Contest - 2023-CleanAir-01 - Balance


Contest - 2023-CleanAir-01 - Balance

Entry deadline - Saturday April 15, 2023 - 12 pm ET (New York time)
 Countdown to entry deadline: 

  • 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.
Below is a list of featured stories from previous contests for your reading pleasure and to promote conversation, sharing and comments.


Great fiction from previous contests

While you’re waiting for new stories to be shortlisted, here are some great examples of fiction from the past.  Stories from the current contest will not be shortlisted until at least one week after the contest entry deadline.  In the meantime, read these treasures and be inspired!  Make friends with the authors – learn, share and grow!

We are committed to strict moderation and curation to ensure that all content adheres to our family-friendly policy.  In order to have the best chance for your content to be published, you should avoid the following topics:
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