This the fourth year NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness has organized this event. Writers from all over the world compete to create original stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments.
There are three rounds in the competition, the first beginning August 19-21. If interested in competing, check out more information on the website. There are cash prizes for the winners, but there is also a $49 entry fee.
Personally I love flash fiction when done well (sadly it is so often done poorly) and I think this is a fantastic opportunity to get writing and hone your flash fiction chops.
You must hurry, though! The deadline to register is TONIGHT at 8 pm!!!!!
I vaguely recall the first time I picked up an issue of Poets & Writers. I was probably about eleven or twelve years old and I had just come to the conclusion that I was going to be a big writer. I picked up the magazine and set out to learn everything I needed to know from its pages.
At the time, Poets & Writers was what I would call a “fuddy-duddy” magazine, at least from the eyes of a twelve-year-old and didn’t get much out of it. Now, many years later, I couldn’t possibly recommend it more.
The most recent issue’s focus was on writing contests and included an extensive list of contests and due dates in the back of the magazine. The cover story was an interview with four people who run writing contests. While the interview was interesting, it didn’t really give any information I didn’t already know or that was useful to me personally. That said, the rest of the magazine’s content was extremely useful.
Some of the topics discussed that I found interesting were e-book lending/pirating, social media for authors, and navigating literary magazine contracts. Each of these articles were very well-written and informative.
There were also a few author spotlights that discussed each author and gave an excerpt of their work which was nice to read about, though these particular writers weren’t hugely engaging for me personally.
Both the print issue and website are fantastic resources for writers and I highly suggest getting a subscription or at least checking out the website. The website alone has an extensive database of literary journals to submit to (including Line Zero), information on literary agents and grants, and even job listings.
How this works:
1. You read/listen to/watch/look at the writing prompt I post here on Fridays. There will be a new prompt every Friday.
2. You write a flash fiction piece of 200 words or less, paste it into the body of an email NO ATTACHMENTS along with your name and location and send it to me at email@example.com by the following Sunday at 6 pm.
3. I read them and post my favorite five plus my own flash fiction piece based on the prompt the following Monday.
4. At the end of every month I will choose someone who has submitted during that month to receive a free book. I’ll give you some options and mail it out to you.
That’s it! Have fun!
I found this photo online at playinghousechorestosex.blogspot.com
Write 200 words based off this photo.
Who is this girl? Why is she sitting on the stairs? What is she waiting for? Where is she?
Just some questions to think about as you write.