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…

THE STARS AMONG US–Featuring Virginia Franklin Campbell, Past National President

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about speaking the passion you have for our work… (Robin S. Sharma)    WHO ARE WE, AND WHO CAN WE BECOME…? By Virginia Franklin Campbell, National President for 2016-2018. As I contemplated penning this…

Poetry Project Bridges Generation Gap

Who Would Have Thought? By Sarah Byrn Rickman, author /journalist, Pen Woman Fourth-graders and senior citizens working together to create poetry! That was the inspiring story that two dynamic members of the Des Moines Branch of NLAPW brought to life. Des Moines Branch President Laura Walth grasped the incentive from a curriculum titled “Poetry in…

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…