The Winter Tales Flash Fiction Contest – Full Details

Writers will arrive at the Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 9th, 2017. You will be asked to sign in at the door.

At approximately 6:45 pm, writers will gather in the downstairs lobby and be given three elements (an opening line, an object and a location) that must appear in your stories. You will then be taken upstairs to the writing room, which will be set up with tables and chairs. Beginning at 7:00 pm, you will have one hour to compose a story of not more than 250 words that contains all three elements.

Stories must be hand written or printed neatly on story cards that will be provided at the event. You are welcome to bring a laptop or other digital device to use for drafts and/or revisions, but the final version must be transcribed by hand to the card.

Any electronic devices should be fully charged before you arrive. We cannot guarantee access to a power outlet.

Please be aware that this contest is one part of the evening’s entertainment. While you are writing, other guests will be gathering in the lobby, and some of them may choose to come upstairs and watch you at work. Please be prepared for distractions. You are welcome to bring ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones if you choose.

At 8:00 pm, all story cards will be collected and handed over to our special guest judges, Gary Barwin and Marnie Woodrow, who will choose a first, second and third place winners. All winners will be invited to read their stories at the end of the evening. In addition, winners will receive the following:

First Place        

One gritLIT 2017 Weekend Pass  and registration in one gritLIT Writing Workshop (Total Value: $100)

Second Place    

Two gritLIT 2017 Single Event Tickets and registration in one gritLIT Writing Workshop (Total Value: $50)

Third Place     

Two gritLIT 2017 Single Event Tickets (Total Value: $25)

Two final notes:

Flash fiction contest writers do not need to buy a ticket for the Winters’ Tales event. Please note, however, that because the contest will be going on at the same time as the reading in the theatre, contest entrants will not be able to attend Heather O’Neill’s reading.

Registration in the contest is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

If you wish to register for the Winters’ Tales Flash Fiction Contest, click here.