Ends on August 31, 2018$13.50

Introducing our new contest:


We’re happy to read about anything from How-I-Spent-My-Summer-Vacation to dream trips to hikes in the wilderness to space travel to luxury vacations to exploration gone awry.

Give us your (or your protagonist’s) personal take on what happened and why it matters. Because it’s flash, we’re limiting these pieces to 750 words. 


1. Less is more so make each word matter.

2. We prefer prose, more showing than telling, and writing that touches us. 

3. Leave out details that don’t help you tell the story.

4. Focus on what you saw, heard, or discovered and how it changed you more than scenery.

Please use the Submittable link in the tan box on the home page. In the cover letter, give us your contact information, including your e-mail address, and tell us whether your submission is fact or fiction. Use a readable font and size. We accept simultaneous submissions.



B. Lynn Goodwin will write a detailed response to every piece, telling what she loves and what trips her up.

She’s won awards for her last two books, owned Writer Advice for over 20 years, and has been giving detailed responses to contest submitters for over 10 years.

The judge who will help her determine the winners will be announced soon. 


In the hopes of getting early submissions, we’ll charge $13.50 in July and $15.50 in August. Money goes towards the prizes and contest expenses. The deadline is September 1, 2018.


First place: $150.

Second place: $75

Third place: $37.50

Honorable Mentions will also be listed.

Is it worth it? These people think so: 


“Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for this feedback. 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

“Thank you so much for your feedback! I really appreciate you taking the time to give me your thoughts. 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

“Thank you so much for your detailed feedback!! 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

“Thank you so much for your feedback, it always makes me feel inspired and motivated.” --Elizabeth Cockle

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

Submissions must come through Submittable. 

We prefer that you use .doc or .docx though we also accept .rtf

Questions? Use the contact box and we’ll get back to you asap.

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. --->

<a target = _blank href="https://writeradvice.submittable.com/submit"><img src="//manager.submittable.com/Public/Images/submittable-submit-button.png" alt="submit" border="0" /></a>

$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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