Themes are chosen by Patrons at the end of the month and announced to Patrons on the 1st of each month. Find this month's theme at www.patreon.com/apexbookcompany. Stories that do not meet the theme will be rejected. Submissions will be open to the public on the 7th of each month. Submissions close on the last day of the month at midnight.
Submissions should be in Shunn Manuscript Format and attached as .doc/.docx/.rtf/.odt files. Please note that submissions sent before the first of the month, longer than 1000 words, or in formats other than those listed above will be deleted unread.
The winner will be announced no later than the 15th of the following month and will be paid $0.08/word or $10, whichever is more. Submissions are taken for publication in the following month - the January contest will take submissions in December, etc. The winning story will appear on our Patreon as an exclusive and will be included in the forthcoming issue of Apex Magazine. For example, the October and November Flash Fiction Winners will be published in the January 2023 Issue of Apex Magazine.