A $100 prize will be awarded to the winner of this competition sponsored by the Department of English.

Flash fiction is extremely short. Stories must be a maximum of 500 words to be eligible. Titles are included in the word count.

A maximum of four entries may be submitted, double-spaced, each on a separate sheet/s.

Each submission must be original and unpublished in campus publications or elsewhere, including online. There are no restrictions as to subject matter. Each entry must include a word count at the top.

The writer’s name, email address, campus address, and phone number must appear on the accompanying envelope or folder but not on the stories themselves, which will be given anonymously to the judge.

Entries should be submitted to Maureen Mulrooney, Department of English, 316 Pardee Hall, no later than Dec. 10.

The winner and honorable mentions will be invited to read their work along with the judge at an event on Feb. 9. This year’s judge is Cara Blue Adams, author of You Never Get It Back, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Prize in the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. She has published over 20 stories in leading magazines, including Granta, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Epoch, The Sun, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, Story, and Narrative, which named her one of its “15 Below 30.” Stories in You Never Get It Back have been awarded the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, judged by Alice Hoffman, the Missouri Review Peden Prize, judged by Jessica Francis Kane, and the Meringoff Prize in Fiction, awarded by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

Questions? Contact Prof. Megan Fernandes.

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