The Blue Frog
What is The Blue Frog?
Born out of celebration for our first birthday, The Blue Frog is Flash Frog’s annual flash fiction prize. Each year the contest will feature a theme based on what type of stories we wish had seen more of in the queue in the past year. The Blue Frog awards a total of $700 in prize money as well as signed books and original art!
Contest submissions are open from January 1st – 31st.
Finalists are announced in mid February. Winners are announced in early March.
1st Place: $500, publication in Flash Frog, signed copy of the Guest Judge’s book, and the original painting that accompanies your story.
2nd Place: $150, publication in Flash Frog, signed copy of the Guest Judge’s book, and the original painting that accompanies your story.
3rd Place: $50, publication in Flash Frog, signed copy of the Guest Judge’s book, and the original painting that accompanies your story.
$5 per story.
How To Submit
Please read the rules above and then follow the simple 2-step process:
1. Please email your story as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org (use .doc, .docx, .rtf only).
— Use “CONTEST SUBMISSION: Your Story Title” as the subject.
— Include a 3rd person bio in the email but do not explain or set up your story.
— If the name on your payment might show up as a different name than your submission, please note that in the email.
2. Please pay $5 using the button below.
** We will send a confirmation email upon receipt of both submission and payment.
“Around the World”
We want to take our readers on a trip around the world! We want to see stories that take place in countries other than the United States and/or stories that incorporate cultures (food, music, traditions, etc.) other than what is typically experienced in the U.S. regardless of where they take place. Like many themed contests, we are open to and welcome your interpretation. We want this to be inspiring, not limiting.
2022 Guest Judge
Tara Isabel Zambrano
Tara Isabel Zambrano is a writer of color and the author of Death, Desire And Other Destinations, a full-length flash collection by Okay Donkey Press. Her work has won the first prize in The Southampton Review Short Short Fiction Contest 2019, a second prize in Bath Flash Award 2020, been a Finalist in Bat City Review 2018 Short Prose Contest and Mid-American Review Fineline 2018 Contest. Her flash fiction has been published in The Best Small Fictions 2019, The Best Micro Fiction 2019, 2020 Anthology. During the day, Tara designs semiconductor circuits. She lives in Texas and is the Fiction Editor for Waxwing Literary Journal.
2022 Guest Artist
Rob Kaniuk is a union carpenter in the city of Philadelphia. He started painting in 2020 as a way to pass time during lockdown. His art has been in Hobart, Let’s Stab Ceasar, Flash Frog, and shown here and there at Deep Space Gallery in Jersey City, NJ. You can find some his work at https://etsy.me/3nXQekl.