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Flash Fiction 2013: Contest Announcement!


Flash Fiction Announcement!  This year's theme is Laboratory!

Why Laboratory?

Today, transformations in technology, media and culture are driving fundamental changes in the production and consumption of information and the practice of scholarship. Nowhere is this more evident than on college and university campuses. As a result, at UNCW as on other campuses, Library staff are rethinking their strategies, services and spaces - - both physical and virtual, to meet the challenges of the digital world and the demands of the “born digital” generation.  

Randall Library is more than a laboratory in the traditional sense of the word - - a building, part of a building, or other place equipped to conduct scientific experiments, tests, investigations, etc., or to manufacture chemicals, medicines, or the like.  Randall Library is a laboratory where you can connect, collaborate, iterate, discuss, discover, and take your studies and work to the next level.

We invite you, UNCW students, to experiment with us and explore the changing ideas and attitudes about libraries through your Flash Fiction entries,

Have at it, and above all, 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.

Contest Rules:

*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 (Laboratory)
  • Must mention Randall 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 Monday 5 PM February 11th
  • Three (3) 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
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


I am definitely in! How can we sign up for this? -Thomas Vissman

Stay tuned! We'll announce all the details on Feb. 4th right here. Put it on your calendar to check back!  - UNCW Randall Library

Definitely in this year!

I'm pretty sure you write it according to the guidelines and turn it in before the due date. There's so need to sign up, or at least there wasn't last year. :)