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


Word Sculptures, a Flash Fiction Contest

January 15–April 15, 2019

We challenge writers to tell a complete short story using no more than 500- words.

Entries MUST be narrative in form and rather than adhering to one theme, this year’s stories must contain the following three words:

amber, fire, harmony

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

Hint: Read past winners for examples.

Ready to enter the contest? Click HERE for submission guidelines.