$2.00 USD

For the IHLR NewsFlash, we seek brief essays, stories, or poems that respond to immediate current events. We will not publish work that supports hate or racism, that disrespects science or journalism, or promotes falsehoods and/or bigotry. Prose should be no longer than 800 words; poetry should be no longer than 25 lines.


We will receive only 20 submissions per week in this category, but will read them year-round--because the world never rests, even if our office is closed. The submission gate for NewsFlash opens every Monday morning at 10 a.m. CST, and closes as soon as we hit submission twenty. We'll reopen the gates the following Monday.


We will accept the best ones. Maybe 20 in some weeks, but maybe none in others--though we're hoping to accept at least two a week. 


We do not pay for every manuscript we publish as part of our NewsFlash series--the series will move too quickly, and the payment process is so laborious--but we will select the best one we publish in a year's time and award that writer $200.