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the wave of contemporary fiction
~flash fiction~the sudden short story
to Word Smitten's Storycove, our Flash Fiction Department where
annual flash fiction contest
providing great flash stories
about the art of "sudden fiction" by well-known experts
and honorable mention flash fiction entries from previous years
If you are not familiar with this short story form, you may
want to know that practitioners of this style of fiction ~ both
flash fiction and "sudden fiction" ~ have included
recognizable literary legends. Margaret
Atwood (Bread), Stuart Dybek (Gold Coast), Jamaica Kincaid (Girl),
Joyce Carol Oates (August Evening) have contributed outstanding
work to this genre.
If you have a story of fewer than 500 words that you would like
to send us, we'd love to read it. Be patient, though, since
we get more than 200 e-mails every day. Once we read yours we
will tell you if we plan to accept it for publication online
and it may also be eligible for our annual anthology.
If you prefer to enter a story for the competition, then click
on the link below and read the guidelines. Our current Storycove
Flash Fiction contest closed on May 1. This summer's winner
was British writer John
Smitten's Storycove Contest::
The annual flash fiction contest. Our next reading begins February
winter we ask ourselves this question. We've got penguins, we've
got hockey, but do we have enough Flash Fiction? You let us
know! Send us your short (very short) story. Write the story
this week and e-mail it to us in February. Click here for guidelines.
When you enter this competition two things might happen. You
may win and be published on our witty and winsome site, www.wordsmitten.com,
and you certainly might have fun writing flash.
Why write flash fiction? When you write
short bursts of fiction, you flex your best writing muscle: precision.
Last year we had fun reading all the flash-built stories.
Who else had fun? Wendy Lestina, who won Word Smitten's competition
with her Flash Fiction story and this year, we have invited her
to become a regular contributor to Word Smitten.
Smitten's Storycove Award
~~Award Winning Story~~
Winning author, Wendy Lestina, wrote the award-winning flash
fiction story, On
The Other Hand which appears on our
Meinke, winner of The Flannery O' Connor Short
Story Award was fiction judge.
Smitten's Storycove Honorable Mention
~~Honorable Mention Stories~~
Great stories to read, wonderful writers, and these are the
Smitten's Storycove (Flash Fiction)
Fiction (Short Stories)
The Annual TenTen
Fiction Competition ~ Annual Deadline: July 1
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