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We're reading submissions for a new series of flash essays.

As opposed to flash fiction (short stories of 1000 words or less), we're looking for nonfiction of 1000 words or less. A flash essay might look like our usual Catapult essays—hybrids of memoir, cultural criticism, and/or reporting—or perhaps one, or none, of those forms. Given the limited word count, we're excited to read works that make use of efficient sentences, sharp description, and evocative scenes. We want potent punches of prose and color—a thousand words worth a thousand pictures. (Get it? As opposed to "a picture is worth a thousand words"?)

We are accepting completed drafts only; we want to read your prose, style, and voice, as opposed to an idea or a vision. Though Catapult is based in the United States, we also welcome pitches and submissions from those writing in different countries. We are accepting submissions until October 31, 11:59PM ET.

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