Once Upon a Time Writing Contest: Ready Set GO!

Behold our brand-new logo for our magnificent flash fiction contest. The photograph is courtesy James Lennie (@james_lennie on Twitter) and actually shows a phenomenon called Earthshine. Thanks for allowing us to use your image, James! Design by me.

So, Fictionlings, it’s time to start your engines. The OUAT Flash Fiction contest is now go! You have from today (April 4) till April 29, midnight EST.

The word length for submissions is 350 words.You can have less, but no more. Don’t forget to link your submission by the time the contest closes. Those who entered the Fairy Ring contest will recognize our link tool. Post the story on your blog along with the code (WordPress Blog users will need to contact me for alternate code). Then you click the blue button to add your link, add a thumbnail photo and PRESTO!

Remember, the theme is Unexpected Fairy Tales. You can go here to read more about OUAT writing theme.

If you are on Twitter, please follow my co-host (@sjiholliday) and myself (@ruanna3), as well as the contest hashtag (#ouatwriting) so you don’t miss a single update.

As far as prizes…well, we must have some startling surprises, mustn’t we? Suffice to say, you shall be well rewarded for your pains.

The one prize announced is that the 1st place winner will be listed on the National Flash Fiction Day website for international rockstar status!

Why are you still reading this post? GO FORTH AND WRITE!

(Below is the HTML code. Paste it into the HTML code at the bottom of your entry (WordPress users please comment with your email so I can send you that version of the code). Then just click the blue button and add your link and thumbnail photo!)


  1. SJIHolliday
    Apr 4, 2012

    Whoop whoop!

  2. Bullish
    Apr 4, 2012

    Wohooo!! So excited!! :)

  3. Kern Windwraith
    Apr 5, 2012

    Am I crazy enough to sign up for this at the same time I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge? Um…yes, yes, I think I just might be. If my brain explodes, it will be on your head. Figuratively speaking, of course.

    • Donna B. McNicol
      Apr 8, 2012

      You are crazy….I so miss doing these but just so many hours in the day. LOL! Good luck!!

  4. Cameron Writes
    Apr 6, 2012

    Really don’t understand how to use the code which is a shame as I have a great story to contribute. Does one just copy and paste it or does the body of the tale go in the middle – it’s not very clear.

  5. SJIHolliday
    Apr 7, 2012

    Hey Cameron – you post the code into your html editor on your blog, however, this is not the essential part – if you click on the add your link button it will link your blog to the site and that’s all we need, alternatively, we can post the story on one of our blogs for you…

  6. McKenzie
    Apr 8, 2012

    *happy dance* I’m so excited :) :)

  7. @ThatDenrele
    Apr 10, 2012

    Ooh! So excited.

  8. nix nax
    Apr 14, 2012

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  9. Veronica Stewart
    Apr 14, 2012

    This is my first attempt at flash fiction. not sure I did everything right, hope it’s okay?

    • Pitts Blog
      Apr 26, 2012

      me too! I’m still not a blog expert…hang in there, we’ll figure it out lol!!

  10. Afsaneh
    Apr 15, 2012

    I’d love to join this – it sounds like a great idea! I just have to make sure to link my post to this blog!

  11. Eva Rieder
    Apr 16, 2012

    I’m so thrilled about this contest! So thrilled, in fact, that I wrote three versions. Now to pick which one… :) Also, may I please have the wordpress code sent to my email, evariederauthor@gmail.com ? Thanks so much!

  12. Afsaneh
    Apr 16, 2012

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    • Afsaneh
      Apr 16, 2012

      Question – Do I choose the HTML tab next to COMPOSE and paste the html code you have at the bottom of mine?
      Thank you!

