“The Joy of Argument” Flash Essay Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted a flash essay to “The Joy of Argument” flash essay contest.  We received lots of ridiculous arguments.  You can browse all of the entries here.

Before we announce the winners, don’t forget to check out The Joy of Argument by Albert The Joy of ArgumentNavarra. This succinct guide to argument is chock full of tips to help you use argument as a tool to get what you want. Mr. Navarra, along with his publisher, Boyle & Dalton, have graciously supported Columbus Creative Cooperative and provided the prizes for this contest.

Learn more about The Joy of Argument here.

There were two contest winners.  One was selected by popular vote, and the other was selected by our esteemed judge, author and attorney Albert Navarra.

Mr. Navarra selected “The Art of Boredom: The One Subject American Schools Lack” by Diane Koffman as his winner. Diane’s piece was selected from the pool of entries based on the effectiveness of her argument, as well as the creativity demonstrated in choosing an absurd subject for which to argue. Vote count was not considered in this selection.

Nice work, Diane! Bragging rights are yours, and you’ve got $100 in prize money headed your way.

Read “The Art of Boredom” by Diane Koffman here. 

Now for your votes. Drum roll!

The top vote earner with 178 votes is “Taking Recycling to the Next Level” by Bob Garrett. Congratulations, Bob! Popular vote just netted you $100 in prize money.

Read “Taking Recycling to the Next Level” by Bob Garrett by clicking here. 

Special thanks goes to Albert Navarra and his publisher, Boyle & Dalton. If you’ve enjoyed this contest (or you need help becoming better at crafting your own arguments), consider checking out The Joy of Argument.

Thanks also to all the contestants who entered their best arguments. Absurd arguments were plentiful, which made for a fun judging process. Read all of the entries here.

The Joy of Argument Flash Essay Contest Ends Friday!

The Joy of Argument Flash Essay Contest closes this Friday, 07/15 at 11:59 p.m. Don’t miss The Joy of Argumentyour shot at one of two $100.00 prizes!

Find complete rules and instructions for entering this contest here. 

Submit the most well-crafted argument you can for the most absurd premise you can think of, wrapping it up in 2,500 characters or less. One top vote earner will win $100.00, and another will be chosen by our esteemed judge Albert Navarra, attorney and author of The Joy of Argument.

Do you think goldfish should be allowed in movie theaters? Should spam be a mandatory side order at all breakfast joints? Would a statue of Jeff Goldblum enhance the natural beauty of your local park?

Convince us.

We’ve received some interesting submissions so far. Browse all entries here, and then submit your own to beat out the competition.

Time’s a tickin’! Click here to submit your own argument.

This neat-o flash essay contest is sponsored by The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra.  Mr. Navarra, together with his publisher, Boyle & Dalton, have graciously supported the organization and provided funding for this contest’s prizes.

The Joy of Argument is a succinct guide to crafting better arguments.  Packed full of helpful tips and concrete strategies for engaging in productive, healthy discussion and disagreement, this book will help you to get more of what you want in life, and less of what you don’t.  Grab a copy from your favorite retailer and start expressing yourself more effectively.

Learn more and find links to retailers at www.JoyofArgument.comThe Joy of Argument is available from all major retailers in both print and digital formats.

Craft an Absurd Argument, Win $100

Our flash essay contest is underway! We’ve received some truly absurd arguments already, and we’re looking forward to reading yours before the contest closes on 07/15.

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Browse contest entries and learn how to enter by clicking here. 

If you’re interested in winning one of two $100 cash prizes, here’s your mission:

Craft the strongest argument you can muster for the most ridiculous stance. Our judge, Albert Navarra (a practiced attorney and author of The Joy of Argument), will be looking for the most persuasive essay on the most outrageous subject.

A second $100 winner will be chosen by public vote, so the sooner you submit your piece, the sooner it can garner the votes it needs to win! Get rules and instructions for entering here. 

This is, arguably, the greatest flash essay contest out there. We’ve already received entries that promote boredom in school, detail the reasons why you should kill your mother, extol the drinking of urine and, of course, at least one argument promoting Donald Trump for president. Browse all submitted entries here. 

Think you can top these? Prove it! Submit your own argument for a shot at $100. Get theThe Joy of Argument rules and instructions for entering here.

This awesome flash essay contest is sponsored by The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra.  Mr. Navarra, together with his publisher, Boyle & Dalton, have graciously supported the organization and provided funding for this contest’s prizes.

The Joy of Argument is a succinct guide to crafting better arguments.  Packed full of helpful tips and concrete strategies for engaging in productive, healthy discussion and disagreement, this book will help you to get more of what you want in life, and less of what you don’t.  Grab a copy from your favorite retailer and start expressing yourself more effectively.

Learn more and find links to retailers at www.JoyofArgument.comThe Joy of Argument is available from all major retailers in both print and digital formats.

“The Joy of Argument” Flash Essay Contest Now Live!

