Daily Archives: July 15, 2012

It’s The End Of The World Flash Fiction Contest

It’s finally here, folks!

Welcome to the first ever flash fiction contest here at EmmieMears.com. I hope you’re excited. I’m excited.

If you weren’t around when I announced the contest, I mentioned that I was inspired by the prompt I heard for an anthology. I heard of it past the deadline, but my brain went wild with the possibilities inherent in the prompt, and I needed to let it play out. Thus, I bring it to you.

Here are the details for the contest:


The day before the end of the world. 

The twist? It’s an unexpected apocalypse.

The catch? You must use the phrase “end of the world” somewhere in your story.


Any — but you know how much I love fantasy.  

Word Count:

500 words or less.


15 – 30 July. Last chance to enter will be midnight Eastern Daylight Time (BST -5) on the 30th.


Don’t you want to hang this on your wall?

First Place: Aside from my unwavering love and devotion, the first place winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and an in-depth critique of the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. AND, a nifty Victor Badge and bragging rights.

“I’m a survivor, I’m gonna make it…” Wait, what?

Second Place: The second place winner will receive an in-depth critique of the first 3,000 words of your manuscript. You will also get the Survivor Badge and brags!

Readers’ Choice: After the contest has closed, I will give YOU a chance to weigh in on the candidates. The Readers’ Choice winner will receive a highlight on my blog and a this awesome Chosen Badge. 

You can play this concept however you choose. You could write about people trying to bring about the end of the world, or you could write about people who are totally oblivious to their own impending doom. Or silly people who think they’re bringing about the end of the world whilst totally oblivious to their own impending doom.

This allows for some genre wiggle room — you can decide how your world is going to end, be it zombies or vampires or zombie vampires or Voldemort (it can’t be Voldemort). Your characters could BE vampires oblivious to their impending doom. Or it could be a giant asteroid. Keep it in mind, but remember the…

One Rule: Don’t show the end of the world. Your characters don’t know it is their last day on earth.

How To Enter:

Post your entry as a comment on the “It’s The End Of The World Flash Fiction Contest” blog post (that’s this one, doofus). I will accept entries from 15 July at 9 AM until midnight EDT (BST-5) on 30 July.

YOU MUST INCLUDE the following: 

1. Name
2. Word count
3. Twitter handle  

Any entries that do not include the above will be automatically disqualified.

Are you ready for the apocalypse?

It’s tomorrow. Tell me what’s happening today.

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