Posts Tagged ‘a very short story contest’

2017 Past-Year Memoir Contest

1 December 2016
Gotham invites you to look back at 2016 and write about it. 
Specifically, we want you to tell us a true story from your life in 2016…in only 16 words. (You can use a title, but that will count toward your word limit.)
We want a personal story from your life, which can be hilarious, heartbreaking, puzzling, uplifting, or just plain strange. Look for something intriguing, perhaps something with emotional or intellectual resonance. It’s fine if you want to include current events from the year, as long as it’s mostly about you, or how you feel about it.
Whoever writes the 16-word memoir that most captivates us will win a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
Entries must be submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, February 20, 2017
Visit our website to submit yours:  www.gothamwriters.com/contest/past-year
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Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award Winter 2014

11 October 2014

$1600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2014. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. A further ten Highly Commended entrants will receive a free entry in the next round.

Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2014’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted. Deadline is midnight 31st December 2014. Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

http://www.writers-village.org

A Very Short Story Contest

19 March 2014

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin round table. Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:

For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.

You have to admit its pretty good. It builds, and there’s a whole world of background and emotion lurking beneath those words.

We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free Gotham ten-week workshop. (For any Gotham class except select premium classes.)

We did this contest last year and here’s the winner:

The city burned. Alice lit up, watched. She’d quit later.

Ingrid Bohnenkamp 
Springfield, Missouri

To see the finalists, click here

> CLICK HERE TO ENTER <

The Details:

Submit an original, unpublished 10-word short story.

  • Entries must be submitted online by May 5, 2014. Only online entries will be accepted. Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must consist of no more than ten words. You may use a title but that goes into the word count. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on writing originality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at GothamWriters.com
  • The winner will be notified by June 3, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/10W.php