Our latest and greatest flash writing contest is now open!  We’ll be giving away two $100 prizes!  Get all of the details and instructions for entering here (click).

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to craft the strongest argument for the most absurd thing.  Our judge, Albert Navarra (a debate expert and author of the book The Joy of Argument) will be looking for the most successful and persuasive essay for the most outrageous position.

A second winner will be chosen by public popular vote.

You may start submitting entries today!  And the sooner you submit, the more time you’ll have to publicize your story and gather votes.  Make an argument for why pants should be worn backwards, taxi drivers should be required to dress in bear costumes, or why carbonated antifreeze should be newest sports drink fad.  Argue for whatever you want, just keep it PG-13.

Remember, our prizes are really cool, but this contest is just for fun.  Enjoy it!

The Joy of ArgumentThis awesome flash essay contest is sponsored by The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra.  Mr. Navarra, together with his publisher, Boyle & Dalton, have graciously supported the organization and provided funding for this contest’s prizes.

The Joy of Argument is a succinct guide to crafting better arguments.  Packed full of helpful tips and concrete strategies for engaging in productive, healthy discussion and disagreement, this book will help you to get more of what you want in life, and less of what you don’t.  Grab a copy from your favorite retailer and start expressing yourself more effectively.

Learn more and find links to retailers at www.JoyofArgument.comThe Joy of Argument is available from all major retailers in both print and digital formats.
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New Flash Fiction Contest — Coming Soon

It’s been awhile since we’ve hosted a flash fiction contest. Hopefully, this hiatus has given perf5.500x8.500.inddyour writerly brain lots of time to stew up fantastical story ideas.

Our next flash fiction contest will open for entries on June 6th, 2016. The theme won’t be announced until opening day, but read on for clues and information about our fabulous prizes. If Ca$h money doesn’t get you gettin’ creative, I don’t know what will.

Here’s your first (and only) theme clue: This flash fiction contest is sponsored by The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra (Boyle & Dalton, 2015). In an age of cringe-worthy televised debates and the wild west of social media comment sections, this book is a compact guide to intelligent discourse. Whether you use argument in your professional life, or you simply want to make your opinions heard in everyday conversation, The Joy of Argument can help.

Learn more about The Joy of Argument here.

Buying this book will not be a requirement for entering the contest, but you’d be wise to hone your argument skills prior to June 6th. (Hint, hint. Nudge, nudge.)

Two winners will be selected from the pool of submissions. One winner will be chosen by the public via popular vote and awarded a prize of $100.00. The sooner you submit your story after the contest opens, the sooner you can begin collecting votes, so be ready to roll on June 6th!

The second winner will be selected by a panel of CCC judges, and will be also be awarded $100.00.

As with all of our contests, every winner takes home bragging rights, which they are strongly encouraged to lord over everyone they know.

We’ll announce more details as the contest draws near, but for now, get your brain wheels turning! Questions? Contact us here.

“Ohio Springs Forth” Flash Fiction Contest – Vote or Enter Your Story

We’ve launched a new Flash Fiction Contest!  We hope our “Ohio Springs Forth” contest puts you in the mood for warmer weather!

Click here to check out the contest.  You can vote for stories that have been submitted, or you can submit your own!

Two winners will each take home a $25 Amazon.com gift card.  One winner will be chosen by your votes, and the other will be chosen by a CCC judge.  A bunch of finalists will also be sent free books.

We hope the prizes make it more interesting, but remember that these flash fiction contests are just for fun.  We hope you throw a quick story into the ring and enjoy the contest!

Details and instructions for entering can be found on the contest page here.

Contact us with any questions.

If you enjoy our contests, consider supporting Columbus Creative Cooperative by purchasing a Read Local T-shirt. $7 of each T-shirt sale goes to CCC to help fund cool contests, events and other opportunities.

There isn’t any CCC branding on the T-shirts. Rather than choosing to advertise Columbus Creative Cooperative, we want to promote the idea that “Reading Local” is important. We think it’s important  to support local writers, and we hope you do too.

Click here to order a cool T-shirt here and support reading local

Thanks for your support and good luck in our Flash Fiction contest!CCCTShirtswithOffer

Spooooky Flash Fiction Contest Winners Announced

Damn. It got Spooooky up in here.  Not just regular spooky either, I’m talking full-bore four-o spooooky.

Our Spooooky Flash Fiction Contest is now complete!  We’ve got ten winners to announce.

Best of Ohio Short StoriesEach author was given three random images and asked to write a spooooky story based on the provided images.  This contest was brought to you by the release of Best of Ohio Short Stories, our newest anthology.

You can browse all of the flash fiction entries here.

Popular Vote

Three winners were chosen by popular vote.  The top vote earner wins, and two more of the top 10 vote earners were also randomly selected to take a home a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.

Our winners are:
“Blow” by Adam Koeth
“Transit” by Matthew Seabaugh
“Memories” by Benjamin Miller

Nice work!  Congratulations to all three winners.

