Thank you to everyone who participated in round 5  of the WU Flash Fiction Contest. It was great to see so many new faces in the contest — inspired, perhaps, by our amazing grand prize reveal ? You’ll find the winner of round 5 below, so stay tuned!
Our June contest is now open. Write a 250 word story about the picture above to be in the running for an absolutely fabulous prize pack. You have one week, so get writing!
- Each submission must be 250 words or fewer.
- Each story must contain a beginning, middle, and end. Like all stories, a compelling narrative is essential.
- All submitted work must be original, not published elsewhere, and written by you. After the contest, what you do with your story is up to you; we hold no claim on your work.
- Each submission must be made in the comment section of the prompt post.
- No more than two entries per person, per prompt will be eligible for any given month.
- Deadline for entries will be one week after the prompt is posted, meaning 7 a.m. EST on the second Saturday of the month.
- The winning story each month will be selected by a mix of votes in the form of Likes in the comment section and our own discretion (which includes a blind-reading of the entries by a panel).
What the winner receives:
Each month’s winning story will be announced the following month, and republished on Writer Unboxed, along with the author’s bio, and links to the winner’s website and social media accounts. As well as this platform-raising exposure, the monthly winner gets bragging rights and the exclusive opportunity to compete for the grand prize in December.
In December, each of the monthly winners will be asked to write a new flash fiction story based on a new prompt. The overall winning story will be selected by a mix of votes via a poll and our own discretion.
The overall winner of the 2015 Writer Unboxed Flash Fiction Contest will be announced by the end of December 2015, and will receive:
- A signed copy of Dave King ‘s Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
- A signed copy of David Corbett ‘s The Art of Character
- A 15-page manuscript critique by bestselling author Catherine McKenzie  (double spaced, normal margins, Times New Roman 12pt font)
- A one-hour Skype lesson with Scrivener expert, Rebeca Schiller 
- A free, nontransferable pass to attend the next Writer Unboxed UnConference (does not include travel or hotel expenses)
The other finalists will receive the a beautiful “Edit” poster from Three Figs Villa , as kindly donated by the generous Cyd Peroni.
Good luck and happy writing!
And now… announcing the winner of Round 5 of the WU Flash Fiction Contest.
Cathryn Grant (“A Short Distance”)
Alexander Hollins (“Samantha walked towards the tunnel, staring at where the body had been.”)
Veronica Smith (“It was an ordinary archway; like many we’d encountered strolling through the park.”)
Congratulations Cathryn, Alexander, and Veronia. I’m looking forward to reading more of your work this month.
With her second winning entry of this competition, earning her a second entry into the December finals round, please say congratulations to the winner of round 5:
Larissa Thomson .
Please read and enjoy the full story, in its encore performance.
The tour guide wore a pair of brown Oxfords, a pince-nez, and a librarian bun.
“This was one of five tunnels built here for the transcontinental railway in the late 1800s,” she said, adjusting her glasses on her nose. “White workers were difficult to come by, so they hired the Chinese. Mostly for setting the detonations. They were cheap.”
The guide paused.
The now-defunct railway had left a deep scar carved through the slope.
Melissa stood quietly in the group. A grey-haired man beside her snorted “harrumph”; she noted his hyena-like face and pale rheumy eyes, and she watched as he stared blankly up the mountain’s treacherous incline. As the group started to walk under the archway towards the next tunnel, he brushed abruptly passed her, turning and glaring at her as he did.
“The tunnel that was originally here collapsed twenty years ago…”
She pulled a photo and plastic bag out from her pocket.
“…and then this smaller archway was built.”
The photo was a young Chinese man standing in a kitchen. She placed it inside the bag and then walked towards the archway after them. Finding a thin crevice in the bricks, she nudged the bag in, recalling the writing on the back of the photo:
“This is my great-grandfather, An Lo Chin. My grandmother said he was good at fixing bicycles and cooking. He limped from chopping off his own toe. He helped build this railroad and died doing it.
Lest We Forget.”
Larissa Thomson  is “just a small town girl, living in a lonely worl……” Oh. No? Ok, truth be told, she’s not a small town girl (anymore), and she lives on the West Coast of B.C.. She’s currently trying to hone her voice and skill in the short story department before taking the plunge in to, gulp, a novel. She’s really lucky to be surrounded by crazy and interesting people who will, more than likely, become characters in that novel (whether they like it or not). In the meantime, she’s collecting mannerisms and expressions from her recalcitrant teen and story ideas from her husband who, thankfully, sees the world very differently than she does.
Congratulations, Larissa! You’ve earned yourself a second place in December’s final round of the 2015 WU Flash Fiction Contest.