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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.

Fireworks

Guidelines and Rules

  1. Open to everyone, one entry per person.
  2. Submissions are accepted from June 17 to July 7.
  3. Only entries in English are accepted.
  4. All entries will be published on our website http://www.thecolorsofmysoul.com in a special contest section.
  5. 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:

Submit to Colors of My Soul

Flash Fiction Contest 

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.

Judging

This time we have one judge.

Abigail Carter

Abigail CarterAbigail wrote The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widows 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.

Prizes

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.

winner

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:

first runner up

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:

second runner up

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:

READERS CHOICE

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:

finalist

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?

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Lena Toporikova
The owner, writer and editor of Colors of My Soul. I love that small island of creativity in the large ocean of Internet. And I truly believe we can touch another soul with rightly chosen words.

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8 Responses to “Enter Our Flash Fiction Contest and Win $150”

  1. [...] done, because over breakfast this morning I wrote a piece of flash fiction specifically to enter in this contest. I’ll do a couple read throughs over the day and probably submit it tonight. It’s [...]

  2. Hi Lena,

    Looking forward to reading the stories :)

  3. [...] Flash Fiction Contest from Colors of My Soul Theme: Must use photo prompt on contest page (linked above) Word Limit: Up to 500 First Prize: $150, virtual badge, publication in ebook of winning stories (finalists and runners-up will receive various other prizes) Deadline: July 7 [...]

  4. hans

    I wish it were 1000 words or less instead of 500 :)

  5. megan kuykendall

    Was wondering can we enter more than one story?

    • UmeshAwasthi

      I цish, цe could bend the rules, but it is only one entry per person. Though you can always submit your second story as a guest post.

  6. Adele Najt

    I was wondering when the winner of this contest will be announced? It is well past the deadline and since the website is still showing only the entry information, I was wondering when and where you will publicly announce the winner?

    • Lena Toporikova (post's author)

      Dear Adele,

      The judges are reading the stories at the moment. The winners will be announced on this website and on our Facebook page. We will also contact the winners via email.

      I will publish a post this week with information about the big announcement date.

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