Pikes Peak Branch of the

National League of American Pen Women 

Annual Pikes Peak Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest
January 15-April 30, 2017

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Go to Flash Fiction Winners

Check this page in a few months to see contest plans for 2018.

This contest is open to everyone. You do not need to be a Colorado resident
​nor an NLAPW member to submit. Men and teens are welcome.

All genres are encouraged, but no poetry. Multiple submissions are acceptable.

Entry fee is $15 for the first submission and $10 for subsequent submissions. There is an extra $15 for each requested critique, written by a published author.

What is flash fiction?
Flash fiction, unlike a vignette, often contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten – that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline. From

Read past winners for examples.

First Place–$125
Second Place–$75
Third Place–$50

We challenge writers to tell a complete short story using no more than one hundred words. Entries MUST be narrative in form and pertain to this year’s theme: