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Flash Fiction Guidelines 2018

Contest Rules


2018 Flash Fiction Contest Rules

Ligonier Valley Writers invites submissions to its fourteenth annual Flash Fiction Contest.  Submissions will be accepted electronically between now and August 15, 2018.

We are pleased to announce that, for the fourteenth year in a row, there will be no entry fee for this contest.  The author of the first-prize story will win $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15.  Three Honorable Mentions will also be awarded.  They will not receive cash prizes but will be published and read aloud with the other winners.  The authors of all six winning entries will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in Ligonier Valley Writers, valued at $30.

Winning entries will be read at various venues during the Halloween season of 2018.  Winning writers will be invited to read their stories at those locations.  Winning entries will also be published on the Ligonier Valley Writers website.

This year's topic is Bigfoot, Littlefoot, and other cryptozoological creatures of indeterminate foot size.  In 1,000 or fewer words, tell us a story.  And please, no poetry.

1.  Paste your story into the body of an email and send it to Anita Staub, contest coordinator, at anitagrillo@live.com.  Do not send it as an attachment.  Attachments will not be opened.  The subject line of your entry must include the words “Flash Fiction Entry.”

2.  The body of the email should also include a short author bio, no more than 150 words, after your story.

3.  Include your complete contact info: your name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

4.  Include the following permission statement after your story:
    “I hereby grant Ligonier Valley Writers permission to read my story [insert title of your story here], at various venues during the Halloween season of 2018 and a one-time right to publish the story at www.LVWonline.org.  All rights revert to me six months after my story is published."



Your submission will be acknowledged by email from LVW within 10 days.  If you do not receive acknowledgment of your submission, please email either anitagrillo@live.com or jgallagher@lvwonline.org to let us know.

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