Contest - 2023-Flash-01 - Transformation

Congratulations to the writers whose stories made the shortlist!
  • All selected stories were formatted and edited for publishing in our eBooks Collection.
  • Staff will select the Grand Winner from the shortlist.
  • Public voting will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners.
  • Check your My Account page to watch your likes and credits accumulate!

There’s a like button at the bottom of each story.  Each “like” = 1 vote.

(All Prizes and Rewards are only paid out via Amazon Gift Cards)

Voting ends Sunday, March 19th, 2023 – 12 noon ET (New York time)

 Countdown to voting deadline: 


Share your Voice with the world

  • Get more votes and more great comments
  • Build a supportive community for your work
  • Express your digital voice across the Internet
  • Each selected post has its own link to share on social media.
  • Encourage your friends, family, and fans, to vote for your post.

Sharing your post is easy and fast

  • Scroll down until you see your Author name and avatar
  • Click on “Share Post” tab
  • Click the button that reads “Copy this Post Link to clipboard” – this allows you to paste the link
  • You can also post directly to Facebook or Twitter, using the social media icons on the right

Email your post to friends or family

  • Scroll down until you see your Author name and avatar
  • Click on “Email to Friend” tab
  • Fill out the quick and easy form and click “Send Now”


Contest - 2023-Flash-01 - Transformation


Entry deadline – Saturday March 4, 2023 – 5 pm ET (New York time)

 Countdown to entry deadline: 

  • Grand Prize (Staff Pick) – $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Google SignIn, and Free Contest Submission


In this new year of 2023, let’s celebrate our wonderful writing community.  We opened our virtual doors in early 2020, just as the pandemic began. Now we have a full slate of talented writers and dedicated readers.  We look forward to each new contest and to each new story. Congratulations to so many of  you for almost three years of excellent writing!

We are making some changes this year to help us keep thriving and keep this valuable resource for writers alive and well.  Here’s to transformation – as individuals, as a group, and hopefully as a society.
The natural world is full of miraculous transformations. We watch in awe as a caterpillar becomes a chrysalis, then opens its lustrous wings and becomes a butterfly. The painting we’ve chosen for our picture prompt shows an even further evolution, from butterfly to pure light!  
All of nature evolves, grows, transforms, so why limit ourselves in any way?  We invite you to explore new ideas and new forms of expression as you write a flash fiction story of 350 words or less.
Ensure your submission follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
Be sure and include a reference to transformation!

Become your own best editor!  Make sure you have followed all our basic rules, and checked your story against our list of common errors before you submit.  Once you submit, you can track the status of your story with our new descriptive entry status images.  

Lists of basic rules, common writing errors and entry status images can all be found here:

Contest Guidelines

Please observe these guidelines for our 2023 contests:  

  • One story per person
  • Fiction only – no poems, memoirs or essays
  • Shortlist not selected until after contest entry deadline
  • Shortlist not published until after contest entry deadline


Please note – there will be no new stories published from this contest until at least one week after the submission deadline.
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