Guest Blogger: Meagan Briggs
Show us your flash fiction skills.
Splickety Prime is hosting a nano fiction contest, and we want your entries. In 100 words or less, write a story that encompasses our holiday theme (see below) and meets the flash fiction criteria outlined in yesterday’s post entitled, “The Flash Fiction Challenge.”
The winner will receive a one-year subscription to Splickety Prime and will be published in Prime’s December issue alongside award-winning author(and Books & Such client) DiAnn Mills, who will also serve as contest judge. The top ten finalists will get a free digital issue.
And those finalists will be announced to you here, on the Books & Such blog.
Theme: Merry Everything. Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and we want stories that warm the heart like hot cocoa after a snowstorm. This Christmas list is by no means complete, but here are a few of my favorite things: Silver bells, sleigh rides, snowball fights, surfer Santas, blizzards, the perfect gift, a Christmas card stamped “returned to sender.” Our wish list is for stories that make us feel the Christmas spirit, alive and well.
Deadline: October 5, 2015
Write those 100 words in a flash! The contest is limited to the first fifty entries.
Submit your 100-word story to email@example.com, specifying in the subject line “B&S nano fiction contest.” Please send your entry as an attachment, double spaced, with your contact details (including phone number) in the top left corner of the document. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t wait to read your fabulous flash fiction.
Join the flash fiction contest–if you can write a short story in 100 words. Click to tweet.
Meagan Briggs is the editor or Splickety Prime, a quarterly magazine which specializes in flash fiction. Her optometrist has never diagnosed it, but she sees the world differently from how it really is. The only cure Meagan has found is to write down every what-if and give it a story. She’s not considering any other remedies.
You can connect with Splickety via splicketypubgroup.com or with Meagan via her website at meaganbriggs.com.
The first link to The Flash Fiction Challenge.”(https://booksandsuch.com/blog/flash-fiction-challenge/) leads to a “The page you are looking for cannot be found.”
Heather, I apologize. I accidentally posted the contest prematurely. Tomorrow we’ll have a post on flash fiction (to which the contest post is linked), and the contest announcement will appear on Wednesday. You got a sneak peek!
Found the same … Houston we have a problem. But great idea Janet.
Ah, you will surely say as much to me … sorry, will wait. Thanks Janet.
Just for fun, here’s a bit of themed flash fiction. Ninety words.
-She had her hand on the door, about to leave for the job she loathed.
-“Wait!” I said. Something in the crossword I was doing triggered a memory. -“There was a call for you a couple of weeks ago…wrote it down…here. Said she wanted you to call back ASAP.”
-“My mom? Your writing’s so hard to read.” And her Mom was such a hard person with whom to speak.
-“No, someone else….Mac-something.”
-“That doesn’t help.”
-“No, wait, McBride, Margaret McBride, said she was a literary…hey, that was a genuine Wedgwood!”
I enjoyed your flash fiction. I could picture the whole thing!
Peggy, thank you so much! 🙂
We’re having some technical difficulties with the Splickety site today. We hope to have it resolved soon, but in the meantime, you can submit contest entries to email@example.com. Please mention the contest in the subject line. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Hi Meagan. Hate you’re having issues with the site. I think it might be affecting your email, too. I tried using this email and it was returned as undeliverable. Ideas? Thanks!!
Thanks for the wonderful opportunity, Meagan! Like Teresa, the email I sent was returned. I’m so sorry for the trouble the website is giving you!
Please send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, Teresa. Sorry about that, and thanks for your patience.
Wendy L Macdonald
Hi Meagan and Janet,
My entry was also returned when I used the address. But at least this post encouraged me to write a flash fiction–no easy feat. But fun.
Blessings ~ Wendy
Splickety seems to be totally offline. I’m assuming they will extend the contest deadline. Meanwhile, we’ll await word from Meagan.
Sorry, folks! We’re working with our web host to get the site back up. In the meantime, email is now working at email@example.com. Don’t forget to mention “nano fiction contest” in the subject line.
Thank you for your patience. I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions!
So sorry, everyone. The website is still down, but–good news!–the email is working. That was a slip of the ol’ fingers on my part. Please submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristen Joy Wilks
I had one e-mail bounce back, but I tried again and I think it went through. Hope it works, this sounds fun!
Kristen, thanks for letting us know. I emailed Meagan earlier to ask about extending the deadline but haven’t heard back. I can only imagine the havoc this has caused in her day.
Meagan, I just saw this comment. Yea, it’s good to hear from you.
So sorry for the delay! It’s been a crazy day on a couple fronts. Just sent you an email. Thanks for your patience and help. And, Kristen, your entry did go through. 🙂
Sounds fun! Any limit on the number of submissions from each person?
No, Becky. Enter away!
I just submitted my first nano-fiction story. I am delighted to be able to participate and follow this contest.
Adrianne, yea! Good for you.
Does a title count as part of the 100 words to the story?
No, Adrianne, the title is considered separate. Thanks for checking!