FlashLIT 2023

2023 Theme Generations Stories Due By: Feb. 1

Calling all student writers!  Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, starts NOW!

This year’s theme is “GENERATIONS.”

This theme was inspired by the selection of Yaa Gyasi’s book Homegoing as the NEA Big Read book for this academic year. Homegoing, the story of one Ghanian family split into two branches over the course of nearly three hundred years of history, explores ideas of family history, ancestral memory, inheritance, and the impact of past events on the lives of their survivors and descendants. We encourage you to reimagine the theme creatively, and entries will benefit from engaging with it in unique or unexpected ways. All genres—in both fiction and non-fiction—are welcome.

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 two weeks 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 GENERATIONS.  Must mention Randall Library.
  • Submissions due by Wednesday, February 1st 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 hard copy 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 (https://library.uncw.edu/forms/flashlit_submission)

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
January 18, 2023 - 9:00am