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September 20, 2016 > Flash Fiction Contest

Flash Fiction Contest

Submitted By Arathi Satish

Flash Fiction Contest is a unique local writing contest conducted annually by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) that challenges writers to create short stories of 300 words or less. The FCAC is sponsoring this yearÕs event along with Half Price Books on Saturday, September 24.

This yearÕs entries in the contest have to feature a non-human as the main character. It could be an inanimate object, an animal, a plant, a space alien, or anything apart from a human being. The stories will be posted in Half Price Books for everyone to read between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Attendees can cast a ballot for their favorite; ballots will be counted and winners selected at the end of the event.

In the past FCAC has received as many as 100 entries, which makes for a lot of reading. So contest organizer Al Minard offered some suggestions to the writers. ÒThe writer needs to catch the readerÕs attention in the first sentence. If you can catch their attention they might read your entire story. Then continue amplifying your story and close with a twist so that it brings a smile, or grimace. This will give you a better chance to win one of the five awards.Ó

Each author is allowed to enter up to three stories that do not contain plagiarism or that would be offensive to the general reader. There is no age restriction and there is also no childrenÕs or adult category. In this contest everyone is even. The readers who come in to read the stories will fill out a score sheet indicating their favorites. Five prizes are given to the winners: first place is $65 cash; second place $55 cash; third place $45, which includes a $25 gift card to Half Price Books; fourth place $35, which includes a $25 gift card to Half Price Books; and the fifth place a $25gift card to Half Price Books.

Light refreshments will be provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes and Half Price Books. For more information visit or contact Al Minard at (510) 552-4839.

Flash Fiction Contest
Saturday, September 24
10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
Half Price Books
39152 Fremont Hub, Fremont
(510) 793-6060

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