We are accepting submissions during December and early January for a flash fiction contest on the prompt MERRIMENT. Submissions must be received electronically by midnight on January 5, 2022.

Please submit questions regarding the contest here, under the Contest category.

General Contest Guidelines

Please read the guidelines carefully.

Who can submit?

  • Anyone above the age of 18 EXCEPT KWG Board members and Contest Committee members. A first-prize winner may not enter for the following one-year period.

Is there a limit on submissions?

No, but see Submission Fees below.

What is a submission?

An unpublished work of fiction 1000 words or less based on the following prompt: MERRIMENT. Submission of previously published works will result in disqualification from the contest and forfeiting the submission fee.

How do I submit my entry?

  • Using the appropriate link below:
    Member Submission (Free)
    Member Submission (Paid)
    Non-Member
  • All submissions must be posted before midnight Eastern Standard Time on January 5, 2022, through the online submission process. Entries received via email or through the postal service will not be processed.
    • The title of your attachment should match the title of your submission.
    • Each submission must be entered separately as an individual submission with the applicable fee.
    • You will receive an automated email confirmation that the committee has received your entry. Please send a follow-up inquiry if you do not receive an email confirmation for receipt of your submission.
  • Specifications: Black text, white background, 12-point Times New Roman or Courier.
  • Do not include your name, pen name, or any other identifying information on the entries themselves. If you do, your entry will be rejected, and you will forfeit your entry fee.
  • Unpublished works only, please. Submission of previously published works will result in disqualification from the contest and forfeiting your entry fee.

What are the entry fees?

  • For members, the first submission is free, but thereafter the fee is $10 per submission.
  • For nonmembers, $15 per submission. If you’d like to become a KWG member, you may join here for only $30/year ($15 for students).
  • Submit your electronic payment via the online submission process. Checks or cash are not allowed.

Prizes

  • First Place Prize, $300. Second Place Prize, $100. Prizes may not be awarded if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.
  • Winners will be notified by phone and/or email.
  • The First Place winner will be invited to read the winning submission at the February 3, 2022, meeting of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, when the winners will be announced. Prize checks will be mailed to the address connected to the submission unless otherwise notified. We hope the meeting will be in-person at Central United Methodist Church in Knoxville, but it is possible we will still be meeting remotely.
  • The Knoxville Writers’ Guild will publish the winning poems on its website for two months unless the prize winner requests otherwise.

Judge

Michael Knight
Director of the Creative Writing Program
University of Tennessee Knoxville

We are honored to have as our judge, Michael Knight, the author of three novels (Divining RodThe Typist and At Briarwood School for Girls), three collections of short stories (Dogfight and Other StoriesGoodnight, Nobody and Eveningland) and a book of novellas (The Holiday Season)The Typist (2010), was listed as a Best Book of the Year by several publications, including The Huffington Post and Kansas City Star, and included on Oprah’s Summer Reading List. Eveningland (2017) was selected as an Editor’s Choice Pick by The New York Times and as a Southern Book of the Year by Southern Living Magazine.  He is the recipient of a Special Citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation (1999), the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction (2013) and the Truman Capote Prize (2018). He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

We thank our sponsor, the Jonathan Taylor Memorial Fund, which was created by his colleagues at the Education Networks of America. “Jonathan was an enthusiastic science fiction fan as well as a keen writer in the genre. This fund honors Jonathan’s love of writing and helps other writers fulfill their passion as Jonathan did.”

Equal Opportunity:  The Knoxville Writers Guild does not discriminate against any person because of race, age, gender, handicap or country of national origin.

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