FlashLIT 2022 -- Annual Student Writing Contest -- WINNERS

FlashLIT Theme is HOME

​Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 FlashLit Contest!

The theme this year was "Home," and our judges were impressed by the creativity with which entrants were able to reimagine the prompt in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry!

  • First Place: Savannah Schulze, “Wilmington College Library”
  • Second Place: Alexandra Bachmann, “Home is a Person”
  • Third Place: Fedoua Larhouasli, “6617, A love letter to M”

The judges also selected 11 pieces to be included alongside the top three entries in this year's anthology, which will be designed and published by the Creative Writing Publishing Lab students and illustrated by ART 273 digital illustration students.

Honorable mentions (alphabetical by last name):

  • Ryan Bloom, “The Way Home”
  • Audrey Hargrove, “Home and Sea Foam”
  • Kayla Kornelson, “Home.”
  • Makenna Judy, “Let Me Go Home”
  • Olha Novikova, “Clay House”
  • Paris Rogers, “Where the Heart Is”
  • Madison Summerville, “Home”
  • Kai Vining, “Considering Cassidy”
  • Isaac Walsh, “The Garden, the Fish, and the Mango Seeds”
  • Sascha Wren, “People Disappear Here”
  • Daniel Wright, “Reminders”

Stay tuned for details on our Reading Reception and Celebration on Thursday, April 28th, and congrats again to all!

Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, starts NOW!  

This year’s theme is “HOME.” 

This theme was inspired by the selection of Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street as the Big Read book for this academic year. Cisneros explores ideas of home, memory, place, and identity through her childhood home, the neighborhood she grew up in, and vignettes of life in those places. Wilmington is home to many, but like many houses also contains its share of hidden and buried histories. We encourage you to reimagine the theme creatively, from memories of your childhood home to haunted or historical houses to what it means to belong (or not)—and beyond.  

FlashLIT is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW where the entire student body is invited to participate.  This is a writing competition where contestants have one week to write 500 words (or less) in any genre of writing.   

The top three winners are awarded monetary prizes (applied to student accounts through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid).  First prize - $200.00; Second prize - $150.00; Third prize - $100.00.  The three winners, along with selected honorable mentions, will be published in an anthology.  Students from the Creative Writing Department Publishing Lab will be producing the anthology, and students in ART 273: Digital Illustration will be illustrating all entries, so it is truly a cross-campus applied learning production.

FlashLIT Contest Rules 
If any of these rules or formatting guidelines are not followed, your submission will be automatically disqualified. 

  • Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled. 

  • 500 words or less. 

  • Must include theme HOME.  Must mention Randall Library. 

  • Submissions due by Wednesday, February 2nd at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

  • One entry per student.

Formatting Guidelines 

  • Double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman, 1-inch margins on all sides. 

  • Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent. 

  • 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 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 and submitted as follows: lastname_firstname.docx.  

  • Submit a .docx version of your submission via the form

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.

Event/Exhibit Information
February 2, 2022 - 12:00am