Enter Our Flash Fiction Contest and Win $150
Welcome to the Colors of My Soul’s Flash Fiction Contest!
What is it all about?
Using the photo prompt below, compose a work of short fiction, maximum length 500 words.
Guidelines and Rules
- Open to everyone, one entry per person.
- Submissions are accepted from June 17 to July 7.
- Only entries in English are accepted.
- All entries will be published on our website http://www.thecolorsofmysoul.com in a special contest section.
- You will need a gravatar.com profile for your entry to be published on the website. Make sure you add your bio there. If you do not fill in your profile on http://gravatar.com your author’s box on Colors of My Soul will be empty.
How to submit
We’re using Submittable for this contest which will help us better organize the contest and manage the submissions. You will be prompted to open an account. It is free of charge and painless.
Use the link below to submit your story:
All stories should be submitted as attachments. In the attachment please include the title of your story. Do not include your name in the attachment. Your story should be single spaced, with a blank line between paragraphs, no indents, and no unconventional formatting.
We will post entries on this website in the order they arrive. If you wish to contribute a story but do not want to compete for the prize, mention this in your submission. We will treat you as a guest writer. If we receive poems we will also treat them as guest entries.
Contest participants grant Colors of My Soul the right to publish their entries. Authors retain copyright of their work.
You may include two links with your submission, one to any social media site of your choice and another to any book you have published.
Remember we only accept stories under 500 words (title not included). We use the word count function in Microsoft Word. All stories above this word limit will not be accepted as contest entries. We can treat them as guest posts if you like to.
This time we have one judge.
Abigail wrote The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow‘s Transformation (HCI, 2008) as a form of catharsis after her husband’s death in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Her work has also appeared in SELF magazine, Reader’s Digest Canada, MSN.com and MORE.com and she maintains a blog at www.abigailcarter.com.
Abigail is also the co-Founder of Writer.ly, an online marketplace where writers can find the people they need to publish successfully. She can be found on Facebook and on Twitter (@abigailcarter) and on her blog, alchemyofloss.com
Abigail will select finalists and a winner, all of whom will be announced as soon as decisions are made.
Ten best stories will be featured in the ebook we will compile after the competition. The ebook will be available for download on our website and sent to all our subscribers.
The winner receives $150 as well as the virtual badge depicted here, along with the right to display it on his or her online venues.
The first prize is provided by our general sponsor Writer.ly, which as we already mentioned above is an online marketplace where writers can find the people they need to publish successfully.
First Runner-up receives a critique of one flash fiction piece under 500 words of his or her choice by one of reputable editors. He or she will also receive the virtual badge depicted here, along with the right to display it on his or her online venues:
Second Runner-Up receives a prize from Annabel Candy, the author of Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps ‑ a self-study course you can follow at your own pace. The prize includes an ebook PDF, the audio version and five case studies. Value $39.
He or she will also receive the virtual badge depicted here, along with the right to display it on his or her online venues:
Finally, the author of the story chosen by readers receives $10 Amazon gift card. He or she will also receive the virtual badge depicted here, along with the right to display it on his or her online venues:
Stories of all finalists will be published in an ebook which will be available for download on our website. All Finalists will receive the virtual medal depicted here, along with the right to display it on their online venues:
Some more important stuff
Readers and contestants alike are invited and encouraged to comment on entries. Please remember to stay specific and constructive in your criticism. We reserve the right to delete comments which are too negative and not constructive.
Please take time to visit the websites of our dear sponsors:
Writer.ly ‑ an online marketplace where writers can find the people they need to publish successfully
Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps by Annabel Candy
And finally, please spread the word about the contest. The more, the merrier, right?