Flash Fiction Writing Contest for the Short Story Dispenser: January 2023

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

January 1, 2023 – January 31, 2023

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Your story could be uploaded to the Short Story Dispenser!

What is Flash Fiction?

Flash fiction is a genre of fiction writing, defined as a very short story and requires an inspired idea, wit and unexpected twists. Most flash fiction is around 500 words or less. The Short Story Dispenser calls for: 100 – 150 words for one minute; 300 – 350 words for three minutes; and 500 – 550 words for a five minute story.

Contest Details:

  • All ages are welcome to submit an entry.
  • Must be fictional and can deal with historical or biographical topics in a literary manner.
  • Any genre accepted, except journalistic works, non fiction articles and erotic texts.
  • Winning stories will be uploaded to the Short Story Dispenser located the Wellesley Free Library.
  • Maximum length: 8000 characters, including spaces.
  • Submit entries via the short story portal, single-spaced. Include a story title, your full name, and a 2 sentence statement about yourself.

Contest Disclaimer: 

The author declares that the submission is original and has not been previously published. The author declares that they control the copyright of the submitted text, meaning that they never transferred these rights to a third person/entity. The author grants a non-exclusive right to the Wellesley Free Library to reproduce, correct and publish their story via the Short Story Dispenser located at the Wellesley Free Library. The copyright of the work shall remain with the author. The author agrees and acknowledges that in the specific case of the Wellesley Free Library Flash Fiction Contest coordinators and judges have sole discretion in selecting the winning works for distribution via the Short Story Dispenser and awarding any other prizes. They may also reject or remove works from the dispenser without giving any prior notice or justification to the author. The author can also ask for their work to be removed by notifying the Wellesley Free Library Flash Fiction Contest coordinators in writing.