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The First Annual Claire De Lunacy™ Flash Fiction Contest!

UPDATE! The deadline has been extended due to popular whining demand!


All right, kids, listen up:

I’ve decided to make this blog do some heavy lifting by providing a forum for writers to showcase their talents. I love writing. Many of YOU love writing. I love people who love writing.

You get the idea.

So, to celebrate all this love, I’ve decided to create what will become (let us hope) yet another Claire De Lunacy tradition. Much like the Blogoversary in the Spring, the CDL Flash Fiction contest is designed to let me lay around and eat bon bons while you do all the work. MWA-HA-HA!

But I digress.

Here’s how it works: The contest starts September 6th. You have until 11:59 PM on October 15th to submit your work to me.

What work, you ask? Why, let me ‘splain, Lucy:

Entries to this FLASH FICTION contest must be:

1) 700 words or FEWER

2) utterly and completely unpublished, anywhere, at any time (none of this lazypants re-submitting of stuff that got spit on by McSweeney’s, kids)

3)  written with proper grammar and spelling (You’re writers, people. Don’t make me write “SEE ME” in the corner with red ink.).

4) Submitted either in the body of your e-mail or in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.

The stories may be on the topic of your choice, but they must contain, somewhere within the story, the following sentence:

“The door clicked shut behind her; she closed her eyes and walked, arms outstretched, into the rain.”

Entries will be evaluated on creativity, imagination and literary merit as well as grammar, spelling, punctuation and entertainment value. Please be sure to include your name, blog or website link and a short (one paragraph) bio with your entry!

Winners will be announced (and notified) on or before NOVEMBER 5th, 2011.  Winning entries will be published the week of November 6th-12th, 2011.

“But Claire,” I hear you asking, “what about the fabulous prizes?”

What, you want something beyond having me pimp your work to the entire Horde? Oh, very well:


There will be first, second and third prizes in this contest, as well as five honorable mentions. That’s right, FIVE.

FIRST PRIZE: $50 Gift Certificate to
SECOND PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate to
THIRD PRIZE: $15 Gift Certificate to

All winning entries will be published and promoted via Claire De Lunacy.  I’m also planning to collect the eight winning entries and publish them on the Kindle as an anthology. That’s right, kids: win or place in this contest, and your work will appear in a Kindle book. (The eight winning entries will receive an additional $25 for the publishing rights to their work.) Every winner will receive a copy of the Kindle book as well (the Kindle software is available on a sufficient number of platforms to ensure that they’ll be able to read it somewhere, somehow, even if they don’t own a Kindle). Again, the main goal here is to make sure awesome (and underexposed) writers are given a chance to show off their work!

Fun, right? So let’s get crackin’!

Entries may be submitted to Use this address for questions as well, or leave a comment below.

GOOD LUCK, everyone! I’m looking forward to the awesomeness and the fun!

Now, the boring legal stuff:

Authors of all winning entries to the “Claire De Lunacy Flash Fiction Contest”  grant  Claire M. Jackson shared publication rights. Prize winners will receive $50 for first place, $25 for second place, and $15 for third place, in the form of gift certificates to All winners will also receive compensation of $25 for the shared publication rights to the submitted material. All published submissions will be credited to their respective authors. By submitting an entry to this contest, you agree to abide by and be bound legally by the rules set forth on this page. All submissions remain the property of their respective authors; however, entrants grant Claire M. Jackson the right to indpendent publication (on and in anthology format).©, and Kindle™ are registered trademarks of, Inc. Claire De Lunacy and Claire M. Jackson are not affiliated with or its subsidiaries. This is mostly about having fun and publishing people whose work deserves to be seen, so if you’re the litigious sort who wants to piss all over everyone’s fun, take a hike, chief.

This contest, like everything else on Claire De Lunacy (unless otherwise specified), is ©2011 Claire M. Jackson.  

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  1. So, I have time! All hope is not lost…. I’ll see what I can do, McFly.

  2. How would you prefer entries to be submitted? In the body of an email or as an attached file? What file type?

  3. Hello, Gillian!

    Great question! Entries may be submitted via Microsoft Word or in the body of the e-mail. Whichever method you choose, please be sure to include your contact info, website and a short bio as well.

    Thanks! I look forward to reading your entry!



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