Journal of Writing & Environment

Deadline Extended-April 5th Sweet Corn Short Fiction Contest

UPDATE: The deadline for Flyway’s Sweet Corn short fiction contest has been extended to  April 5.

“Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn.”  — Garrison Keillor

Flyway is pleased to announce its annual Sweet Corn Short Fiction Contest!

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This year our guest judge is Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon and My American Unhappiness. 

The Sweet Corn Short fiction contests celebrates fiction about the environment. We interpret “the environment” broadly here and encourage work that surprises us with your interpretation of the word. We’re looking for fiction that focuses on place, environmental issues, the urban environment, or perhaps characters or circumstances that exist solidly in other disciplines–anthropology, biology, physics or philosophy, for instance. We’re really just looking for a brilliant story. Challenge our conceptions of the environment and environmentally driven work. Above all, surprise us!

This contest is open to all styles and genres of fiction, as long as it shocks, moves or affects the reader.

5,000 word maximum per entry. Writers may submit more than one work, but each submission should be accompanied with a submission fee.


Deadline: Submit online by midnight on April 5th.

Reading fee: $12 (submission only) or $15 (submission + back issue)

Prizes: Winner: $500 +organic Iowa Sweet Corn from local farmer Gary Guthrie (shipped during sweet corn season to the contiguous 48 US states)+ publication in Flyway; Runner Up: $50 + publication in Flyway

Winners will be announced by May 15, 2014!

Check out last year’s winning entry by Kimberly Jean Smith and the runner-up by Catherine Torres.

3 responses to “Deadline Extended-April 5th Sweet Corn Short Fiction Contest”

  1. […] And in other news, I just wanted to put some great information out there for all of the writerly folks: the wonderful literary journal Flyway is in the midst of its annual Sweet Corn Fiction contest. It has a pretty low fee and a wonderful prize of $500 AND organic Iowa sweet corn. Noms! The judge this year is an author I’ve mentioned on here before as amazing: Dean Bakopoulos. So definitely, if you’re a writer or know someone who is, check out the contest info here. […]

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