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Elephant Rock Flash Prose Contest

By March 8, 2015No Comments

My lovely friend Jeannine Ouelette, a talented writer and the woman behind Elephant Rock Retreats for Writing and Yoga, asked me to judge a flash prose contest to celebrate the Association of Writers and Writing Programs national conference coming to her hometown of Minneapolis in April. I met Jeannine at the Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop a couple years ago and loved reading a small snippet of her novel-in-progress.

Stout's Island Lodge

Stout’s Island Lodge

The theme for the contest is The River. The entry can be any kind of writing–fiction, poetry, non-fiction or cross-genre. It just has to be 500 words or less. The deadline is March 30. You can see details about the prize below, but it includes a 2-night stay at Stout’s Island Lodge, which looks like a pretty amazing spot. So, send me your stuff!

how to enter

Email submissions to; please use “contest” as subject line; include your full name, address, and phone number in the email and the attachment. Do check your word count (applied to text of your prose piece only, excluding title and your personal info). Pieces that fail to adhere to the word limit will be disqualified.

the prize

Winner will receive a single edition broadsheet with original art commissioned based on and incorporating the text (or excerpt) of your work plus a gift certificate for a two-night stay at the glorious Stout’s Island Lodge, home of Elephant Rock’s annual Solstice Retreat. Winner and honorable mentions will be notified by email on April 3 and invited to read at a public event on April 10 hosted by Elephant Rock and Ben Weaver Music, sponsored by Banjo Brothers, during the AWP conference.

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