Flash Fiction–One Judge’s Perspective

Written by Cindi Carroll   Why write a flash fiction story? Writing a flash fiction story, whether it’s 100 words, 500, or 1000 is indeed a challenge.  An effective short story requires all the elements of good writing, but in a compressed format.  The flash fiction story writer must be able to distill the story…

Why Enter a Writing Contest?

Don’t Let Writer’s Fear Be An Insurmountable Obstacle to You! “But I’m not good enough, yet.” “I’m just not ready!” I often get responses like these when I encourage a beginner (or not so beginner) writer to enter our Flash Fiction Contest. It is almost always the fearful, “Maybe I’m not a good enough writer…

Word Sculptures: a Flash Fiction Contest

Writing a story is like an artist creating a fine sculpture. One has a lump of raw material to start with, the basic tools, and from there on it’s all a matter of shaping it, chipping away the parts that aren’t necessary, re-forming it, smoothing it and finally, when its almost done, giving it that…