, they’re accepting submissions for their Summer Flash Fiction Competition (it’s summer in Australia). The theme of the contest is “Delight.” The editors at Aniko Press encourage authors to interpret the theme broadly: “Be daring, be imaginative, have fun!”

Authors of flashes may submit up to two pieces to the contest, 100 words or fewer each. Submitting authors can expect a response by January 10, 2022.

The first prize and second prize winners will receive publication on Aniko Press’s website and social media, as well as a copy of Aniko Magazine issue 2. The first prize winner will also receive a copy of Killernova by Omar Musa.

They hold themed flash fiction contests regularly. So if you miss this deadline, check back for a future opportunity.

Aniko Press accepts submissions for the flash fiction competition via email (the subject line should read “Summer Flash Fiction Comp.”), not through an online submission manager or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

Aniko Press only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

Aniko Press also publishes a thoughtfully designed print and digital magazine. Although they are currently closed to submissions, you can check their website to find out when they’re open again. They publish fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and each themed issue contains ten to fifteen pieces. Authors contributing to the magazine (but not to the flash fiction contest) receive $125 (AUD).

If you’d like to learn more or submit to the Aniko Press Summer Flash Fiction Competition, please visit their website here.


Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.

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