The Golden Ox Flash/Micro Contest

Name: The Golden Ox Flash/Micro Contest
Category: Short story
Word count: submission should not exceed 1000 words
Entry fee: Free
Prize: 1st prize winner gets $50 and publication, 2nd prize winner gets $25 and publication
Closing date: June 1, 2021

OxMag (or more formally: Oxford Magazine) is a literary & arts magazine edited and published by creative writing MFA students at Miami University. Since its premiere in 1984, the magazine has received Pushcart Prizes for both fiction and poetry, and has published authors such as Charles Baxter, William Stafford, Robert Pinsky, Stephen Dixon, Helena Maria Viramontes, Andre Dubus, and Stuart Dybek.  Appearing bi-annually, OxMag is a web-based journal that accepts fiction, poetry, new media, and creative nonfiction/essays.  

Please submit a flash fiction story or micro creative nonfiction essay of fewer than 1,000 words on the theme of biota regret.You do not have to use these words in your piece, but your piece should be in conversation with this theme. Show the judges the flora and fauna of a special region and make them feel some regret.

Please specify in your cover letter whether your piece is fiction or nonfiction.


  • First Place Winner receives a $50 prize and publication
  • Second Place Winner receives a $25 prize and publication
  • Third Place Winner receives publication

Submission guidelines

  • Make sure to write a brief bio in the space marked by Submittable as “Cover Letter.” 
  • They accept submissions through Submittable only. They no longer accept email submissions.
  • Please only send one submission per reading period. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as you remember to withdraw your submission via Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Their response time varies. They make every effort to accept or decline all submissions within four to six months. It could take longer, but hopefully not. If you didn’t get a response and it’s past the response time, drop a gentle nudge to [email protected].
  • They do not accept previously published works.
  • OxMag acquires first North American serial rights, one-time anthology rights, and online serial rights

To submit your short stories, visit this link: The Golden Ox Flash/Micro Contest

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