Flash Fiction 2014
you use $50, $25, or $15 extra cash in your pocket?
course you can!
scary (or not so scary) story for moolah, cash, coin of the realm!
Ligonier Valley Writers wants wordsmiths and scribes to enthrall us
with short short stories for its annual Flash Fiction
Ed Kelemen, contest chair, set the deadline for the contest at the
stroke of midnight on August 15, 2014, when the last grain of the
hourglass trickles away. You've got more than two months to craft
your prize-winning story. So dip your quill in blood and get started.
Ligonier Valley Writers, knowing the lack of cash in most writers'
wallets, is pleased to announce that there will be NO ENTRY FEE
for this contest.
OK, here are the details:
This year's topic is
Cemeteries, Asylums, Mausoleums, Haunted Houses, and any other
spooky, creepy, or weird place your imagination can devise. It's all
about location, location, location!
Flash fiction means
that the story must be less than 1,000 words long. And please, no
Let's save a few trees
and submit electronically. Please place your story in the body of an
email and send it to Ed Kelemen, email@example.com.
Do not send it as an attachment. Attachments will not be
opened. The subject line of your entry must read “Flash
Fiction Entry.” Otherwise, it will be sent to the trash folder
Include a short bio,
no more than 150 words, with your story.
Include the following
statement with your entry:
“I, (Your Name) , hereby give the Ligonier Valley
Writers the right to read my story titled “(-------------------)”
at various venues during the Halloween season of 2014, and a one-time
right to publish the story online at this site.
The rights revert to me six months after the story is published.”
Include your name, address and contact information.
Winning entries will
be read at various places during the Halloween season of 2014.
Winning writers will be invited to read their stories at those
Winning entries will
also be published on the Ligonier Valley Writers website.
Now, for the part
you've been waiting for. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
First Prize - $50
Second Prize - $25
Third Prize - $15
There will also be Three Honorable Mentions.
All winning entries, including honorable mentions, will also receive
a one-year complimentary membership in Ligonier Valley Writers, which
permits them to attend most LVW events free or at reduced prices.
Flash Fiction 2012 Winners
This year brought another international group of contestants to Ligonier Valley Writers’ annual Flash Fiction Contest. Entries came from all over the United States, including California, Alaska, New York, Florida, New York, and of course Pennsylvania. Entries also arrived from Canada, Indonesia, France, and Romania.
The entrants ranged in age from eight-year-olds to a great-grandmother in her eighties. Entries started arriving the day after the contest was announced. The last entry was received at 11:50 p.m. on August 14, with a full ten minutes to spare before the midnight deadline. The judging was difficult because we received so many well-written entries with such diverse takes on the subject of dragons.
One-third of the entrants were repeaters. That is, they were writers who have partaken in LVW's prior Flash Fiction Contests. Of the winning writers, two-thirds were repeaters. Some had entered four or five previous LVW Flash Fiction Contests, proving that old but not worn-out cliché: Winners never quit.
First Place: “Best Wings in the Burgh” by Jim Busch
Second Place: “Home Alert Dragons” by John A. Frochio
Third Place: “Gift of the Magi(cian)” by Kirk Baker
“Connor's Dragon” by R. F. Marazas
“The Dragon Coin” by Barbara Purbaugh
“Feeding Time” by Chris Sandusky
The winning stories will be read at Red Barn Books starting at 1:00 on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The bookstore is at 203 Old Route 30 in Greensburg, PA 15601. Complete directions to the store are at www.redbarnbooks.com. Authors who can attend are invited to read their stories to the audience.
After the readings, two free mini-workshops will be held: “How to Lose a Writing Contest” (taught by Ed Kelemen, organizer of the Flash Fiction Contest), and “How Not to Get Published” (taught by Mary Ann Mogus). Both authors will also be signing their books: The Haunted Foothills; Shadow Hands; and The Lethe Gene.
The event is free and open to the public. Food and prizes will be provided.
Flash Fiction 2012 Winners
Flash Fiction 2011 Winners
The judging for this year's Flash Fiction Contest was challenging due to the sheer number of entries. Short-short stories were received from all over the United States and as far away as India. First prize earned $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15. Additionally, three stories were awarded honorable mentions. Those authors will each receive $10 gift certificates donated by Red Barn Books.
First Place: “A Venomous Plan” by Ciel Kessler of Greensburg, PA
Second Place: “Buried Treasure” by Naomi Bergner of Cocoa, FL
Third Place: “Bullet 25” by Bill Kemp of Penn Hills, PA
"Grave Robbers” by Chris Sandusky of North Olmsted, OH
“Old Legends Never Die” by Mary Ann Back of Mason, OH
“Missing and Presumed Dead” by Barbara Purbaugh of Somerset, PA
For more information about the Flash Fiction Contest and readings, contact Ed Kelemen at (724) 235-9399 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This year, in honor of LVW’s 25th anniversary, each story had to be set in a cemetery or other burial place and each had to include the words twenty-five, anniversary, and silver somewhere in the story.
If you have suggestions for the theme of next year's contest, drop Ed a line. Previous themes have included ghosts, vampires, and zombies.
Flash Fiction 2010 Winners
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Writers' Flash Fiction Contest 2010
Place: "Witch Is Best" by April Serock of Masontown, PA.
Place: "Snap" by Ronald Murphy of Indiana, PA
Place: "Duplicity" by Colleen Reynolds of Trafford, PA
Honorable Mention: "New Neighbors" by Joe F. Stierheim of
Honorable Mention: "Twisted Trail" by Alicia Stankay of
Honorable Mention: "Leatherleaf" by Marcia A. Sherman of
year's Halloween-themed topic was Witches, Warlocks, and Wizards. The
contest included dozens of entries from all of the United States and
Europe. The first-place winner receives a cash prize of $50, second place $25, and third place $15. All winners also receive a
complimentary one-year membership in the Ligonier Valley Writers. In
addition, all winning entries will be published at www.LVWonline.org.
though the judging was done using a triple-blind system, five of the
six winners were from western Pennsylvania this year. I guess it
says something about the quality of writers we have around here,"
said Ed Kelemen, the contest organizer. "Congratulations to all
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