LVW Invites Entries to Sixteenth Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Once again we are

holding a Flash Fiction Contest that awards

cash prizes and

charges NO entry fee.

Submissions will be accepted at the stroke

of midnight must be received by the stroke

of midnight on

August 15, 2020.

Because these are Halloween stories, topics in past years have ranged from ghosts to dragons to spooky/scary places. This year's topic is snakes and other reptiles. Let your imagination run wild. Flash fiction means that the story must be less than 1,000 words long. And please, no poetry.

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. All six winning stories will be edited by a professional editor. 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.

This year the contest has a new twist: a celebrity author as final judge. Damian Dressick, a much-published author of flash and other fiction, has agreed to lend his expertise to selecting the best stories. Damian's stories have appeared in more than  fifty literary journals and anthologies, including W.W. Norton’s New Microfailbetter.com, New Orleans Review, Cutbank, New World Writing, Smokelong Quarterly, Vestal Review, and Barcelona Review

Damian has won the Harriette Arnow Award and the Jesse Stuart Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 Katherine Anne Porter Prize. A Blue Mountain Residency Fellow, Damian holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He teaches in western Pennsylvania. For more information, check out www.damiandressick.com.

Winning stories will also be published here. We hope to be able to invite  authors of the winning entries to read their stories aloud at various venues during the Halloween season.