The Stars Among Us–Featuring M.J. Brett, Author

“Because of our adversities, we learn how to overcome. . .and keep going on.” (M.J. Brett)   Margaret Brettschneider, who holds a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature/Journalism from the University of California, is one of the most prolific writers in the Pikes Peak Branch of the NLAPW.  She has known many hardships, but…

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…