Ends on November 30, 2018

$10.00 USD

Sweet is thrilled to announce its second annual Flash Essay Contest. Broadly speaking, we appreciate a close attention to language and a quirky sense of humor, and you can always read published essays in previous Sweet issues on our website. We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions Open: March 1st, 2018 - November 30th, 2018

Award: The Flash Essay Contest winner will receive $500, publication in Sweet, and 20 copies of their essay bound into a hand-stitched chapbook. All other entries will be considered for regular publication in Sweet


  • Submissions should be between 500 - 1,000 words and double-spaced
  • Please remove all identifying information from your manuscript
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome; however, please withdraw your entry immediately via Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere
  • The contest entry fee is $10, and all submissions will also be considered for regular publication. 

The CLMP Code of Ethics: CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.