NOWW's 3rd Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Closed as of September 25th.
Can you pack a whole story into just a few paragraphs? Of course you can!
The NOWW Flash Fiction Contest is now accepting short-short story entries of 500 words max. Quick and to the point.
The top three stories will earn cash prizes ($75/$50/$25) and publication in our blog this fall.
Two members of the NOWW board will judge the contest.
What is Flash Fiction?
Flash fiction stories are, well, short. Sometimes called “micro-stories”, “postcard stories” (if a postcard is part of the contest) or “short-short stories”, flash fiction challenges the writer to fit a complete story into very few words. While there isn’t a paint-by-numbers formula for flash fiction, there is a certain art to it. It’s not about trying to squeeze a 3,000-word story into 500 words.
Here are a few links to help you get a better idea of the craft—and to get the creative juices flowing:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/14/how-to-write-flash-fiction (Another how-to written by David Gaffney)
https://www.masterclass.com/articles/writing-101-what-is-flash-fiction-learn-how-to-write-flash-fiction-in-7-steps (This article actually lists only six steps – perhaps to prove the point?)
http://flashfictiononline.com/main/ (Example pieces)
NOWW’s Flash Fiction Contest is a great way to challenge yourself and get the creative juices flowing.
By the way, this blog post is 446 words, so you have a little more room than this to write your beginning, middle, and end. Think you can do it? Let’s find out! Start writing today!
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