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Area code 704 is our home for West Trade Review(the Charlotte Metro area), but our contest is open to anyone.

Send  us a flash piece of up to 704 words that will engage us intellectually  that also packs an emotional punch and has something important to teach  us about what it means to be a human being.

For a model story, see Jessica Denzer's "The Silence" from our Spring 2022 print edition. It was selected for Best Small Fictions 2023 (Alternating Current Press).

 The  contest is open from June 1, 2024 - August 1, 2024. Entry fee is $7.04   for each individual flash fiction story (one story per entry), with no  limit per writer. Each  writer who submits will be entered into a weekly drawing to receive  either personalized feedback on a piece of writing of their choice  (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction; prose up to 6000 words or up  to 5 poems) or a copy of our Spring 2024 edition.

Weekly drawing winners will be announced on our social media platforms.


  • This contest is open to emerging writers only who have not yet published a book with a print run over 1,500.
  • Only previously unpublished flash stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible. 
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One story per submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or work published in West Trade Review is ineligible.
  • Please withdraw your submission and notify West Trade Review if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with West Trade Review can enter the contest.


  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on August 1, 2024. Submissions open June 1, 2024.
  • Entry  fee is $7.04 for each individual story of no more than 704 words (one  story per entry), with no limit per author, and each entrant is entered  into a weekly drawing. The weekly winner receives their choice of  personalized feedback on a piece of writing (prose up to 6000 words or  up to 5 poems) or a copy of our Spring 2024 print edition.
  • Submission is one original flash fiction story of no more than 704 words.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Please submit one story per entry in a single Microsoft Word file and list the title of your story as the submission title.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12 point font size.
  • Do not include a cover page. Include your title with your story.
  • Please  do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry.  Entries are judged anonymously; the judge will only consider story  quality.
  • Please  take the judge of the contest into consideration. If you know her  personally, or have ever attended classes or workshops she has  instructed, please use manuscripts that she would not have seen before.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging.

​Entries that do no meet guidelines or eligibility requirements will not be considered.

$704 and publication in West Trade Review will be awarded to the winning story.

The  winning story chosen by our judge will be announced on our website and social media  platforms in late August 2024 and then published in the Spring 2025  print issue of West Trade Review.

Other entries of merit may be considered for publication.

This year's contest judge is Elizabeth Gonzalez James.

Elizabeth Gonzalez James is a screenwriter and author of the novels, Mona at Sea and The Bullet Swallower, as well as the chapbook, Five Conversations About Peter Sellers. She teaches fiction writing at Grub Street. Originally from South Texas, Elizabeth now lives with her family in Massachusetts.

You can find her on Instagram: @unefemmejames

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