Join us Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM in Randall Library Sherman Hayes Gallery for a celebration of FlashLIT 2019! ***NOTE: This is a change in date, so please update your calendars***
The event will include readings from the top winners, craft talks by student artists and designers, free books, and great food!
FlashLIT is an expansion of our annual Flash Fiction Contest, which is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW and the entire student body is invited to participate. FlashLIT is a writing competition where contestants have one week to write 500 words (or less) in any genre of writing.
This year’s theme: WATER
Why WATER? Water is critical to sustaining life and is omnipresent in our lives. Recent and ongoing events remind us of our relationship with water, for better or worse. Last year, UNCW felt the overwhelming power of water when Hurricane Florence battered our shores and campus in September 2018. Wilmington is uniquely situated, surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River, and the Atlantic Ocean. In this region, water is always on our minds!
As you bond with the theme, also keep in mind that February 7th is International Periodic Table Day, and that 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table. The two elements, hydrogen and oxygen, form this wondrous thing we call water. Further, March 22nd is World Water Day, an initiative to have safe drinking water for the entire world. Undoubtedly, water is one of the most important substances on Earth. In the wake of global, national, and local issues, water has always been a recurring theme due to pollution, global warming, flooding, and scarcity. Globally, there is a lack of clean water in developing countries. Nationally, Flint, Michigan still struggles with receiving clean drinking water. Locally, we are contending with GenX contamination.
For these reasons, and many more, we chose water as this year’s contest theme.