Judges Finalists

Three stories were selected by CCC judges as finalists.  Vote count did NOT factor into the decision.

Our judges were looking for stories that successfully created character and plot, with effective use of imagery and dialog, and which created a story larger than the text on the page.

Seven in a Jeep by Ed GaydosEach finalist will receive an autographed copy of Seven in a Jeep by Ed Gaydos.

Our three finalists, as selected by CCC judges are:

“Blow” by Adam Koeth
“Destiny Averted” by Craig Lovelace
“A Pact with a Poltergeist” by Heather Constantinescu

Nice work finalists!  The three of you put together excellent stories in a very short amount of time.  You’ve each got a copy of Seven in a Jeep on the way!

The Grand Champion

One of the finalists has been selected as the grand champion.  Vote count did not factor into the selection of the grand champion.  Ultimately, we chose the story that was the spooookiest!

Congratulation to Adam Koeth, your story “Blow” is our grand champion!  You’ve won your choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card!

Read “Blow” by Adam Koeth here. Excellent work, Adam!

Three more random voters will also be contacted and sent a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.  Thanks to everyone who voted in our contest!

Don’t forget to check out our newest anthology, Best of Ohio Short Stories!  If you enjoyed this contest, please support Columbus Creative Cooperative by purchasing a copy of this great anthology, or becoming a member.

A special thanks goes out to Columbus Press and Ed Gaydos for donating three autographed copies of Seven in a Jeep: A Memoir of the Vietnam War to be used as prizes.  Find more information about the book at www.SeveninaJeep.com.

And finally, thank you to all of the contestants who entered stories.  There were lots of great stories, you can find them all here.

“Spooooky” Flash Fiction Contest Ends Tonight!

At 11:59 pm today our “Spooooky” flash fiction contest will be closed forever. If you haven’t submitted a story yet, this is your last chance!

In the spirit of getting spooooky, winners will be announced on October 31st.

Get started here!

We’re giving away ten prizes!

Three top vote earners will receive a copy of our Columbus: Past, Present and Future anthology. The top vote earner will be awarded a copy, as well as two randomly selected top ten vote earners.

Three finalists will be selected by CCC judges based on their overall writing quality, creative use of images and plot and character development. These three winners will each receive an autographed, limited-edition Advance Review Copy of Seven in a Jeep. Vote count is not a factor in selection of these finalists. Even if you submit your story at the last moment, you could still be in the running for the grand prize!

One grand champion, chosen from the three finalists, will be awarded his/her choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

You don’t have to submit a story to win. Three randomly selected voters will also receive a copy of our Columbus: Past, Present and Future anthology. Each time you vote is another chance to win a prize!

Browse all of the entries here.

Even though it’s the last day of the contest, you still have lots of opportunities to win prizes.

If you enjoy CCC contests we encourage you to support future projects by purchasing one of our anthologies. Our most recent book, Best of Ohio Short Stories, was just released and is a fantastic read.

Happy writing and good luck!

“Spooooky” Flash Fiction Contest Ends Monday!

We’re nearing the end of our “Spooooky” flash fiction contest. Monday, October 28th, is the last day to enter a story and have a shot at winning an Amazon Kindle or one of our other awesome prizes.

Find complete rules and instructions for entering here.

We’ve received some excellent stories so far. Browse all of the submissions here.

Adam Koeth’s story “Blow”, leads the vote count at the time of this posting. Adam has done some fantastically creepy character development in just four paragraphs.

Our most recent submission is “Red Lips”, by Sean Coppens. This story gets spooooky in the first sentence and doesn’t stop there.

Remember, we’ll be giving away three prizes to three random voters. Each time you vote for a story is another chance to win. Vote here!

Time’s a tickin’! Get your “Spooooky” flash fiction entry in before it’s too late. Get started here.

Contact emily@ohiowriters.org with any questions.

Good luck!

Get Spooooky

Feeling spooky?  Not good enough!

If you’re not feeling four-O SPOOOOKY, you’ve got no business in this flash fiction contest.

Our newest random images flash fiction contest is in full swing through October 28.  Writers are given thee random (possibly spooooky) images, and are asked to write a story that incorporates all three images in 2,500 characters or less.

Find the contest, including directions for entering, by clicking here.

We’re giving away a bunch of cool prizes, including an Amazon Kindle (or a $50 gift card if you already have one), a bunch of copies of Columbus: Past, Present and Future, and we even snagged a few autographed copies of Seven in a Jeep by Ed Gaydos.

There are three ways to win: 1) Get a lot of votes for your story; 2) Be selected as a great story by the CCC judges; or 3) Vote on stories–three random voters also win.

As with all of our contests, this is just for fun.  Anyone caught taking it too seriously will be disqualified with great prejudice.

We hope it stimulates your creativity!  The sooner you submit your story, the sooner you can begin collecting votes!

Good luck!  Contact Emily at Emily@ColumbusCoop.org with any questions.