Hint Fiction Contest

***This contest has closed and the winner can be found here***

My essay “Hint Fiction: When Flash Fiction Becomes Just Too Flashy” is up today at Flash Fiction Chronicles, which is Every Day Fiction’s writing blog. I talk about how short you can make a story until it’s no longer considered a story. I even attempt to coin a term.

And to celebrate this monumental event, we’re having a contest.

The rules are quite simple: write a Hint Fiction story and enter it into the comments section. You can submit up to two. Reprints? Sure, but please note where it was first published. Deadline is midnight April 30th.

Now for those of you asking yourselves what is Hint Fiction, check out the essay. Or, if you’re too lazy, Hint Fiction is anything under 25 words, title not included.

As a special treat, the one and only Stewart O’Nan — author of so many great novels, including Snow Angels, A Prayer For The Dying, Last Night At The Lobster, and Songs For The Missing — has agreed to be the final judge.

Here’s the process: Gay Degani and I will each pick our top ten and send them to Mr. O’Nan with the bylines stripped. As soon as he picks a winner, I’ll announce it here.

And what does the winner receive?

A $25 gift certificate to Amazon. Which basically works out to a dollar a word. Which, if you think about it, ain’t too shabby.

Wait — there’s more!

We are also running a second contest.

To help spread the word about Hint Fiction, we’re asking you to post a link to this contest on your blog or website. E-mail me the link of your post at rswartwood (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll write your name on a piece of paper and drop it in a hat. Once the contest deadline is reached (remember, midnight April 30th) I’ll pick a name out of said hat and that winner will receive a paperback copy of The Best Of Every Day Fiction 2008. (Which, if you think about it, ain’t too shabby either.)

All right, that’s it for now. Get writing!

***UPDATE: Barry Graham, editor of Dogzplot, has graciously donated a copy of Sam Pink’s collection I Am Going To Clone Myself Then Kill The Close And Eat It, a copy of Barry’s own collection The National Virginity Pledge, and a copy of Ken Baumann’s Stamp Story from ML Press to the final winner of this contest. Which means in addition to the $25 gift certificate, the winner will also receive these three fine works. Which means Barry just helped bump this contest to the next level. Thanks, Barry!***

***UPDATE: Because of the sudden popularity of this contest, the decision has been made to also award prizes to a second and third place winners. Details found here.***

1 Response to “Hint Fiction Contest”

  1. 1 Robert Swartwood April 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    All right, folks, that’s it. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We’ll try to run through the entries as fast as we can, but it might take awhile — after all, we want to come up with the very best to send to Stewart O’Nan. Which means I can’t give you a definite date on when we’ll announce the winners. My suggestion is either check back here periodically, or follow me on Twitter — http://twitter.com/robertswartwood — as I’ll be updating the progress as we go. Thanks again, and good luck!

    P.S. For those curious, yes the time stamp does say 11:03, but that’s because I never switched it for Daylight Savings — WordPress makes you do it manually and I never saw a reason to do it. Rest assured, the contest closed at midnight.

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