where flash fiction catches the next wave
Join us for the 2007 fiction event. In previous
years, we have awarded the Storycove prize to writers who have
met the criteria for "sudden" fiction. Fiction in
which the story arc may be abrupt, witty, provocative or filled
recent award, selected by fiction judge Michael C. White, went
Carolina resident Barbara Bamberger Scott. We published her
outstanding story of discovery The Gingerbread House
in Volume 4:4 of our WordSmitten Quarterly
Journal. We plan to publish it again in our digital media
site, www.wordsmitten.com in the Storycove edition.
previous Storycove Award for Flash Fiction went to British writer
John Ravenscroft for his evocative story, Walking
enjoy reading Wendy Lestina's award winning story: On
The Other Hand.
we have enough Flash Fiction?
Let's find out. Enter our Flash Fiction Competition, a short
story contest where nuance and wit win both publication and
a cash award.
got $150.00 to give to the Best Flash Fiction Writer.
Before you enter, read our guidelines and this year's winning
We are delighted that our Storycove fiction judge is acclaimed
author Michael C. White, professor of English
at Connecticut's Fairfield University, where he teaches fiction,
writing workshops and literature courses. Novels written by
Michael C. White include A Brother's Blood (Harper
Collins), which was a NY Times Book Review Notable Book
of 1996 as well as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New
Enter your original unpublished short story
in our annual Flash Fiction Competition.
Deadline is May 1.
Next reading period: February 1 ~ May 1 each year.
1. Create your original fiction with memorable characters
and interesting consequences with 500 or fewer words.
2. Register for our Storycove
Flash Fiction Contest before the deadline
of May 1. Winner will be notified by autumn of each
3. Submit your story embedded in an e-mail (no attachments)
with your name at the top of the e-mail. Do not include your
name beneath the title of the story.
IMPORTANT: In your e-mail's Subject
Line, include the words Flash Fiction Competition.
Our system rejects any e-mail without that subject heading.
4. Winners receive on-line publication in www.wordsmitten.com,
a cash award of $150.00, and may be included in an upcoming
anthology, Inside the Storycove, not to mention getting
the ebullient recognition of the entire world.
5. Reading fee: $10.00 through PayPal. You must include your
name, phone, title of your flash fiction entry, your
e-mail and snail mail address and your daytime contact information.
6. Send your reading fee to us using our secure on-line transaction
method (the same company that eBay uses) with PayPal (www.paypal.com)
and include your e-mail for contact information. PayPal provides
secure transactions and respects your privacy. PayPal will
ask for our E-mail to assign your reading fee. Respond with
to properly register for the competition.
Remember: to enter the Storycove Flash Fiction Contest, just
cut and paste your submission into the e-mail and send to:
and look for the winner in the autumn of each year.
Open to all styles, every genre. Make us laugh and break our
hearts! Take our breath away in 500 words.
Our editors wish you good luck!
For more information on author Michael C. White, just click
Judge. Also, if you are not yet familiar with
the concept of flash fiction (or "sudden" fiction)
we recommend the book titled, Flash Fiction
- 72 Very Short Stories published by W. W.
Norton and if you would like to read an excerpt click on
this link: Finding
Flash at Word Smitten.
If you are ready to submit your
work, click this PayPal link.
For more details and information, be sure to e-mail us!
when you get
to PayPal's site, be sure to include your name, e-mail
and snail-mail address,
along with the title of your Flash Fiction.
Once you have registered
with PayPal, send your entry to:
next in WordSmitten?
TenTen Fiction Competition. Our annual short
story contest provides an award of $1,010.00
to the winner. Deadline is July 1.
great book industry executives, distinguished authors and
new voices. Our exclusive interviews include:
Copeland, editor with a
recently created imprint, Atria.
Simonoff, agent with Park
Avenue's Janklow & Nesbit.
S. Power, senior editor with Wiley & Sons.
Landres, former editor
with Simon and Schuster, now heads a company providing a platform
for Latina writers.
Coffee Elsewhere) who is featured in our print edition
of WordSmitten Quarterly Journal (Winter Issue/4:4).
Chris Offutt, Diane Leslie, Frank McCourt, Connie May Fowler.
Campbell, Nan Talese, and newspaper book
Hammond of the St. Petersburg Times.
from author representative and literary agent William
Clark, from film producer and wizard of
Hollywood's entertainment Oz, intellectual property attorney
Peter Dekom, from attorney and lit agent Jeff
to WordSmitten, where the writing is crisp,
the towels are wet, and the wit is dry.
Print. If you enjoy this site, we'd be delighted if you tell
your friends. We'd like it if you visit the Storycove where
we feature short stories of fewer than 500 words, then read
some of our Native Shore Fiction where you'll find stories of
1000-2000 words (including award-winning fiction selected by
our fiction judges) and look for fiction, commentary, great
interviews with all our writing friends. Our newbies, rogue
writers, been-theres, and rakish readers. Point your outriggers
to the Storycove to sharpen your Flash Fiction and to dig your
toes in the sand. Our cabana offers some shade, an antique bamboo
desk, a quiet onshore breeze, and plenty of ink. Take your shoes
off. Our staff will be right out to take your drink order. If
you are reading this, you are so busted and you have too much
time on your hands, but then so do we. We can not express how
happy we are to know someone like you reads the fine print.
We are glad you are here. Visit often. We'll leave the porch
light on for you.
We write with the
porch light on, expecting at any moment
that either truth or irony will appear on the doorstep.
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