Monday, October 04, 2010
Blue Earth Review’s Eighth Annual Flash Fiction Contest
From the website:
We want only your brightest, boldest flash fiction—work that breaks boundaries in genre and content.
Reading fee is $5 for up to three entries. You have to sign up in two places, which is a little odd, but it's not hard. To enter the writing, go to the Submission Manager. To pay, you go to the Payment page. They only accept online submissions, which is rapidly becoming the norm.
Deadline is December 1, 2010. All entries will also be considered for general publication unless otherwise marked. Three winners will be chosen and awarded $100, $75, and $25. Winners will be announced sometime in February and the three winning pieces will be published in the Spring 2011 issue of Blue Earth Review.
NOTE: Good flash is about the purest forms of writing, in my opinion. The tightness factor makes the story zing. The ending usually pops you in the face or leaves you feeling an awww moment. It doesn't waste your time. I'm not a short story reader, but I'll read flash. I love to see someone do it well.
DOUBLE NOTE: I just burned the butterbeans . . . again. This year God did not mean for me to grow butterbeans. The first batch didn't come up in May. Then I accidentally planted field peas instead of butterbeans. Don't ask me why. At the time I had a logical reason, but it escapes me now. I planted a second batch in July. They're making light batches now, and have been for the last two weeks. Just as I had hoped, they were giving me a quick, last minute harvest before the cool weather stops their growth. But no. It was not to be. I burnt last week's batch, after spending an hour shelling them and cooking them another two hours. I just burnt another batch. Maybe one more opportunity is in the garden . . . maybe one, assuming the cool weather doesn't stunt their growth. You don't know how much I adore butterbeans. Next year . . . a double row of those babies And I'm stuffing the freezer with them.
Do you write or read flash?