by Jim Harrington
FFC’s annual String-of-10 Contest begins Sunday, February 8, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends on Sunday, February 15, 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.
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.
She is fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press, author of Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, Disparate Pathos (2012) Monkey Puzzle Press, Reverberations (2012) Deadly Chaps Press, Bound By Blue (2013) Sententia Books, Her Skin is a Costume (2013) Red Bird Chapbooks. She won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry Award from Artistically Declined Press for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging, (2014), written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale. She teaches at the Santa Fe Community College, lives in Santa Fe with her husband and menagerie of animals. [from Meg’s website – http://megtuite.com/]
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 complete guidelines will be published with the prompt on February 8.
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 Award 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
Multiple prizes will be awarded for each place, including free books, publication and $50 for first place, free books, publication and $20 for second place, publication and $20 for third place, and publication and $25 for the Patricia McFarland Prize winner. The complete list of prizes will be included with the official announcement.
Below are the winning stories from the last two contests to give you an idea of what we like.
Winning stories from String-of-10 SIX
Winning stories from String-of-10 FIVE
1st Place—After the Tsunami by Linda Simoni-Wastila
2nd Place—A Gauze, A Medical Dressing, A Scrim by Robert Vaughan
3rd Place—Before the Fireworks by Folly Blaine
Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize—Jump by Stephen Ramey