Flash Fiction Contest 2019


Short, Savory, Punchy, Sweet—You Decide

We want your stories for the Redwood Writers 2019 flash fiction/memoir contest. Here’s an opportunity to explore a form that forces you to make every word count.


In 750 words or fewer, plumb your favorite topics or dive into something new. Tell the truth or create a tall tale. Keyboard stories into your laptop while sipping coffee at a cafe, write via smartphone while standing in line at the post office, scribble on scrap paper while simmering soup in the kitchen. Then polish your stories, pick the best one, and send it in.


Flash fiction/memoir contest judges are acclaimed author of short fiction Stefanie Freele, master of poetry and prose Carly Perkins, and skilled author and popular writing instructor Skye Blaine.


Contest chair Laura McHale Holland has prompts up her sleeve for folks who enjoy using them, as well as fun ways to help you edit and generate stories. For instance, at the May membership meeting, she offered the following prompt: "He would have recognized her anywhere." Follow Redwood Writers on social media for more prompts.

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First prize:

Second prize:

Third prize:

Winners announced:

Sunday, August 11, 2019

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa

*In addition to the cash awards, every winner receives a certificate.

Winning stories will be published online.
The first-place story is published in winners' flier.



In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties.

Limit: one story per contestant.


Submission dates:

Open: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Close: Sunday, June 23, 2019 at midnight


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Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your submission. This is a blind judging.
  • Submit as a docx, doc, or pdf.
  • WORDCOUNT: maximum 750 words.
  • Work may be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher, self-published, complete works, or excerpts from larger works.
  • Format: Manuscripts must be double-spaced and use 12-pointTimes New Roman font.
  • Number the pages, bottom right.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Immediate family members of judges and chairs of this contest are not eligible to submit.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to "CWC Redwood," and write "Flash Fiction Contest" on the memo line.
    Please mail check to:
    Redwood Writers
    P.O. Box 4687
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Questions should be addressed to:
[email protected]
or use the form, below.



Skye Blaine

Skye Blaine writes memoir, fiction, and poetry, developing themes of aging, coming of age, disability, and awakening. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her novel, Unleashed, was released in 2017. She’s writing a sequel titled Must Like Dogs. Bound to Love: a memoir of grit and gratitude, published in 2015, has won three prizes, including two firsts. Skye teaches creative writing to older adults as Santa Rosa Junior College Adjunct Faculty.


Stefanie Freele

Stefanie Freele's published and forthcoming work can be found in Five Points, Witness, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, Wigleaf, Western Humanities Review, Sou'wester, Chattahoochee Review, The Florida Review, Quarterly West, and American Literary Review. Stefanie is the author of two short story collections, Feeding Strays, with Lost Horse Press, and Surrounded by Water, with Press 53.


Carly Perkins

Carly Perkins is a published poet and Japanese micropoetry enthusiast. She manages sponsor logistics and creative projects for O’Reilly Media’s AI and Data conferences worldwide, and reviews Bay Area concerts and record releases in her spare time. While studying at Sonoma State University from 2013 – 2015, she held the title of Senior Editor of the Small Press Publishing class: Zaum Press, in addition to editor of Volt magazine.



Laura McHale Holland-

Laura McHale Holland captures stories in diverse forms with an eye for illuminating truths that are often hidden. Having published four award-winning books, she’s now at work on a magical realism novel featuring a cast of quirky, sometimes contentious characters in the fictional river town of Kiminee, Illinois. She is also crafting a new flash fiction collection for members of her readers group. Find out more at LauraMcHaleHolland.com.

Email questions and comments to [email protected], or use the form, below.




Complete the contest registration form, and upload your story.

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