Flash Fiction Winners – Ohio Springs Forth

Thank you to everyone who submitted a flash fiction story to our “Ohio Springs Forth” flash fiction contest.  There were a lot of fun entries.  You can browse all of the submitted stories here.

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Altogether, there are two winners and ten finalists.  Half were selected by popular vote, and the other half were selected by CCC judges.

Emily Hitchcock, esteemed Deputy Director of CCC, selected the five finalists for this contest.  These finalists were selected for the quality of the story, and vote count was not considered. The finalists, listed in order of submission:

“Photo Booth” by Adam Gellings
“My Best Friend is Melting” by Karen Kaufman
“Memorial Day” by Karl Ziellenbach
“A Welcomed Visitor” by Caitlin Fishman
“First Signs of Spring” by Tabitha Wilson

Congratulations to these five finalists.  You’ve demonstrated an excellent capacity to create a story in a very short amount of time. Each of you will be awarded a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.

I selected the winner.  One of the things that I look for in a great piece of flash fiction is that the writer created a story that was bigger than what was on the page.  Through the effective use of language, the author presented a whole world, and the limited number of words on the page allow me to imagine a much larger iceberg hidden under the surface.  I also look for the author’s ability to create compelling characters, and a complete plot arc in a short space, as well as the effective use of dialog and action sequencing.

The winner I selected surprised me.  From the title, the subject matter was obvious, and I expected something sentimental, hokey and cliche.  But what I found was a complete story, with a world that started before the first sentence and continued on after the last.  I laughed out loud, and in just a few paragraphs got a solid sense of the characters on the page.

The winner of the merit-based portion of the “Ohio Springs Forth” flash fiction contest is, “My Best Friend is Melting” by Karen Kaufman.  Great work, Karen!  All of the bragging rights are yours, and you’ve got a $25 Amazon.com gift card headed your way!  Excellent job!

columbus_anthology_LGNow for your votes.  Altogether, almost 1,500 votes were cast.  Based on those results, we’ll award the top five vote earners with a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.

The top five vote earners are:

“The Best is Yet to Come” by Hillary Craig (354 votes)
“Five Minues” by Adam Koeth (315 votes)“A Welcomed Visitor” by Caitlin Fishman (190 votes)
“Bike Ride” by Savannah Lyons (155 votes)
“Spring Break” by Rachel Crow (123 votes)

Congratulations!  A $25 Amazon.com gift card will be awarded to Hillary Craig for “The Best is Yet to Come!”  You did a tremendous job of spreading the word about your story and collecting a ton of votes!

Finally, as an added bonus, we will award a $25 Amazon.com gift card to “A Welcomed Visitor” by Caitlin Fishman for landing a spot on both the popular vote and the judge-selected finalists lists!  Nice work, Caitlin!

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this contest.  There are a lot of great entries that aren’t listed, and you can read all of them here.  This contest is just for fun, and to give writers’ a chance to engage in a challenging exercise.  We hope that everyone enjoyed it.

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Keep your eye out for more flash fiction fun in the near future.  And congratulations to all of our winners!

 

Flash Fiction Final Countdown

You have until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, 03/27 to submit for our ‘Ohio Springs Forth’ flash fiction contest.

It’s not too late to win!

One winner will be chosen by a CCC judge regardless of vote count. Even  this late in the game an underdog could take home a $25 Amazon.com gift card.

Click here to check out the contest.

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.

You can help choose the winner! Vote for your favorite stories here.

Prizes are awesome, but these contests are designed to get people writing for the fun of it. Throw a story in the mix and have some fun!

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!

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Are you a Flash Fiction winner?

Past Flash Fiction winners have been known to bask in the glory of their win for days. The $25 Amazon.com gift card is just a bonus with all the bragging rights that come with being a CCC Flash Fiction champion.

Do you think you have what it takes to win our “Ohio Springs Forth” Flash Fiction Contest?

Submitting is easy.

Write a quick story (2500 characters or less) set in Ohio in the spring. Log into your free CCC account (or create one here) and click “Ohio Springs Forth Flash Fiction Contest” to start your entry. Our judges will pick one winner, and the public will vote for another winner.

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

Whether you’re a veteran writer or someone who’s just starting out, these contests can be a great way to get your work out there and have some fun.

Just because you’ve never been published, doesn’t mean you’re not a great writer. Buck up your courage, get your creative juices flowing and crank out the winning story.

While you’re contemplating submitting, someone else is already earning votes for the win.

Get started here! 

If you enjoy our contests, anthologies or events consider supporting CCC with 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!

Questions? Contact Emily@ohiowriters.org

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“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