Kathryn McClatchy Flash Fiction Contest

contest IS NOW Closed.

2018 Winners will be announced at the Holiday Party on Monday, December 17th.

Beginning in 2015, the Writers Guild of Texas (WGT) began hosting an annual Flash Fiction contest. If you are unfamiliar with flash fiction, check out Flash Fiction Online and Flash Fiction FAQs on Writer's Digest.


  • Submissions must be original works that have not been previously published online or in print.

  • Word count must be between 3001,000 words. Even though they are short short stories, flash fiction must still include character development, plot, setting, theme, and conflict.

  • No poetry, essays, fan fiction, erotica, porn, graphic sex, or gratuitous violence will be accepted.

  • Submission fees are as follows:

    • WGT members may submit one entry at no cost. Additional submissions cost $15 per entry.

    • Non-members must pay a $35 submission fee for their first entry. Additional submissions cost $15 per entry.
      (The $35 fee grants the payee a complimentary WGT membership through December of the following year.)

  • Individuals may submit a maximum of three entries.

  • No simultaneous submissions will be accepted. Each entry must be submitted in a separate, individual email.

  • WGT Board members are not eligible to enter.


  • one-inch margins; double-spaced; 12-point Times New Roman font;

  • title and page number must be in the upper right-hand header;

  • author name must NOT be on any story page.

  • Story document should be sent as an email attachment in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format, and the email body must include: author's name, story title, and total word count.


  • Organization – Is the story logical? Is there a beginning, a middle, and an end? Is the conflict (man versus nature, man versus man, internal conflict) easily identified? Was there a clear resolution or an intentional cliff hanger?

  • Character Development – Did the protagonist grow throughout the story (since this is a short story, it is likely a situation where the character recognizes and resolves the conflict)?

  • Control and Consistency – Is the voice clear and consistent throughout the story? Is the language consistent?

  • Answers – Did the story answer: Who? What? Where? Why? When? And How?

  • Impression – Does the story emotionally or intellectually engage the reader?


  • Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the WGT Holiday Party in December. If you are unable to attend, you will be notified after the party.

  • Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four stories:

    • 1st Place: $150;

    • 2nd Place: $100;

    • 3rd Place: $50;

    • Honorable Mention: $25.

  • All four winning stories will be published the following year in The Mentor (the WGT newsletter) and on the WGT website.


  • The 2018 contest opens for entries on Monday, September 17th. No early entries will be accepted.

  • Stories must be submitted prior to 11:59pm (central time) Wednesday, October 31, 2018. No late entries will be accepted.


  • Be sure you have read all of the above guidelines.

  • If applicable, use the the button below to pay your entry fee(s) and be sure to include your *order number* in your submission email.

  • Email submissions to: [contest closed]

  • You will receive confirmation of receipt, usually within 48 hours.



1. "Spin Me, Charlie" by Leah Hinton
2. "A Dark Fog" by Leah Hinton
3. "Goldie" by Sabrina Chapman
HM. "Tiny Steps" by Steve McCluer


1. "The Visiting Professor" by Deborah Bean
2. "Blue" by Leah Hinton
3. "Everything Changes" by Edgar Collie
HM. "Dream Game" by Seth Eckholm