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Monday, July 20, 2009


Story Contest: Past Loves Day 2009

Deadline August 16.

No entry fee.

Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both. What did she or he mean to you? In particular, how did that person's presence in your life change you, and what do you still carry with you? Your story may be heart-warming or humorous. Just tell it as if you were talking to a good friend.

First Prize: $100 Second Prize: $75 Third Prize: $50 Honorable Mention(s)

Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on the website.


flashquake is an independent, quarterly, web-based publication that focuses on works of flash fiction, flash nonfiction (memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction, humor) and short poetry.

flashquake is a quality paying venue for literary writers, and we award stipends to all chosen contributors in each category. We reserve the right to withhold some or all of the stipends to be awarded depending on the quality of the work submitted.

flashquake defines "flash" as prose (fiction or nonfiction) of less than 1000 words in length. However, we admire brevity and will receive shorter works favorably. For poetry, our maximum limit is 35 lines per poem; prose poetry must not exceed 300 words in length.

We accept submissions in each of four categories:
Flash fiction
Flash nonfiction — (memoirs, essays, creative nonfiction)
Poetry — (free verse, prose poetry)

We're open to almost any type of writing within those categories. Specifically, we're looking for original work with fresh ideas and strong, clean, concise writing. We will consider reprints of previously published work, as long as the author has retained all rights. We want to see pieces that readers will think about after they've finished reading them.

Anniversary News

40 years ago today, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.

Obituary News

Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning, Angela's Ashes died Sunday 7-19-09 at age 78.

Angela's Ashes was a remarkable novel and Mr. McCourt had a remarkable life. RIP Frank McCourt.

RIP Walter Cronkite, 92, who also died this past weekend. He was the US news anchorman everyone trusted, back when journalists reported the news instead of slanting it. If only journalism could return to unbiased reporting.

Henry Allingham, the world's oldest living man and the last surviving British veteran of WWI died at 113 years old on Saturday, 7-18-09.


Shelley Munro said...

We've watched quite a few documentaries about the space program this week. In fact we're watching Apollo 13, the movie right now. :)

Maria Zannini said...

LOL. Looks like it's space week.

Greg and I reminisced yesterday that we both stayed up late that night and watched the moon landing live on tv. We didn't know each other back then, but it seems we shared the experience nonetheless.