We have a contest!

We are thrilled to announce that we're partnering with the excellent Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL), a literary nonprofit located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to host our 2015 Flash Fiction Contest!  

To be judged by author Phillip Sterling (more on him below), we'll be looking for pieces of 500 words or less that pop, just like usual. Here's some deets:

Submission Period:  August 1 – September 30, 2015
Announcement of Winners:   Friday, October 30, 2015  
Prizes:  $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place. The three award winners, along with three honorable mention entries, will be published with CHEAP POP.

You can read all the guidelines for the contest here. When subs ARE open, you'll be able to submit through GLCL's website.


Phillip Sterling’s most recent book is In Which Brief Stories Are Told, a collection of short fiction (Wayne State University Press). He is also the author of the poetry collection Mutual Shores and three chapbook-length series of poems (Significant OthersQuatrains, and Abeyance) and editor of Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange.  Among his awards are an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Fulbright Lectureships (Belgium and Poland), a P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Award, and a number of Pushcart Prize nominations (for poetry and nonfiction prose).  Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University, where he founded and coordinated the Literature in Person (LIP) Reading Series, Sterling spent much of August 2014 on Isle Royale, as part of the National Park Service artist-in-residency program.  He currently lives in Lowell, Michigan.