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Submission period: January 6th - February 6th, 2022

Theme: fatal flaw

Since our inception nearly two years ago, Fatal Flaw has sought out unexpected writing that considers the world through a cracked lens. Now, to mark two years of extraordinary prose, poetry, visual art and photography, we want to celebrate and examine our namesake. What is a fatal flaw, anyway? Is it reserved for the fates of tragic heroes, or can the term be attributed to smaller flaws, quieter downfalls?

The fatal flaw is a concept that pervades storytelling, literary criticism, and popular culture – from Greek tragedies to the television series we binge. Whether art imitates life or vice versa, the notion of a fatal flaw creeps into our lives and the societies we live in, too. Will my everyday vices bring about my ruin? Do I lose because I’m too nice? Will humans kick fossil fuels and dismantle systems of oppression before the planet burns? 

The inaugural Fatal Flaw Flash Fiction Contest (say that five times fast; god, we love alliteration) invites entries of 1,000 words or fewer on the theme that inspired our very creation. Like all literary conventions, the fatal flaw begs to be toyed with, subverted, and reimagined. So send us your interpretations, your experimentations. We can't wait to experience your fatally flawless flash.




cheryl pappas

Cheryl Pappas is an American writer living outside Boston. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Juked, The Chattahoochee Review, HAD, and elsewhere. She is the author of the flash fiction collection, The Clarity of Hunger, published by word west press (2021).

For more information about Cheryl, visit her website.

Read about and order her collection The Clarity of Hunger.



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