From an original field of 3,000+ writers around the world and after four intense challenges, we finally have a winner!  In the fourth and final challenge, the 60 finalists were challenged to create short stories no longer than 1,000 words in just 48 hours based on a genre (Open), location (a mobile home), and object (a wrapped gift).  Congratulations to the winners below and everyone that participated this year for writing so many amazing stories!


Note: HM = Honorable Mention


#1 - ''The Date'' by Preston Leyton Nelson SYNOPSIS - For his 33rd birthday, Sami receives a gift that has the ability to reveal his destiny—or does it?

#2 - ''So Long, Baby Rae'' by Elizabeth Swan SYNOPSIS - Three generations of mothers and daughters start a new life under one roof. They find comfort in their bonds but risk repeating mistakes in the future

#3 - ''A Mother Should Know'' by Lisa Fox SYNOPSIS - Unwrapping the treasures of her past, a woman is ready to begin her life anew.

#4 - ''Rest.'' by Conner Callahan SYNOPSIS - A woman comes by Death's house.

#5 - ''Shadow Puppets'' by Richard Jeter SYNOPSIS - Leverette Fox let a team of scientists take his daughter away when she was very young, under the guise of helping her learn to control the unique but terrifying gifts she was beginning to manifest. Now, their true motives have been revealed, after a cataclysmic containment breach leaves the government no choice but to ask her father to step in and stop his daughter from wreaking any further havoc.

#6 - ''Things Mama Left'' by Katherine Odom-Tomchin SYNOPSIS - When Mama leaves unexpectedly, the unnamed narrator is left to pick up the pieces of what she left behind.

#7 - ''What hope sounds like'' by Rosie Clemo SYNOPSIS - There is more than one language worth listening to, and this scientist is traveling the universe to prove it...

#8 - ''Guilty Parties'' by David Lipton SYNOPSIS - At thirty-nine, Saul is divorced, balding unevenly, and forty pounds overweight. Only this last one, he admits, is his fault.

#9 - ''The Keeper of Secrets'' by Amethyst Loscocco SYNOPSIS - Some say she is a goddess, some say a witch, but she will never reveal your secrets. Do you want to unburden yourself?

#10 - ''The Good Ghost of Cozy Clovers Estates'' by Jenna Samuels SYNOPSIS - Ann’s mobile home has traveled farther than most. Now, she’s finally ready to settle down.

#HM - ''A Tiny Bit of Hope'' by Corrine Coleman SYNOPSIS - Wallace Byrd, a woman forgotten, forms an unusual friendship after the death of her husband.

#HM - ''Past & Present'' by M.K. Pacelli SYNOPSIS - A sister story.

#HM - ''A Girl's Guide to Everyday Magic'' by Angela Teagardner SYNOPSIS - Little brothers are tedious. Little brothers who do magic are much, much worse.

#HM - ''Flatbed'' by Florence Esson SYNOPSIS - A family implodes, and a home that has stood for sixty years is sliced in half and placed on a truck for relocation. Crumbling insulation, dead mice, lead pipes— what will two sisters find in the walls of a house cut in two?

#HM - ''An Inside Job'' by Rachel Salhi SYNOPSIS - A theft aboard a generation ship threatens the peace.

#HM - ''The Sisters’ Gift'' by Kylie Rusiniak SYNOPSIS - Late one night, the Murphy sisters are surprised by a knock on their caravan door.

#HM - ''The Fall of the Holly King'' by Taylor Kowalski SYNOPSIS - A girl ventures into the woods to hunt for fairies and finds hope she never knew she could have.

#HM - ''Motivated Sellers'' by Alexis Silas SYNOPSIS - When Harold and Margie listen to a sales pitch for mobile smart-homes on Mars, the realtors turn out to have ulterior motives.

#HM - ''Dominoes'' by Jonathan Mathews SYNOPSIS - After finally finding a place to live, a man has one last thing to do before he can call it home.

#HM - ''THe Light in Winter'' by Danielle Dunn SYNOPSIS - A pregnant woman packs up the home of her deceased friend. 



Competition Links:

Challenge #1: Assignments | Results

Challenge #2: Assignments | Results

Challenge #3: Assignments | Results

Challenge #4: Assignment Email | Results below

Rules: Official Rules & Participation Agreement



The Flash Fiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments in 48 hours. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge.  When the competition begins, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group.  Each group receives its own unique genre, location, and object assignments (see past examples here).  After 2 challenges, the top 5 writers that score the highest advance to the next challenge.  In Challenge #3, writers are placed in new groups and given a new genre, location, and object assignment.  The top 3 writers from each of the groups in Challenge #3 advance to the fourth and final challenge of the competition where they are given the final genre, location, and object assignment and compete for thousands in cash and prizes.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below or click here for a more detailed description of how the competition works.  Good luck writers!


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While we send e-mails at the beginning of each round to all registered writers, many times e-mails go to junk mail folders, spam, or are blocked by servers for unknown reasons.  We recommend that everyone marks their calendars with the start dates of each round, especially the first challenge at 11:59PM EDT on July 13th, so that you know when to expect an e-mail!


  Challenge #1: July 13-15, 2018
  Challenge #2: September 14-16, 2018
Challenge #3: November 9-11, 2018
Challenge #4: December 14-16, 2018



Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every story that is submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their stories for review from fellow writers throughout the competition.  During the last Flash Fiction Challenge, there were nearly 14,000 comments made on the 1,000+ stories shared on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.



Dawn F.
Indianapolis, USA
“That was exciting! Nothing like a tight deadline to get the creative juices flowing.”
Fiona Y.
San Diego, USA
“What an exciting opportunity. When you've got such a tight box to fit your story into, you become exquisitely aware of each word. Great fun.”
Katie P.
Pittsburgh, USA
“I feel like I just finished a marathon! What a rush!” 
Mary-Ellen Q.
Sydney, Australia
“Yay! I just submitted my NYC Flash Fiction entry for Round 1! I had an enormous amount of fun writing it. Best of luck to everyone in the competition.”
Ted B.
Santa Rosa, CA
“Yikes. 1,000 words comes up quick. So does 48 hours. Definitely reached a point where I knew I had to leave out so much that I had envisioned. Once I finished writing the ending I was able to go back and cut some dead weight so that I could slip in some explanatory details. Then I had to cut some more to get back to 1,000 words. On the nose. Submitted with maybe a minute or two to spare. What a rush!”
Catherine B.
Woodland, USA
“First draft 1482 words! Yikes! 5 drafts later, 984 words! Hurray! My first horror story.”










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