Flash Fiction Contest

oct012013 038_smallThe 2019 Flash Fiction Contest, co-sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council and Half –Price Books, will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019, once again hosted at Half Price Books in the Fremont Hub. So, start rewinding your clocks and…

Make History!

This year’s theme is: An alternative history of Fremont!

Write a story of 300 words or less, including the title, and make your new version of history a reality!

The FCAC reserves the right to exclude entries it deems inappropriate or offensive.
Entries, without the author’s name, will be posted at Half Price Books (39152 Fremont Hub, Fremont, CA 94538) on Saturday, October 19, 2019 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

During those hours, patrons can vote on their favorite stories. Pick up a ballot at the contest table. Even if you don’t submit an entry, please come to enjoy the stories and vote!

Winners will be announced at about 6:00 p.m. in Half Price Books and posted on the Fremont Cultural Arts Council website. Contestants do not need to be present to win, but we’d love to congratulate you in person!

Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Half Price Books and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Over $200 in cash and gift card prizes!*

First Place: $75 cash
Second Place: $65 cash
Third Place: $30 cash plus $25 gift card
Fourth Place: $20 cash plus $25 gift card
Fifth Place: $10 cash plus $25 gift card
Sixth Place: $25 gift card

* Prize amounts may differ in case of ties or other situations at the discretion of the Fremont Cultural Arts Council.


Note: The FCAC reserves the right to return entries that do not meet these criteria, or contain plagiarism, or subject matter that would be offensive to the general reader.

Download a PDF version of the rules.

  • This contest is open to any age and residency.
  • All entries must fit the theme of an alternative history of the city of Fremont.
  • Entries must 300 words or less, including the title. Stories without a title will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • Maximum of three entries per person.
  • Submit each entry in 12 point (or larger) legible font, which will fit on a printed 8 ½” x 11” sheet.

To submit by e-mail: Send your story as a Word-compatible attachment to fcacwriters2019@gmail.com. Include the author’s name and phone number (with area code) in the body of the e-mail message.

To submit by postal mail: Mail your story to:
FCAC Flash Fiction Contest
c/o Fremont Cultural Arts Council
P.O. Box 1314
Fremont, CA 94538

Write the author’s name and phone number (with area code) on the back of the story.
Submissions must be received by e-mail or postmarked by midnight, Saturday, October 12, 2019. NOTE: Entries will NOT be accepted at Half Price Books.