  13. Daniel R. Davis
    Apr 17, 2012

    I’ll give ‘er a shot. I’m on WordPress.org. If I need a different code, my email is daniel.r.davis.sjv@gmail.com :)

  14. Daniel R. Davis
    Apr 17, 2012

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    • Daniel R. Davis
      Apr 17, 2012

      Not sure why that posted twice, but I’ll use the opportunity to say thanks for running this. It was a fun distraction from my WIP for a couple days. Flash fiction isn’t my strong suit and for some reason all that would come to mind were dark things, but maybe it’s because I’ve been watching too much Twilight Zone and Outer Limits with my wife lately. 😉

  15. sarahgracelogan
    Apr 22, 2012

    May I please have the wordpress code? sarahgracelogan at gmail.com


  16. Wendy Reid
    Apr 22, 2012

    Ugh…sorry Anna, just hearing about this now (where the heck was I for the last 3 weeks or so?) and unfortunately, with my new full time job I just don’t have the time for contests anymore – any spare time I get I use for my WIP’s. Good luck to all the contestants!

  17. Leonard_White
    Apr 24, 2012

    I just found your contest and finally located this portion. I am a WordPress user so I need the code please. leonard (dot) white (at) gmail

    This was a blast to write. Thanks.

  18. Natalie Bowers
    Apr 25, 2012

    Hi! I’ve posted my flash at my blog (http://abutterflymind.tumblr.com/post/21793315372/the-unexpected-consequences-of-inflation) but couldn’t get the HTML code to work in Tumblr, so I clicked on the “Add your link” button at the bottom of this post, and that seems to have added me. Hope that’s okay. Please let me know if not. Thanks!

  19. Jonathan M. Wright
    Apr 25, 2012

    Hello. I’m interested in participating, but I’m on WordPress. Can you please send the different code to jonathanwright.author@gmail.com? Thank you!

  20. Cath Barton
    Apr 25, 2012

    I don’t have a blog. Is it possible to enter by e-mail?

    • ruanna3
      Apr 25, 2012

      Sure, Cath! Just send to Annabbps at gmail dot com

  21. Cath Barton
    Apr 26, 2012

    Thank you!

  22. Annie Evett
    Apr 26, 2012

    Hi – I’ve blogged about this – and now I need to get cracking and submit!!

    http://annieonwriting.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/submit-your-flash/ is my shout out for your comp

    • ruanna3
      Apr 26, 2012

      Thanks Annie, so nice of you. And yes, you must submit now! :)

  23. Nicole Pyles
    Apr 26, 2012

    I just posted my story! This was so fun! Thanks for this! I couldn’t get the HTML code to add though, I hope that’s okay!

    • ruanna3
      Apr 30, 2012

      It linked okay, that’s all that matters :) Thanks for entering!

  24. Vicki Orians
    Apr 26, 2012

    This was fun!!

  25. mysoulstears
    Apr 27, 2012

    OK. I’ve given it my best shot at this time. But, I’m on WordPress. So I’ll need the code. Right?

    One of my e-mail addresses… findingmywings@hotmail.com


  26. Anonymous
    Apr 27, 2012

    Would love to be sent the WordPress code, please! E-mail address is janina@myrednotebook.com

  27. Annie Evett
    Apr 28, 2012

    my entry should be done – excited to be part of this competition.. well done to everyone – wonderful to see so many flash fiction writers with brilliant work showcased here.

  28. Veronique Kootstra
    Apr 28, 2012

    I’m almost ready to post my story. Could you please send me the WordPress code? My e-mail address is: veronique_kootstra@yahoo.co.uk
    Thank you!

  29. Laurie Theurer
    Apr 29, 2012

    I submitted about an hour ago via e-mail and hope I sent it correctly. Would you please let me know if it does not come through?

    • ruanna3
      Apr 30, 2012

      Sent you an email Laurie, came thru! Thanks for submitting :)

  30. Felix
    Aug 31, 2012

    Aww. I saw your post a little late and I wasn’t able to join. Too bad for me, guess it’s not my time yet. Anyway, when will be the next writing contest? I’m really looking forward to another one, and hope that the second time around, I’ll be able to participate already.

    Felix Stendahl

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