Flash fiction is a complete short short story sometimes called sudden fiction or microfiction. A flash fiction contest is a fun way to challenge yourself to write within the time and word limit. I have been practicing spontaneous writing with a fabulous group of women in our Inspiring Writing Group, which really helps me write more quickly.
I recently discovered the Flash Fiction genre through WOW! Women On Writing Flash Fiction contest. I have three days to write a story for their contest. Whether I make the deadline or not, I will post a flash fiction story on my blog. It will be good practice. The WOW! Women On Writing Flash Fiction contest requires 250 – 750 words and a small entry fee. The author retains the copyright and can publish the story anywhere they would like.
After a Google search, I found many other Flash Fiction contests. Some have a fee while others are free to enter. It’s important to read the submission guidelines for the contest you want to enter. For an added fee you may be able to get a critique with your submission.
I’m not sure if I will make the August 31st deadline for the WOW! Women On Writing Flash Fiction contest, but it will be fun to write a short story and enter a short story contest. It’s a great motivation and challenge to write something short, creative, and meet a deadline. There are also Flash Nonfiction contests. Here are just a few of the Flash Fiction contests I ran across with a quick search. You are welcome to send links to other Flash Fiction contests.
The Timberline Review (a publication of Willamette Writers) Theme based flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt.
Wow Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest
Brilliant Flash Fiction
Why you should not quickly write a Flash Fiction story with links to contests
Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Contest – yearly
Bath Flash Fiction Contest - UK
I submitted my Flash Fiction story on time to the Wow Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest. It was so fun to write a very short story with an open prompt––write about anything. I will have to do this again!
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.