To celebrate the upcoming August release of The Corpsewood Manor Murders in North Georgia, Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Inc is holding a Flash Fiction contest! Flash fiction is ultra-short story writing. Can you capture the attention and imagination of your readers in just a few short words?
Flash fiction typically ranges from 100 to 1000 words, though Wake Forest University recently had a contest limiting their entering professors to just 25 words. The most famous example of the genre is just six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” (Hemingway is often listed as the author, though many dispute this.)
We at CGTI recognize that some people require a bit more than others to say what they have to say, so we are setting up our contest in four different categories: 500 words; 50 words; 140 characters (for the Twitter universe); and the illustrated version, 250 words and a picture or photograph (no nudity or violence in the photo, please).
In order to limit the vast scope of subjects a tiny bit, so that in judging, we will at least be comparing apples to kiwi, as opposed to unicycles or Timbuktu, we have one additional rule. All contest entries must contain at least one of the following words: ghost, Corpsewood, Trion, castle, Ovilus, LSD, gargoyle, haunted, or just for the fun of it, moonglade. (That happens to be one of our favorite words, as it is so musical and evocative. For those who don’t know, moonglade is the reflection of the moon on water.)
How to Enter Flash Fiction Contest
Please post your contest submissions on the Facebook page for Chattanooga Ghost Tours. For the particularly shy, you can message the story if you prefer to us via that page; however, be aware that if we like it, we may post it!
Winners will be announced no later than Wednesday June 29. The winner and first runner up in each category will receive one free ticket to Chattanooga Ghost Tours. Entries will be accepted until 8:00 pm ET on Sunday June 26.
To learn more about The Corpsewood Manor Murders in North Georgia, visit the book’s Facebook page. Good luck, and may the Muse be with you!