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Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

 Sponsored by Writers One Flight Up, W.T. Bland Public Library and the Mount Dora Library Association.

What is the Flash Fiction Writing Contest?

Flash fiction contains 999 words or less and may have a twist ending. It usually deals with one event or time period in a character's life - one pivotal moment and its outcome. Flash fiction is not just a simple character sketch or slice of life but rather zooms in on the emotional content of a scene or telling moment. Examples of flash fiction include 'The Custodian, by Brian Hinshaw and 'Worry,' by Ron Wallace.

Writing prompts:

1. Surviving COVID-19 in Mount Dora

2. The moment COVID-19 got real for your character

3. Learning how to survive the complexities of social distancing


Award Ceremony

The Flash Fiction Writing Contest will be judged by members of Writers One Flight Up, a Mount Dora-based writers' group. The Award Ceremony is planned for Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 2:00pm (the format of the Award Ceremony will depend upon safety measures surrounding COVID-19).

First place: $30

Second place: $20

Third place: $15 and honorable mention(s)

Contest Rules and Guidelines


  • Must be submitted by the creator of the work.
  • Must be original, unpublished works only.
  • Please indicate which age category you are in: Under 18 or 18+ and Older.
  • Must have a separate cover sheet which includes the story title, author’s name, mailing address, Lake County Library System library card number, phone number and email address.
  • Must include title and page numbers only on the story; do not include the author’s name or identifying information.
  • Must be electronic submissions only.
  • Must be in a Word document, typed in 12 point Times New Roman and double spaced.
  • Must have no illustrations or photos.

One submission per entrant shall be accepted. Entrants must have a Lake County Library System library card in good standing.

All entries must adhere to the Flash Fiction Writing Contest theme. Entries on other themes shall be disqualified.

Entries shall not be more than 999 words.

Failure to follow the contest guidelines will result in your work not being considered. Please read and re-read the directions carefully.

Submissions shall be emailed to: library@cityofmountdora.com