Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Got Flash in a Flash? MWG Semi-Flash Fiction Contest Deadline September 1

The Missouri Writers' Guild, which was established in 1915, is looking for original, unpublished works of fiction for their semi-flash writing contest. Semi-flash is a new term to me, but according to the guidelines, the length should be no longer than 1,000 words.
Writers do not have to belong to MWG to enter the contest. In fact, they don't even have to live in Missouri or the United States, but all entries must be in English.

Deadline: September 1, 2015
Entry fee is $10
First prize is $100. Additional cash prizes and other awards are detailed in the official guidelines
List of winners will be posted on the MWG website after November 1.


The general guidelines are listed below, and her is a link to the MWG contest site.
If you have questions, you can e-mail Judy Stock contest@missouriwritersguild.org
Good luck if you enter! But act quickly, the deadline is September 1. 
General Submission Rules
1. Entries are open to all writers; there is no requirement to be a member of MWG.
2. Entries will be online and must be in English.
3. Entries must be original work of entrant and unpublished at the time of submission.
4. Each work must be treated as a separate entry. For each entry, use a separate cover
sheet/online entry form available at www.missouriwritersguild.org. The cover
sheet includes the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and
a statement that entrant has read and signed the Terms of Agreement.
5. The deadline for all entries is midnight, September 1, 2015.
6. Entry should be double spaced, with a 1000 word limit, not including title.
7. Entries containing pornography, graphic violence, explicit or gratuitous sex, and
scatological content will not be accepted, nor will entry fee be returned.
8. Fees: Entry fee is $10 per entry. Payment may be made online through PayPal.
If entrants prefer, a check payable to MWG may be mailed to:
Missouri Writers Guild
Attn: Donna Essner, Treasurer
PO Box 2093
Saint Peters, Missouri 63376
9. MWG assumes no responsibility for misdirected entries.
10. May address any subject (except as noted in General Rule 7).
11. If you have questions, email Judy Stock contest@missouriwritersguild.org
Terms of Agreement: Signing states the entrant agrees guidelines have been read and followed.
1. All submissions are judged by independent judges, whose decisions are final.
2. Judges may award up to three places, at their discretion, but will select at least one “Judge’s Pick.”
Entrants whose work the judges submit for Honorable Mention will receive certificates.
For a list of winners, check MWG website http://www.missouriwritersguild.org after November 1, 2015. Winners will also be announced in the MWG newsletter.




  1. Thanks for the prod. I meant to try this, but I rarely have any luck at all with flash fiction. Mine just lacks a punch I guess, though I think it quite clever! Ha-ha. I am going to send "something" because I'm sure it is money maker for MWG and I want to be supportive!

  2. Thanks for the tip. I saw this before, but fiction is not my friend. I suppose you have to start somewhere. If I can squeeze out a couple of hours from my schedule, I might give it a whirl.

    1. Hi Val,
      I bet you do fine with fiction. Your blog posts are so creative.
      Good luck if you submit.

  3. Thanks for the info. I'm a sucker for the flash/micro stuff. :)

    1. Hi Lisa,
      I've seen your name in the winner's circle for several flash contests. You have a knack.

  4. You always have such great offerings here. Thank you!

    1. Hi Tammy,
      You are welcome. With all the nifty stories you write regularly, I bet you'll do well if you enter. And good luck.

  5. Hi Donna, thanks so much for the post. I always know that when I visit your blog I'll come away with all sorts of wonderful information.

    1. Hi Theresa,
      Thanks for your kind words. Hope all is well with you!

  6. I had planned on sending in to this, but ack, time got away from me.


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