Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.


Word Sculptures, a Flash Fiction Contest

January 15–April 30, 2019


We challenge writers to tell a complete short story using no more than five hundred words.

Entries MUST be narrative in form and pertain to this year’s theme–to be announced on January 1st.

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.


First Place–$125

Second Place–$75

Third Place–$50


Entry fee is $20 for the first submission and $15 for subsequent submissions.

An extra $15 for each 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 story line. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction

Hint: Read past winners for examples.   http://www.pikespeakpenwomen.com/flash-fiction-winners.html

Ready to enter the contest? Click HERE to pay and submit your entry.