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Article by Bernadette Sukley, Flash Literature Contest Organizer

Conference participants who are interested in submitting to the Flash Literature contest at the 2020 GLVWG Write Stuff Writers Conference™ on March 12 – 14, please click the link below for submission guidelines. 

Flash Literature Rules and Regulations

The rules have changed from previous years. Entries must be 100 Words or less, excluding the title, in Times New Roman, font size 14ptYou may submit up to one entry in each of three categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Only registered Write Stuff attendees may submit Flash Lit entries. All entries are to be submitted electronically by selecting this link, Flash Literature Upload.

Please review Rules and Regulations before submitting.


To give you an idea of what attendees voted for, here are the winning titles from the 2019 Conference for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, followed by a reprint of the first place winner for each catagory.



  1. Tongues of Shoes by Douglas Harrell
  2. A Faerie’s Web by Tammy Burke
  3. My Love by Jamie Smith


Tongues of Shoes by Douglas Harrell (https://douglasharrell.com/)


Five months and nothing is the same, except

I trip over your shoes

They were where you kicked them off

Alone on the last nigh of your life

Because I was far away


For a precious moment

It was as though you were still here

You always left your shoes were they dropped

I used to scold you


Now, what a joy to almost fall

And to remember sharing my life with you


I took your shoes in my hands

And I laid them back

So I can trip again




Non Fiction

  1. That Word by Imogene Berry
  2. One Word by Katie Jeppson
  3. Not with a Bang by Christopher D. Ochs


That Word by Imogene Berry (https://twitter.com/Imogenius13)

In the middle of laughter, the word that’s never funny, never okay, fired at us, but not about us repeatedly and angrily – the violence, the word revealing the speaker’s hatred inside his careless tone. I sat in silence head down mouth open, and raced through my options, afraid to look up. Could I ruin a new friendship over this? Could I stand up, leave the room or speak out? I didn’t. I pretended to ignore the word and changed the subject. But the word hung over the conversation, staring at me until I wondered, did I say it?





  1. Lost by Michele Connelly
  2. Chocolate Surprise by Laurel Wenson
  3. Desperate House Moms by Paul Grippi


Lost by Michele Connelly

(Twitter @WriteConnelly, Instagram @connellyphotographyanddesign, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/connellymichele)


“Have you seen my dog?” asked the boy with the red cap, who said his name was Zane. Having not seen the dog, but wanting to help, I asked Zane where he lived. The boy pointed to the house diagonal from my home.

Later, I mentioned it to my neighbor. I expressed surprised that I hadn’t seen him before. She said the elderly residents were childless. The last time a child lived there was twenty years ago. The boy had followed his dog out onto the ice and presumably drowned. The only thing they found was a red cap.


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