Thank you to everyone who participated in round 10  of the WU Flash Fiction Contest. Every month, I am surprised and impressed anew by the different perspectives everyone takes using the same prompt.
Can you believe it’s already November? This is your last chance to score a place in next month’s grand final. As always, you have seven days to write a 250 word story based on the image above. We’re getting so close to declaring our overall winner, I can almost taste the anticipation. There have also been a few extra prizes added the grand prize, so make sure you check those out below. And now, on to the fine print.
- 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 of judges).
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, non-transferable pass to attend the next Writer Unboxed UnConference (does not include travel or hotel expenses)
- A copy of John Vorhaus ‘s Poole’s Paradise
- A copy of Erika Liodice ‘s Empty Arms
- A copy of Grand Central, a compilation of stories featuring Erika Robuck 
All finalists will receive a beautiful “Edit” poster from Three Figs Villa , as kindly donated by the generous Cyd Peroni.
And now… announcing the winner of Round 10 of the WU Flash Fiction Contest.
Nancy Hatch (“Ghosts”)
Vincent Bracchio (“The young man balancing on the castle ruins…”)
Kris J Nichols (“The day was gray, the slopes were green…”
Linda N. Merryman (“Nature Rules”)
Congratulations to all of you. It was a really tight contest this month. Good luck in November.
Congratulations to our October winner: Anna Chapman. Please read and enjoy her story in its encore performance:
Deirdre and I stood on the bridge with our backs to the ruined castle and watched the American newlyweds approaching from the village, with their backpacks and walking sticks.
“Did you tell them about the legend?” I asked.
“Pooh. Of course not. It isn’t true, anyway. Siobhan, you are so timid.”
“But what if it is true? They trust us. And they’ve paid in advance, right?”
“Oh, I almost forgot,” said Deirdre. “Here’s your share: one-third. Mine is two-thirds for setting it up.”
That was Deirdre, always managing to get more for herself. Always saying “pooh” when I expressed an opinion, or suggested a better way to do things at the inn where we worked. If I hadn’t mentioned pay, no telling how long she would have “forgotten.”
The Americans were tramping over the bridge now, smiling and happy. We escorted them inside and showed them places on the uneven floor where they could spread their sleeping bags. The young bride ran to the open window. “What a gorgeous view!”
They were so nice, so innocent, I couldn’t help but speak. “There’s an old legend…Just be careful not to touch the stone walls at sunset. After dark you’ll be safe.”
They looked alarmed for a moment, then shrugged and laughed. Deirdre frowned at me and leaned casually against the wall. “See?” she said. “It’s almost sunset now.”
In the next minute she was gone, pulled into the stone wall by the hungry ancient dead: cold stone themselves.
Anna Chapman, originally from Alaska, has lived most of her adult life in New Hampshire and Vermont. She is a freelance editor specializing in medical journals and has learned not to wince at the illustrations. Sources of writing inspiration: memory, things people say, speculation, talkative ancestors, colors, water both fluid and frozen, history and biography, faces and hands, trees and their shadows, and her writing buddies. Her poems and short pieces have appeared in Explorations (UAS), Yankee, Planet Vermont Quarterly, the Berkshire Women’s Times, and Birchsong. She is currently working on a book about a narrow slice of Alaskan history.
Congratulations, Anna. Good luck to everyone taking part in the final round of the 2015 Flash Fiction Contest.