General Questions |
How the Competition Works
Q. Can writers participate from outside the United States?
A. Yes. Writers may
participate from anywhere in the world as long as you have an
internet connection to upload your stories.
Q. Do we have to be in a physical location to participate?
A. No. The entire competition
takes place online and the submissions are required to be uploaded
to our website. So, as long as you have an internet
connection, you may participate from anywhere you like.
Q. Can we provide previously
written short stories during the competition?
A. No. All stories must be created
during the competition and must be based on the genre, location, and
Q. Can I participate if I'm under 18 years
anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian send their
consent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
The subject line of
the e-mail should be: Parental Consent for Flash Fiction Challenge
2. Their consent for your participation in the
competition in the body of the e-mail. For example, "I am the
parent/guardian of __________(Participant Name) and I hereby provide
consent for him/her to participate in the Flash Fiction Challenge 2016
3. The full name and phone number of the parent/guardian
in the body of the e-mail.
Q. What are the format requirements for
A. There are no requirements regarding
spacing or margins, but we ask that all stories are written in 12
point Courier, New Courier or Times New Roman typeface. Also, the
title page must only contain the title of the story and a short
synopsis (1-2 sentence description of the story). The author's name
must not appear anywhere in the story or on the title page to keep
the document anonymous for judging.
Can teams of writers (more than 1) work on the stories?
You may list additional writers on the registration form, but please
note that ONLY the writer who registers will be eligible for the
Who owns the rights to the stories created during the
writer. NYC Midnight reserves the right to publish the
and e-mail address of any writer that enters the competition for
publicity purposes, but that's it.
Q. How closely do we have to follow the
story must be within the assigned genre, the location must be the
predominant location used in the story, and the object must be
included at some point in the story.
Q. Do you
have some examples of past genre, location, and object assignments?
A. Yes, here are a few from
the last Flash Fiction Challenge:
Drama / An awards dinner / Press on fingernails
Sci-Fi / A drug rehab center / A wig
Comedy / A luxury spa / An exit sign
Romantic Comedy / An ambulance / Onion rings
Horror / A rooftop / A wheelchair
Open / A space station / A glass eye
Q. What are the
acceptable formats for the stories?
The only acceptable formats are .doc (Word Document),
.txt (Text File) or .rtf (Rich Text Format).
Q. What are the rules regarding spacing?
There are no rules regarding spacing,
you may space the stories any way you like.
Q. What is a brief synopsis of
A. A brief synopsis is a 1-2 sentence summary of your story.
It should be simple, yet very enticing (the main goal is to make the
reader excited to read your story).
How it Works
Challenge #1 : July 22-24, 2016
Writers are placed randomly in groups. There are up to 60 groups in the 1st round. Each group is assigned a genre,
a location and an object that must be included in the story. Once
the judging is complete, writers receive points based on what place they
end up in the challenge (see below):
| 15 points
| 10 points
| 5 points
| 14 points
| 9 points
| 4 points
| 13 points
| 8 points
| 3 points
| 12 points
| 7 points
| 2 points
| 11 points
| 6 points
| 1 point
Challenge #2 : September 16-18, 2016
Writers compete in the same group
they were placed in for Challenge #1. Writers receive a new
assigned genre, location and object which must be included in the story.
Writers receive points based on what place they end up in the challenge.
The total points from Challenge #1 and #2 are added together, and the
top 5 writers in each group advance to the 2nd Round.
For example, if a writer comes in 4th place
(12 points) in Challenge #1 and 13th place (3 points) in Challenge #2,
than his/her total points for the 1st Round is 15 points. If
15 points is among the top 5 highest point totals in the group, than
the writer will advance to Challenge #3.
points writers accumulate in Challenges #1 and #2 are only to determine which
writers advance to Challenge #3, and have no effect on the judging in
Challenge #3 or #4.
Challenge #3 : November 4-6, 2016
The advancing writers that advanced after Challenge #2 will be divided into
up to 12 groups. Each group is assigned a
new genre, location, and object and have 2 days to submit a 1,000 word
story. The top 4 writers from each group will advance to the 4th
and final challenge.
Challenge #4 : December 9-11, 2016
(up to a total of 48) that advanced out of Challenge #3 will participate in the final writing challenge. They are
assigned a new genre, location, and object and again have 2 days to
submit a 1,000 word story. The judges choose winners and they'll
share in thousands in
cash and prizes.
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