Winners of the Poetry Contest for 2018
The winning students performed their poems aloud to an audience of proud family members, teachers and others. These talented young writers received ribbons, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes (which most of them promptly spent on books). Special congratulations to Faith McDowell and Nicole Fratrich, who won three awards each this year. Faith has won every year since 2013, including the McGough in 2013. Congratulations also to Mara Myers, who won two awards. Several other students are repeat winners. For the full list, please click on the button on the left.
Flash Fiction 2018
LVW Invites Entries to
Fourteenth Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Once again Ligonier Valley Writers is holding a Flash Fiction Contest that awards cash prizes and charges NO entry fee. The deadline for submissions is the stroke of midnight on August 15, 2018.
As always, authors of the winning entries will be invited to read their stories aloud at various venues during the Halloween season. Winning stories will also be published at LVW’s website. Because these are Halloween stories, topics in past years have ranged from ghosts to dragons to spooky/scary places. This year's topic is Bigfoot, Littlefoot, and other cryptozoological creatures of indeterminate foot size. Let your imagination run wild. Flash fiction means that the story must be less than 1,000 words long. And please, no poetry.
We thank Ed Kelemen for his years of service and welcome Anita Staub as the new coordinator of the contest. After creating the contest and running it for 13 years, Ed has stepped down to spend more time on his own writing. For information on his books, visit www.ekelemen.com.
To save a few trees, please submit electronically. Paste your story into the body of an email and send it to Anita at email@example.com. Attachments will not be opened. The
subject line must read “Flash Fiction Entry.” Include a short bio (maximum 150
words) with your story. For detailed submission guidelines, click the button on the left.
The first prize winner will receive $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15. There will also be three honorable mentions, which will not receive cash prizes but will be published and read aloud with the other winners. The authors of all six winning entries will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in Ligonier Valley Writers. This permits them to attend
most LVW events free or at reduced prices.