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Funny Flash Fiction Short Story Contest Submission Form

Mark Twain is well-loved as a master of the pithy retort. His pen was as sharp as his wit. 

Have you, yourself, ever tried your hand at writing a short story in the vein of Mark Twain? Are you up for the challenge now? 

Send them our way! There will be prizes in three categories: Adult, High School, and Middle School. A public presentation of selected writers reading their short stories will be on Saturday, September 21st at 5pm. Finalists who present will receive a complimentary admission for themselves and a guest to the evening's performance of "An Evening with Mark Twain" at 7:30pm.

There are no style constrictions. We only ask that your short story be inspired by the humor, language, subjects, rhythm, or tone of Mark Twain's work. We request stories are no longer than 1,000 words (about 4 pages long). 

Our judges this year are local author and poet Liz Kay and Metropolitan Community College English Professor Steve Lovett. 

The short story contest submission deadline is September 11th at midnight. Writers invited to read their stories at the Joslyn Castle will be notified by September 14th. 

Submit Your Funny Flash Fiction Short Story

Word Count Limit is 1,000