We hold four contests a year. Click on the Current or Latest Contest box on www.writeradvice.com for details. 

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WRITER ADVICE’S FLASH PROSE CONTEST

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

This is an opportunity to send out new or unpublished work you’re proud of—maybe a piece you’ve reworked or a piece that has not yet found a home. Because it’s flash, we ask that you not go over 750 words. Not enough to make your story sing? Rather than trying to cut it, you may want to submit it elsewhere.

Successful flash often focuses on an important moment, incident, or discovery that impacted the author and may have a literal and a larger meaning. The ending may surprise the reader or may give her new perspective.

DEADLINE: Submit by September 2, 2022, using the Submittable link. Scroll down to find it.

JUDGES will be selected from previous prizewinners. You can read their pieces by clicking on Prior Winners (top right hand box on the home page).

PRIZES: Once again

  • First Place earns $150
  • Second Place earns $75
  • Third Place earns $40
  • Honorable Mentions will also be listed.

FEES: We’ll read and consider your submission for $5. The cost helps cover prizes and our time. If you’d like individualized feedback, we’d be happy to give it. We charge an additional $9, which means the total is $14 (US Currency).

FOR BEST RESULTS:

  1. Include your name, contact information, and title in the cover letter, but include only your title in the submission so it remains anonymous. Pleaseleave the header and footer blank.
  2. Since we judge these anonymously, you don’t need a cover letter that includes more than your contact information. If you are a finalist, we’ll ask for a bio.
  3. Please double-space your submission. We recommend that you use a 14-point font that is easy to read. Cambria, Ariel, and Verdana are all good. If you forget, we’ll fix it for you.
  4. You own the copyright. If we publish your work, the rights still belong to you, though we ask you not to resubmit until 90 days after it appears on Writer Advice and give us credit if it is published elsewhere.
  5. Simultaneous submissions accepted.
  6. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.
  7. We prefer unpublished work, though we do accept stand-alone excerpts from work seeking a publisher or agent.
  8. Please hit the contact button and ask questions if anything is unclear or missing. Thank you!

SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be submitted through Submittable, using the link towards the bottom of the page. Please scroll down and use the link below.

You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate submission fee. We charge $5 to read each submission without sending a response or  $14 apiece to send a detailed response for each submission. The contest opens on June 13th and closes on September 2, 2022. Please use the Submittable button below. It will work from June 13th to September 2.

Names of all winners will be announced on WriterAdvicewww.writeradvice.com in early October or—worst case later.

E-mail questions but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin through the contact button on the home page.

Tips for Success:

  1. Let readers care.
  2. Leave out details that don’t help you tell this story.
  3. Know why your story is unique. (If you don’t know, ask your characters.)
  4. We only need your contact information instead of a whole query letter, but if you want to send your query, we won’t stop you.
  5. NOTE: We had an excellent piece in the last contest that did not win an award because it was too long. The length matters! Following directions matters.
  6. We like double-spaced manuscripts with standard, one-inch margins.
  7. We prefer an easy-to-read font.
  8. Please use the Submittable box below. Manuscripts sent in other ways will not be read.

COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS CONTESTANTS:

“Thank you for your great advice. I appreciate it and will use it to improve my writing.”  –Shelley Malicote

“Your suggestions for improvement rock.”  –Shelley Stutchman

WriterAdvice.com is one of my all-time most reliable and accessible sites for writers. I use it—and recommend it to my clients.” ~Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi award-winning author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers (http://howtodoitfrugally.com), poetry and fiction

“I can’t tell you how many people I’ve told about the great feedback you give to folks no matter how many entries you get.”   –Bill Buschel

“It’s such a refreshing experience to have some exchange — as most submissions disappear into the either like rogue satellites.” –Charles Watts

“Your insights are excellent” –Dan Dubelman

“You are the first professional to offer feedback and your encouraging words have given me additional motivation!  It is reassuring to know that I was on the right track; you have a remarkable ability to give constructive feedback in a positive way (and you are absolutely correct). I look forward to submitting more stories and continuing to improve.” –Jamie Fouty

“I learned about this contest from the Submittable page. I then checked out your website and felt comfortable submitting my story as you seem like someone who genuinely wants to help and advise others.” –Roger Yetzer

“I’m always striving to improve my writing, and feedback from editors like you make it much easier to do so.”  –Margarite R. Stever

“Many thanks for your response, from it, I can tell you’re very good at what you do.” –Kisa, Visually Versed

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to read and analyze my work . . . It’s not every day a contest gives you comprehensive feedback instead of a simple yes/no!” –Lena Crown

“Thanks for the wonderful feedback, never, never, got that before in thirty years.” –Jenny Hickinbotham

We want to share your stories about your publishing journey and your writing life here. Write to entertain, to enlighten, and to advise (but not preach). Write to share your gratitude, amazement, and disbelief.

Share the good, the bad, and the silly, but don’t share them all in one submission. Think of a blog post or a short-short story. No epics.

No fiction here. These are real-life stories ranging from 250 to 750 words. Less is more. Make your point clearly and move on. 

Who knows what your experience might inspire?

New submissions will be added quarterly. Send through Submittable,  <!-- Link to the Writer Advice submission manager. --->

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$6 submission fee covers our time, possible editing, and the decision-making process.

You get a credit for your resume plus a brief bio and the satisfaction of sharing your experience Sorry that we do not have the income to pay you at this time.

 

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