2015 Flash Fiction Contest
you use $50, $25, or $15 extra cash in your pocket?
course you can!
Write a scary (or not so scary)
story for moolah, cash, coin of the realm!
Valley Writers wants wordsmiths and scribes to enthrall us with short
short stories for its
annual Flash Fiction Contest.
Kelemen, contest chair set the deadline for the contest at the stroke
of midnight on August 15, 2015 when
the last grain of the hourglass trickles away. You've got more than
2 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:
year's topic is IT.
slinks under rocks,
IT lurks under a chair,
hides inside socks,
IT gives us a scare
thumps, IT bumps,
IT wears lousy wigs.
pumps, IT thumps,
IT eats like a pig.
big, IT's small
IT's at the end of the Hall
quiet, IT's loud,
IT'll provide you a shroud.
is IT? I dunno - IT lives in YOUR imagination.
In 1,000 words or less tell us about
IT without giving it any name other than IT.
fiction means that the story must be less than 1,000 words long. And
please, no poetry. You
can see from my meager attempt at the art that I am incapable of
writing it, so why would you think I can judge it?
save a few trees and submit electronically. Please place your story
in the body of an email and send it
Ed Kelemen at email@example.com.
Do not send
an attachment. Attachments will not be opened. The subject line of
your entry must read
IT will be sent to the trash folder unopened.
Include a short bio, no more than 150
words, with your story.
Include the following statement with
hereby give the Ligonier Valley Writers the right to read my story
titled, “___________________________”, at various venues during
the Halloween season of 2015, and a one-time right to publish the
story on line at www.lvwonline.org.
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 2015. Winning writers
will be invited to read their stories at those locations.
Winning entries will also be published
on the Ligonier Valley Writers website.
Now, for the part you've been waiting
Prizes will be awarded as follow:
First Prize - $50
Second Prize - $25
Third Prize - $15
There will also be Three Honorable
winning entries, including honorable mentions will also receive a
one-year complimentary membership in the Ligonier Valley Writers.
Flash Fiction 2014 Winners
Ligonier Valley Writers Announces Winners of Ninth Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Once again, the Ligonier Valley Writers' Flash Fiction Contest was infused with international flavor. We received entries from as far away as France — not to mention entries from coast to coast of the United States and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
An overwhelming majority of the entries were from writers who have participated in previous Flash Fiction Contests, including half of the winning entries. In fact, for the first time, we have a repeat first-prize
Competition was intense, and the judging was difficult because we received so many well-written entries with such diverse takes on the subjects of cats, bats, and rats. The judges have judged, the points have been totaled, and now we are pleased to announce the winners!
FIRST PLACE: "'Ratical' Image Makeover," by Jim Busch of White Oak, PA
SECOND PLACE: "The Bat," by Ron Murphy of Indiana, PA
THIRD PLACE: "Mrs. Welford's Candy," by Ceil Kessler of Greensburg, PA
"Something Old, Something New," by Jan Kinney of Altoona, PA
"Lizzie's Blue Ribbon Borscht" by Georgia A. Hubley of Henderson, NV
"Pink Revenge," by Candace Kubinec of Greensburg, PA
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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