Flash Fiction Series – Summer 2016


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During the summer of 2015 we introduced our Summer Flash Fiction contest series, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it back in 2016! (And you can read all of our winners from 2015 here.)

What is it? This is a collaboration between photography and writing. We’ll supply a compelling image from our photography archive, and invite writers to respond by writing short fiction inspired by the photo of up to 500 words. Each image will stay up for one week—the top three entries we feel best represent the photo in question will be published on the Midwestern Gothic website.

We will be doing this throughout the summer—which nets out to three rounds of images (three submission periods). The winning entries of each round will be published immediately following the round. The schedule will look like this:

Round 1

Friday 6/24 – Round 1 image goes up
Saturday 7/2 – Due date to submit (before midnight EST)

Round 2

Friday 7/8 – Round 2 image goes up
Saturday 7/16 – Due date to submit (before midnight EST)

Round 3

Friday 7/22 – Round 3 image goes up
Saturday 7/30 – Due date to submit (before midnight EST)

We are so excited for this celebration of the visual and literary, a new way for us to experience the landscape, and we can’t wait to read what you submit.

 **Prompt #3 is now closed – stay tuned for the finalists!**

Round 1 Finalists

“20 Million Minutes in Welcome” by Rich Fahle
“The Good Neighbors of Green Bay” by Jan Elman Stout
“Glamour the Snowgirl” by Paul Beckman

Round 2 Finalists 

Round 3 Finalists 

Guidelines

  1. Send submissions/questions to Allie @Allison@midwestgothic.com.
  2. Use the subject line Summer Flash Round X – Author Name – Name of Piece. For example: Summer Flash Round 1 – Joan Smith – “Eyes of the Wild”
  3. Include a third-person bio of up to 150 words with your submission.
  4. Either the author or the piece itself should have a Midwest connection.
  5. Submissions should be no longer than 500 words—but can be as short as you deem necessary.
  6. The submission cycle for each round is two weeks—one week to submit, one week for us to select the winners and post the pieces. Please note: We will only be notifying the winning entries for each round due to time constraints. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.
  7. It may seem obvious, but while you have free reign in your writing, your piece should, in some way, be clearly inspired by the round’s image. If we find pieces ignore this fact, they will be subject to immediate disqualification.
  8. Images will be posted at the top of this post, and in separate blog posts as well. When the submission period for a round is ceased, the image will be taken down until the next round begins.

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