FLASH FICTION COMPETITION

Sharpen those pencils, fire up that laptop and get ready because we’ve got a challenge for you! Calgary Expo is teaming up with U of C's Calgary Distinguished Writers Program to bring you a Flash Fiction Competition!

WAIT, WHAT IS A FLASH FICTION COMPETITION?

Good Question! A Flash Fiction Competition is a competition that challenges writers to create a short story (1000 words max.) in 72 hours! You pick the genre and the setting, BUT the story must include a very specific item. The catch? You won’t find out what that item is until the competition officially opens!

HOW IT WORKS:

Sign up in advance online. Registration opens June 14th @ 12:00pm and is open until the participant cap of 125 is reached.

Keep an eye on your inbox! At 12:01am on Friday June 18th 2021 you’ll receive an email with three items. You must include at least one of these items in your story. How you do so is completely up to you! Figuratively? Literally? Be as creative as you want!

WRITE! You’ve got 72 hours to write, edit and submit your story (maximum 1000 words). Submissions officially close at 11:59pm Sunday June 20th!

Pssst – we all love a good Fan Fic, but original content only please!!

All submissions will be reviewed by our panel of judges. The winners will be selected by our amazing panel of authors and publishing industry professionals!

Tune into Calgary Expo's social media channels on Wednesday June 30th, when we announce the winners.

PRIZING:

1st Place

  • Two (2) Weekend passes to any future Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo
  • Your story posted on the Calgary Expo Website
  • Your story featured in an upcoming issue of the FHQ
  • A copy of Meg Braem's graphic novel; Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance
  • Value $250.00 CAD

2nd Place

  • One (1) Saturday Pass and one (1) Youth Saturday Pass to any future Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo
  • Your story posted on the Calgary Expo Website
  • A copy of Meg Braem's graphic novel; Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance
  • Value $110.00 CAD

3rd Place

  • A Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo Fan Pack
  • Your story post on the Calgary Expo website
  • A copy of Meg Braem's graphic novel; Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance
  • Value $60.00 CAD

Calgary Flash Fiction Judges


Meg Braem
Meg Braem

Meg Braem is 2020-2021 Canadian Writer-in-Residence with the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary. Her plays have been nominated for a Governors General’s Literary Award and won the Alberta Literary Award for Drama. She is a two-time winner of the Alberta Playwriting Competition. Meg’s work has been presented at the Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, The Belfry Theatre, Sage Theatre, Sparrow and Finch Theatre, Theatre Transit, Atomic Vaudeville, and Intrepid Theatre. She is a past playwright-in-residence at Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre and member of the Citadel Playwrights Forum. Her publications include Blood: A Scientific Romance (Playwrights Canada Press, 2013) The Josephine Knot (Playwrights Canada Press, 2018) and co-author with Norah Bowman and Dominique Hui, Feminist Resistance: A Graphic Approach (University of Toronto Press, 2019). Meg was the director of Alberta Theatre Projects’ Playwrights Unit for two years and is a past Lee Playwright-in-Residence at The University of Alberta.

Carol Parchewsky
Carol Parchewsky

Carol Parchewsky is a writer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Carol writes poetry, creative non-fiction, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. She is working on a collection of short stories and two novels. Carol is President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Board of Directors, the largest provincial writers guild in Canada. She received her MFA in Fiction at Queens University of Charlotte. She was fiction co-editor for QU Literary magazine.

RULES & REGULATIONS

No purchase required. Fans are invited to enter The Contest by registering through the Calgary Expo website between June 14th, 2021 at 12:00pm and June 17th at 11:59pm, (or until the maximum registrant cap of 125 is reached). On June 18th, all registrants will be invited to start writing their original story, no longer than 1000 words each, which must contain one of three specific story elements provided by the Administrators (registrants may choose which of the three elements to use). All stories must be submitted online by June 20th, 2021 at 11:59pm.