The Flash Fiction Micro Challenges are a new series of competitions from NYC Midnight designed to test the storytelling skills of writers in the context of social media.  And best of all, they're free!  There will be several challenges a year and will be announced here, through our newsletter, and on our facebook and twitter pages.  They also serve as great warmups for our annual competitions (next up is the Flash Fiction Challenge 2011, final entry deadline is August 17th).  We hope you enjoy the challenges!


When:  August 11, 2011 at 12PM EDT

Summary:  Writers are challenged to create stories no longer than 100 characters based on word assignments.

Rules & How it Works:  It's free to enter, but only one registration per person and participants must be at least 18 years of age.  The competition begins at 12PM EDT on Thursday, August 11th, 2011.  Registered writers are placed in 20 different groups.  Each group will receive a word (which can be a noun, verb or adverb) which must be included in the story.  The stories are due 12 hours later at 11:59PM EDT on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 and must be no longer than 100 characters.  Each writer may submit up to 3 stories.  Judges choose the top 25 stories in each group and will be posted here for voting on Monday, August 15th.  Online voting begins and the top 3 stories with the most audience votes in addition to 2 stories chosen by the judges will move on to the finals.  Thus, 5 stories will advance from each group to the finals making for a total of 100 writers.  The 100 writers in the finals all receive a new word (everyone receives the same word) at 12PM EDT on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 and again each writer has 12 hours to submit up to 3 stories no longer than 100 characters each.  The top 25 stories are posted here for online voting a few days later. In addition to online voting, winners are chosen by a panel of judges.


Registration is now closed.  Click here to view the writers and word assignments. 


Next Competition:  There is still time to register for the Flash Fiction Challenge 2011, but the final entry deadline is August 19th and space is limited!


▪ The overall winner chosen by the judges receives US$100.

▪ Top overall winner determined by online voting receives US$100.

Exposure - The top writers will have the option of displaying their twitter page, blog or e-mail address next to their story here on the competition website and in our newsletters, which should get lots of clicks and new followers.


To be announced soon!


Check out the frequently asked questions below. 

If you still have a question, please contact us or ask away in our Q&A forum.


Q.  Who owns the rights to the stories submitted?

A.  You, the writer.  NYC Midnight reserves the right to publish the story along with the writer's name on, but that's it.


Q.  Can I participate if I live outside the United States?

A.  Yes, you may participate from any country.


Q.  Can I participate if I am under 18 years of age?

A.  Yes, but you must have a parent or legal guardian send us an e-mail at feedback @ giving consent for you to participate in the "Flash Fiction Micro Challenge" Contest on


Q.  Can a writer have more than 1 story chosen to be in the top 25 in each round?

A.  Yes, writers may have all 3 stories chosen for the top 25 in their group.


Q.  Can we use variations of the assigned word in the story?

A.  No, the assigned word must be spelled exactly as it's posted. For example, if the assigned word is fast, than variations of fast such as faster, fasting, fst, fastest will not be accepted.


Q.  What are the rules regarding capitalization of the assigned word?

A.  It is acceptable to capitalize the assigned word any way you like. For example, if the assigned word is fast, than FAST, FaST, fasT, etc.. will all be acceptable.


Q.  Can we use abbreviations in the story?

A.  Stories may be written any way you like (i.e. poetry, abbreviations, excessive punctuation, etc...), as long as the assigned word is included in it's entirety.



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