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$500 Flash Fiction Contest
« on: May 05, 2009, 05:51:11 AM »
The e-book publishing service Smashwords in association with Editor Unleashed is running a flash-fiction writing contest for stories of up to 1000 words.

There's a top prize of $500 for the winner, plus 39 runner-up prizes of $25. The top 40 stories will also be published in an e-book anthology, and their authors will get free links/publicity via the contest sponsors. The best news is that there is no entry fee. AFAIK, it's open to anyone in the world.

The contest is open from May 18 until June 14, 2009. To enter, you have to post your story on the Editor Unleashed forum.

For more info, see this post on the official Smashwords blog.

Good luck!

Nick  :)
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Re: $500 Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 10:47:14 AM »
This looks to be an interesting opportunity, but I wonder on where the term FLASH begins and ends. To me 1,000 words sounds generous as a FLASH. I saw a competition this morning looking for - I have to say it - a story as a Tweet just 140 characters which I guess is 20/30 words. That is brief.
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Re: $500 Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 11:18:31 AM »
I'd agree. 1000 words is the maximum length for flash fiction according to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction

Once you get to 1001 words, it becomes a short story!

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Re: $500 Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009, 07:40:57 AM »
definately going for this one nick. thanks for posting

you da man 8)

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Re: $500 Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2009, 08:13:49 AM »
first round of ranking is over and i've come in at 65/280

fairly certain that there were a lot of people ranking out of spite but that's competition. it's up to the editor to decide the top 40 now. four days to go.

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Re: $500 Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2009, 01:50:54 PM »
How do you know where your ranked?
My story is there but I don't see any rankings.
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Re: $500 Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2009, 02:51:38 PM »
enter the flash fiction thread and click on the wordd RATING and it will automatically put each story in descending order.

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Re: $500 Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2009, 03:17:16 PM »
Thanks. Will check it out.
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