The really big announcement this year is that our annual Flash Contest has switched from fiction to nonficiton! We want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ...
The theme this year is simple: Library.
In this day and age, libraries are more important than ever; not just as a repository for collections but as a beacon of learning, research, study, collaboration, and community.
In 500 words or less, tell us your best "library" story. How has a library made a difference in your life? What significant event happened to you in a library?
Be creative and have fun.
Top three winners receive a CASH PRIZE and the top 15 selections will be included in our annual collection, published by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory.
First prize - $200.00; Second prize - $150.00; Third prize - $100.00
*If any of these rules are not followed your story will be automatically disqualified.
- Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled.
- 500 words or less.
- Must include theme (LIBRARY).
- Double spaced.
- 12 pt., Times New Roman.
- 1 inch margins on all sides.
- Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent.
- Stories due by Wednesday, February 11th at 5 pm.
- Four (4) hard copies delivered to the Randall Library Circulation Desk. Note: The circulation desk is ONLY a drop- off point. No information about the contest will be available from Circulation Staff.
- Each copy MUST have a cover sheet with name, phone, and 850 number. DO NOT include name on actual story.
- One story per student
If your Story is selected, the following regulations must be adhered to:
- An emailed .doc version of your story. DO NOT save as .docx.
- Section breaks should be notated by (***).
- Turn off all auto-formatting features (such as automatic paragraph indenting, outlining, bullet points).
- Enter only one space after terminal punctuation. If you used two spaces, search/replace to update your file.
- For dashes, use em-dash character (shift, option, hyphen), with no space on either side, or use two hyphens, and we’ll search and replace the em dash during typesetting.
- For any special characters or glyphs, such as trademark symbols, accents, or irregular punctuation, please note them by highlighting them in yellow with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature.
- If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy of your story with specific instructions for the placement and type of special character to be inserted.
- Files should be saved as follows: lastname_firstname.doc.
NOTE: Edits and revisions will NOT be allowed after submissions, nor will the publisher have time to check your work. Take care that your piece is fully edited and perfected before submitting.
NOTE: If your story is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the following release: Release for Use of Student Work (http://library.uncw.edu/uploads/pdfs/FlashFictionStudentRelease2012.pdf)