You Can Write It Fall Flash Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: October 4 at 11:59 Pm PT

By now, you’re probably writing incredible stuff with our prompts. We can’t wait to read your writing! The rumors are true: We’re having our first flash fiction contest. Send us your best, your flashiest, your fiction-est! Please read the rules and then scroll to the bottom to submit your entry!

No purchase necessary, and no reading fees, because those are BS! The winner will get a $50 prize (USD, paid via PayPal), plus publication on our site and a fabulous opportunity to contribute a prompt of your very own to our next prompt book!


  1. One entry per person.
  2. 1000 word maximum. That’s a hard maximum! No-writing-entire-paragraphs-like-this-to-keep-it-under-I’m-onto-you.
  3. You must be 13 or older to enter. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign a permission slip acknowledging that you’ve got their permission to enter. (Click here for the permission slip)
  4. Submit your own, actual, non plagiarized work. You’re creative and intelligent, so use your own words! We reserve the right to revoke prizes and announce and publicly shame if, say, a winner has plagiarized. Seriously just don’t.
  5. When it comes to content, use your discretion. We’d prefer nothing graphically sexual, violent, or disturbing. Considering that we will publish it on our site, with your name attached to it (or a screen name if you prefer), you would probably prefer that too, since we assume that you might want to get a job or run for public office or otherwise be Googled someday.
  6. All entries remain the intellectual property of the author. The winner retains all rights to their work!
  7. One winner will be chosen at the sole discretion of the judging panel.


  • Feel free to use our prompts or writing books!
  • Obviously, proofread and edit your work! Have a friend look it over for you.
  • Don’t feel obligated to quote the entire prompt (if you’re using one).
  • Since this is flash fiction, every word counts! Think carefully about word choices and phrases.
  • Read some great examples of flash fiction

Additional Reading

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

Story of an Hour

Franz Kafka

Before the Law

An Imperial Message

Up in The Gallery

Lydia Davis

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Jamaica Kincaid


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