Sun 8 Feb 2015
The String-of-10 contest runs from February 8, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST to February 15, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST. The winning entry will be the best 250 (or fewer)-word story written from a randomly selected string of ten words.
NOTE: Stories are read blind. Do not include your name with the story.
I am pleased to announce that this year’s Guest Judge will be Meg Tuite. Meg’s writing has appeared in over 300 journals including Berkeley Fiction Review, Epiphany, Superstition Review, JMWW, One, the Journal, Prick of the Spindle, Monkeybicycle and Boston Literary Magazine. She has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist in the Glimmer Train short story writer’s contest twice.
GUIDELINES (Please read carefully)
The contest is open for eight days only. Anyone may enter. All entries must be in English and submitted through our Submission Manager. Our regular daily prompts will be suspended during the length of the contest.
- The prompt for String-of-10 SEVEN will be available at 12:01 A.M. on Sunday, February 8, 2015, here at FFC.
- There is no entry fee.
- Submit stories up to 250 words. The title is not counted in the 250 words.
- Submit only one story per author.
- All stories must contain a minimum of four words from the String-of-10.
- You can use any tense of the words and any recognizable form. For example, if the word is “jar,” “jarring” and “jar-like” qualify, while “jargon” does not.
- You can use a prompt word in the title.
- Seamless integration of any four of the prompt words is the goal.
- The quotation is given for thematic inspiration but is not required to be part of the story.
- As we have done for the past three contests, we will give out a special prize, The Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize, for the story that best incorporates the theme. Any submitted story is eligible for this prize, including the first, second, and third place winners.
- Entries must be received by 11:59 P.M. PST Sunday, February 15, 2015.
- All decisions made by the FFC staff and our guest judge are final.
2/08 Contest begins
2/15 Last day for submissions
3/15 Winners announced
4/02 Interview with Meg Tuite posted at FFC
4/07 Winning story posted at EDF / Author interview posted at FFC
4/09 Second place story and interview published at FFC
4/14 Third place story and interview published at FFC
4/16 Patricia McFarland winning story and interview published at FFC
(With the exception of the submission dates, the schedule may change without notice.)
STRING-OF-10 SEVEN FLASH FICTION CONTEST PRIZES
1st Place: Winner will have his or her story published at Every Day Fiction and be paid the standard payment of $3.00. In addition, the winner will receive a $50 Cash Prize from Flash Fiction Chronicles, a choice from Every Day Publishing’s Book List, a copy of a book written by Guest Judge Meg Tuite, and a copy of What Came Before by Gay Degani, Managing Editor Emeritus of Flash Fiction Chronicles.
2nd Place: Winner will have his or her story published at Flash Fiction Chronicles in April. (There is no payment for publication at Flash Fiction Chronicles). A $20.00 cash prize will be awarded as well as a copy of a book written by Guest Judge Meg Tuite and What Came Before by Gay Degani.
3rd Place: Winner will have his or her story published at Flash Fiction Chronicles in April. (There is no payment for publication at Flash Fiction Chronicles.) A $20.00 cash prize will be awarded as well as a copy of What Came Before by Gay Degani.
The Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize: Winner will have his or her story published at Flash Fiction Chronicles in April (there is no payment for publication at Flash Fiction Chronicles) and will receive a cash prize of $25.00
STRING-OF-10 SEVEN PROMPT
We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.
We wish you all good writing and good luck.
Flash Fiction Chronicles