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Write a short story in 1,000 words or less in this creative writing contest. Stories will be featured in a short story collection published at the Library. We may edit for grammar and spelling, but not for content.

This year, our contest is held in conjunction with our NEA Big Read. As a community, we’ll be reading The Namesake (and related titles for children and teens), a book about uncovering your own identity and finding your place within the world, your community or your family.

Submissions will be accepted from Sept. 1 - Oct. 15, 2018.

Stories will be evaluated on style, creativity, structure, grammar, word choice and adherence to the theme. Prizes will be given out for first, second and third place winners in each age group.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries must be a Word Document file with the story title as the file name. (PDF and other file types will not be accepted.)
  • Paper submissions will be accepted at all Library locations. (Paper copies will not be returned.)
  • New submissions only, please. (Submissions entered in previous Schaumburg Library Flash Fiction contents will not be accepted.)
  • Limit 2 entries per person.
  • Suggested themes: uncovering your identity; being in a new situation; finding your place within the world, your community or your family.

Flash Fiction Contest

Age Group
May we include your submission in a Library-published short story collection?
May we use your name or would you prefer to remain anonymous?
Please attach your submission.
One file only.
1 MB limit.
Allowed types: doc docx.