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


Word Sculptures, a Flash Fiction Contest

March 31-August 15, 2018


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:


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.