Contest - 2023-CleanAir-01 - Balance

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, April 30th, 2023 – 12 noon ET (New York time)

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Contest - 2023-CleanAir-01 - Balance


  • Grand Prize (Staff Pick) – $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Google SignIn, and Free Contest Submission
  • Eligible for yearly prize valued at more than $1500 USD


Our beloved earth is facing incredible environmental challenges.  As individuals, groups and governments move toward solutions, we long for clear thinking, acceptance of basic human needs, and a commitment to maintaining a delicate balance.  We cannot have solutions that create even more problems!
This contest is timed to end just before for Earth Day.  As writers, we can celebrate our beautiful blue-green world, imagine solutions, grieve losses or express ourselves in a myriad of ways. As we write our stories this Earth Day, let’s keep in mind the concept of balance – for ourselves, our leaders, and our shared global world.  
We invite you to experience Earth Day this year by writing 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 environmental balance.

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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1 month ago

Really enjoyed the process and the opportunity to get to share my writing. Writing is a powerful way of self expression and to have been bestowed with an opportunity to even participate is an honour

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Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. During public voting, only club members can read posts submitted for that contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!