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where flash fiction catches the next wave

Join us for the 2007 fiction event. In previous years, we have awarded the Storycove prize to writers who have met the criteria for "sudden" fiction. Fiction in which the story arc may be abrupt, witty, provocative or filled with nostalgia.

Our recent award, selected by fiction judge Michael C. White, went to North Carolina resident Barbara Bamberger Scott. We published her outstanding story of discovery The Gingerbread House in Volume 4:4 of our WordSmitten Quarterly Journal. We plan to publish it again in our digital media site, www.wordsmitten.com in the Storycove edition.

A previous Storycove Award for Flash Fiction went to British writer John Ravenscroft for his evocative story, Walking Upside Down.

And enjoy reading Wendy Lestina's award winning story: On The Other Hand.

Do we have enough Flash Fiction?
Let's find out. Enter our Flash Fiction Competition, a short story contest where nuance and wit win both publication and a cash award.

We've got $150.00 to give to the Best Flash Fiction Writer. Before you enter, read our guidelines and this year's winning entry!

We are delighted that our Storycove fiction judge is acclaimed author Michael C. White, professor of English at Connecticut's Fairfield University, where he teaches fiction, writing workshops and literature courses. Novels written by Michael C. White include A Brother's Blood (Harper Collins), which was a NY Times Book Review Notable Book of 1996 as well as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Enter your original unpublished short story
in our annual Flash Fiction Competition.

Annual Deadline is May 1.
Next reading period: February 1 ~ May 1 each year.


1. Create your original fiction with memorable characters and interesting consequences with 500 or fewer words.

2. Register for our Storycove Flash Fiction Contest before the deadline of May 1. Winner will be notified by autumn of each year.

3. Submit your story embedded in an e-mail (no attachments) with your name at the top of the e-mail. Do not include your name beneath the title of the story.

In your e-mail's Subject Line, include the words Flash Fiction Competition. Our system rejects any e-mail without that subject heading.

4. Winners receive on-line publication in www.wordsmitten.com, a cash award of $150.00, and may be included in an upcoming anthology, Inside the Storycove, not to mention getting the ebullient recognition of the entire world.

5. Reading fee: $10.00 through PayPal. You must include your name, phone, title of your flash fiction entry, your e-mail and snail mail address and your daytime contact information.

6. Send your reading fee to us using our secure on-line transaction method (the same company that eBay uses) with PayPal (www.paypal.com) and include your e-mail for contact information. PayPal provides secure transactions and respects your privacy. PayPal will ask for our E-mail to assign your reading fee. Respond with awardswordsmitten.com to properly register for the competition.

Remember: to enter the Storycove Flash Fiction Contest, just cut and paste your submission into the e-mail and send to: awardswordsmitten.com and look for the winner in the autumn of each year.

Open to all styles, every genre. Make us laugh and break our hearts! Take our breath away in 500 words.

Our editors wish you good luck!

For more information on author Michael C. White, just click here: Storycove Judge. Also, if you are not yet familiar with the concept of flash fiction (or "sudden" fiction) we recommend the book titled, Flash Fiction - 72 Very Short Stories published by W. W. Norton and if you would like to read an excerpt click on this link: Finding Flash at Word Smitten.


If you are ready to submit your work, click this PayPal link.

For more details and information, be sure to e-mail us!

Remember when you get
to PayPal's site, be sure to include your name, e-mail and snail-mail address,
along with the title of your Flash Fiction.

Once you have registered
with PayPal, send your entry to:

What's next in WordSmitten?

  • The TenTen Fiction Competition. Our annual short story contest provides an award of $1,010.00 to the winner. Deadline is July 1.
  • Interviews.
  • We interview great book industry executives, distinguished authors and new voices. Our exclusive interviews include:
  • Brenda Copeland, editor with a recently created imprint, Atria.
  • Eric Simonoff, agent with Park Avenue's Janklow & Nesbit.
  • Stephen S. Power, senior editor with Wiley & Sons.
  • Marcela Landres, former editor with Simon and Schuster, now heads a company providing a platform for Latina writers.
  • Author ZZ Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere) who is featured in our print edition of WordSmitten Quarterly Journal (Winter Issue/4:4).
  • Authors Chris Offutt, Diane Leslie, Frank McCourt, Connie May Fowler.
  • Editors Ann Campbell, Nan Talese, and newspaper book editor Margo Hammond of the St. Petersburg Times.
  • Viewpoints from author representative and literary agent William Clark, from film producer and wizard of Hollywood's entertainment Oz, intellectual property attorney Peter Dekom, from attorney and lit agent Jeff Kleinman.
  • Workshops and conferences.
  • We report on other writing conferences and
    give you links to Web sites that provide great information for the writing community. We sponsor two annual fiction events, provide writers workshops for writing the important query letter, and report on the people, the books, and the business of writing.
  • Fiction.
  • We feature current flash fiction work and short stories on all the
    Native Shore Fiction pages. This department features short stories from writers around the world and reserves a spotlight for award-winning fiction.
  • Visit the Storycove and Native Shore often. Grab your SPF 15, put your Lands End shorts on and wade on in. Don't forget to tip the cabana attendants. Most of them are disguised writers. Especially the guy with the mustache.
Welcome to WordSmitten, where the writing is crisp,
the towels are wet, and the wit is dry.

Small Print. If you enjoy this site, we'd be delighted if you tell your friends. We'd like it if you visit the Storycove where we feature short stories of fewer than 500 words, then read some of our Native Shore Fiction where you'll find stories of 1000-2000 words (including award-winning fiction selected by our fiction judges) and look for fiction, commentary, great interviews with all our writing friends. Our newbies, rogue writers, been-theres, and rakish readers. Point your outriggers to the Storycove to sharpen your Flash Fiction and to dig your toes in the sand. Our cabana offers some shade, an antique bamboo desk, a quiet onshore breeze, and plenty of ink. Take your shoes off. Our staff will be right out to take your drink order. If you are reading this, you are so busted and you have too much time on your hands, but then so do we. We can not express how happy we are to know someone like you reads the fine print. We are glad you are here. Visit often. We'll leave the porch light on for you.

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Short Stories/Flash Fiction Motion & Definition of a Russian Quartet
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Flash Fiction Competition The Storycove - Next year's deadline is May 1
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