Flash Fiction Contest

oct012013 038_smallThe 2018 Half-Price Books and Fremont Cultural Arts Council’s Flash Fiction Contest will be held on Saturday, September 22nd, once again hosted at Half Price Books in the Fremont Hub. So, sharpen your pencils and write a story of 300 words or less, including the title, and fame and fortune could be yours! This year there’s no given subject, so use your imagination.


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.

  • The awards will be chosen by those people who come into Half Price Books on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 between the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM, enjoy the posted stories, and fill out a ballot indicating their favorites. Each winner will only receive the highest award, this allows more people to win awards. Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Half Price Books and Nothing Bundt Cakes, so submit your stories and join us for a day of fun.  Winners will be announced at about 6 PM in Half Price Books and posted on our website. Contestants do not need to be present to win an award.
  • All entries must be 300 words or less including the title, in English. If no title is provided, we will assign a three-word title including a number. Stories will be posted with title only, the public will judge the piece, without the author’s name displayed.
  • Everyone can enter, there is no age, location or subject restrictions, but no more than three entries per person will be accepted.
  • Submissions should be type-written on one page in 12-point font or larger with the author’s name and phone number written on the back, or emailed as an attachment with the author’s name and phone number in the body of the e-mail message.
  • Submissions must be in our hands or postmarked by Midnight, Sunday, September 16, 2018. Please do NOT turn your entry in at Half Price Books, they won’t be entered!
  • Submissions will be accepted which are sent either via e-mail to FCACwriters18@gmail.com or by postal service to:FCAC Flash Fiction Contest
    C/o Fremont Cultural Arts Council
    P.O. Box 1314
    Fremont, CA 94538

Prizes (one per person):

  • 1st place: $65 cash
  • 2nd place: $55 cash
  • 3rd place: $45, which includes a $25 Gift Card to Half Price Books
  • 4th place: $35, which includes a $25 Gift Card to Half Price Books
  • 5th place: $25 Gift Card to Half Price Books.

We are looking forward to reading your stories!

Read the 2017 Flash Fiction Contest winners.