The Unicorn Writer Announces Third Flash Fiction Contest!

Happy Saturday friends! 

It is my pleasure to announce the Unicorn Writer’s third flash fiction contest! The contest is open to both new and experienced writers. Submissions are open NOW through Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:59pm.

*Cue confetti and happy dancing!* 

Some of you may be wondering: what is flash fiction? Flash fiction is short fiction. Different publications and contests have varying definitions, but for this contest, flash fiction  constitutes as fiction 1000 words or less as determined by Google Docs. 

Any and all genres are welcome, but writers must provide CLEAN and family-friendly content (No erotica, explicit language, graphic violence, etc.). Magic is acceptable (and encouraged – the Unicorn Writer greatly enjoys fantasy)! However, your story could be fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction, Christian fiction, mystery, humor, or something else! Just have fun with your story! 🙂

Prompt: Write a story in which the setting is a desert AND the following words appear: moon, sapphire, and love.

Exciting News: Author Cassandra Hamm will be the guest judge for this contest! Next week, I will have the privilege of interviewing Cassandra here on the blog. In the meantime, be sure to check out my first interview with Cassandra when she won the first flash fiction contest here!

Flash Fiction Contest Details: 

For the judging process there will be three categories: Content, Technical, and Overall Impression.

The content category is not just whether you followed the guidelines and provided clean, family-friendly content; it looks at the story as a whole. Is it impactful? Is there a clear beginning, middle, and end? Is there a clear theme(s) that resonates with readers? 

Be sure to send quality, proof-read work when you submit to do well in the technical category! 

The last category, Overall Impression, will include the judges’ impressions of the piece. Is it memorable? Is it unique? Is it enjoyable? 

Please note that with all writing, some subjectivity plays a role. Just because you do not win does NOT mean your story isn’t well-done. We expect some outstanding entries, and know you all will make our job difficult! (Due to the expected number of entries, feedback will NOT be provided on individual stories.) 

The WINNING story of the Unicorn Writer’s first flash fiction contest will be announced and featured on the blog on Saturday, June 4, 2022. The winning author will also be invited to be interviewed. **By submitting an entry, you consent to having your story published on the blog indefinitely. All story rights remain with the author, but the winning story will remain published on the blog for the foreseeable future.**

Now that we’ve reviewed the ins and outs of the contest, we can’t wait to see what you all write!

To submit, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/DXpe9GzEJGqJSppz8

Published by Kayla E. Green

My name is Kayla E. Green. I am a librarian, young adult author, and poet living in North Carolina. I love reading fantasy, collecting books, drinking cherry coke, and pretending to be a unicorn. Follow my blog for book reviews, author interviews, updates on my personal writing journey, and more bookish fun!

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