19 February 2012

National League of American Pen Women's Annual Fiction Contest

Post date: 19 February 2012
Deadline: 1 May 2012

The Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women Inc. sponsors an annual flash fiction contest. This national contest challenges authors to "tell a story" using only one hundred words. This year's creative submissions came from around the country.
  • Flash Fiction 2012 Contest
  • Theme: Are You Devious at Heart?
  • Pikes Peak Branch, CO
  • Deadline: May 1, 2012 (Postmarked by/Received Electronically by)
  • Prizes: 1st- $100; 2nd- $50; Judge's Merit Award- $25.
  • Entry fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript,
  • $10 additional per each optional critique.
  • Winners will be notified by May 15, 2012

Theme: Are You Devious at Heart. A complete but very short story of 100 words or less. (Don't include the story title in the story word count.)

Entries MUST be narrative in form (must tell a story) and pertain to the theme. One does not have to be a CO resident or NLAPW member to submit. All genres are welcome. Male writers are welcome. No poetry.

Multiple submissions are acceptable. Include a $10 check with each initial entry, $8 for each additional entry. $10 should be included if a critique is requested. (Fees may be combined in single check.) Make check or money order payable to: Pikes Peak Branch NLAPW. Payment may also be completed by credit card or Paypal account online; you do not need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal for credit card payment (get the Transaction ID# from your confirmation email to include with your entry).

Submission Guidelines:
  • Entry fee is $10 for the first entry, $8 per each additional entry (there is no limit on how many entries you may submit)
  • You may request an optional critique for $10 more per entry (if you submit multiple entries, be sure to include the title of the story you’d like critiqued, or $10 per story)
  • Entries must pertain to the theme
  • Should be narrative in form; that is, it should “tell a story”
  • All genres welcome
  • No poetry
  • Each entry cannot be longer than 100 words (titles not included in word count)
  • Entries must use proper manuscript format: double-spaced, indent each new paragraph, no extra lines between paragraphs, no bold face type or unusual font.
Include a cover page with the following information:

1. Author name
2. Story Title
3. Physical address
4. Phone number
5. Email address
6. Critique Requested (Yes or no)
7. Transaction ID/Amount Paid (you will receive this in the confirmation email from Paypal) or Check Number/Amount
  • Put the title on the manuscript. Do not put the author’s name on the manuscript, only on the cover page.
  • Entries must be postmarked by or received electronically by May 1, 2012
  • Submissions may be emailed or mailed, and must have a cover page, as detailed above
  • You may pay by Paypal/Credit Card or send a check payable to PPB-NLAPW (instructions for each found below).
  • Winners will be notified by May 15, 2012 by email
  • Manuscripts will not be returned unless you requested a critique, in which case they will be returned via email with the critique (or you may enclose a SASE for manuscript/critique return)
Notice: Entries not submitted in accordance with the above rules will not be judged and entry fees will not be returned.

Submissions to:
Shannon Lawrence
Flash Fiction Contest Chair
5685 Flag Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80919



For inquiries or further information, e-mail thewarriormuse@gmail.com

Mail or email each submission with a Cover Letter and check (or PayPal Transaction ID) in the appropriate amount to: Shannon Lawrence, Flash Fiction Contest Chair, 5685 Flag Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, thewarriormuse@gmail.com.

Note: Pikes Peak Branch officers and contest coordinators are not eligible to enter.


For inquiries: thewarriormuse@gmail.com

For submissions: thewarriormuse@gmail.com

Website: http://www.ppb-nlapw.org
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