2019 Flash Writing Contest Rules

New Rules for TNWC’s Annual Flash Writing Contest By Marion Grace

This is a contest for TNWC members only. The judge is always someone from outside the club.

As a result of the survey sent to TNWC membership, the Annual Flash Writing Contest has been changed in the following ways:

We have several award-winning, published authors who have agreed to be on our annual available judges list. This list excludes TNWC authors and is being compiled from continuing responses from 18 area writers’ clubs. The list will continue to grow and be an answer to finding a judge.

TNWC will pay the judge $100 for the first 25 entries and another $4 for each additional entry. This payment is for a substantial critique from the judge for each entry. The funds for this is from the club, not from the submission fee.

After the contest is completed, the judge may identify him/herself to get credit as a judge. The board will find the judge from the list. The board will give the opening prompt that will allow participation by non-fiction, fiction, poetry, or any genre. The board members will not be allowed to participate in the contest.

The contest will begin June 1st with a deadline to submit to be Friday, September 6th at 11:59 pm. That gives everyone 3 months to write, 3 months will be given to the judge, and results will be ready by Saturday, November 30th. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize with honorable mentions at the discretion of the judge.

The amount of money given in the first three prizes will depend on the number of submissions at $5.00 each. The winners will be announced at our annual Christmas party.

It is our hope that more members will participate with the changes we are introducing. The board has chosen our prompt for the 2019 Flash Writing Contest. All entries must start with the following four words: the sun shone cold  Notice there are no capital letters, quotation marks, nor is there a period. That is so you can add them or not. It’s all up to you.

Here are the rules for our Flash Writing Contest:

Maximum limit is 500 words, including the title. Total may be less than 500. Each submission needs a separate title page with the title, author’s name, address, phone number and email. If the author’s name appears anywhere else, the submission will be disqualified. Each submission must start with the following opening words: the sun shone cold  Each submission must have a $5.00 submission fee. Cash and Checks are accepted.

Start your first page with the word count in the upper right corner of the header. The rest of the pages can use the header for an abbreviated title on the upper left, and the page numbers in the upper right corner starting with the second page. Words in the header will not add to the total word count.

Use 12-point font, Times New Roman or one similar which gives approximately 250 words or 25 lines per page. Our contest will begin officially on June 1st. All submissions should be sent to Marion Grace at jnmgrace@att.net no later than Friday, September 6th at 11:59 pm. You will get a notice that I have received your submission(s). Any questions? Contact Marion Grace at jnmgrace@att.net.

Make out the check or money order to Tulsa NightWriters Club. If you are a member, email me for the address. You can pay in cash at the TNWC meetings if you’d like.