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Flash Writing Contest: Enter Sep 1 – Oct 1, 2017

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“If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind,
give it more thought.”

— Dennis Roth
SMA flash contest

Flash Writing Contest

[ 13 more days to enter ]
The Flash Writing Contest is open to writers of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. The winner in each genre will be awarded $50 and their entry will be published in the 2018 edition of CROSSROADS: LA VIDA CREATIVA EN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, the annual cultural arts magazine published by the San Miguel Literary Sala, AC in conjunction with the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival.
 Distinguished Judges
Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history — the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of UsOne Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. richard-blanco.com
Dinty W. Moore is the author of numerous books, including The Mindful Writer, The Story Cure, Crafting the Personal Essay, and Flash Nonfiction, directs Ohio University’s BA, MA, and PhD in Creative Writing program, and is the editor of Brevity which for nearly two decades has published well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or fewer) essay form. Dinty has been published in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, and Utne Reader. dintywmoore.com
Merilyn Simonds is the author of seventeen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and inspiration for Judith Thompson’s recent play, Hot House; an internationally acclaimed collection of autobiographical stories, The Lion in the Room Next Door; a bestselling novel, The Holding; a travel memoir, Breakfast at the Exit Café co-written with her husband Wayne Grady; and a collection of personal essays, A New Leaf. Her work is published and anthologized internationally. In 2012, she released a flash-fiction collection, The Paradise Project, in both a hand-printed letterpress edition and as a digital book. merilynsimonds.com
The winning poem, essay, and story from the 2017 contest will be published in the 2018 edition of CROSSROADS, and each winning writer will receive $50 and five copies of the issue in which their work appears.
All writers are eligible to submit original work written primarily in English. However, administrators of the San Miguel Literary Sala, the San Miguel Writers’ Conference, and Crossroads magazine are ineligible.
Eligible Work: Work submitted must be unpublished. Work may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere. If it is published or accepted to be published prior to the judging, it will be disqualified from the competition.
Entries must be received by midnight, Sunday, October 1, 2017. We will announce the winners by November 30, 2017.
Poetry: 50 lines max including stanza breaks, 100 character limit per line.
Fiction and Nonfiction: 750 word maximum.
Entry Fee
Entry to the contest requires a $15 fee. The fee is payable by credit/debit card or PayPal.
Submit one entry per $15 fee via our online submission manager.
  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • All identifying information will be removed from submissions.
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