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2006 Flash Fiction Contest
Mirrors and Masks
By  IN House Staff

Flash fiction is fun, fast and may even be profitable with Mindprints Journal.
he editorial staff of Mindprints, A Literary Journal, an international magazine of short fiction, poetry and art published by the Learning Assistance Program at Allan Hancock College, is proud to announce a flash fiction contest.

Prizewinners, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, will receive cash prizes of $50, $30, and $20 respectively, and their stories will appear in Volume VIII of the journal. Mindprints will also publish several honourable mentions. The contest theme is "Mirrors and Masks." Please feel free to interpret this theme as broadly as you like. The word limit is 500. Entry fees are $5 per entry, and you may enter as many times as you wish. The contest postmark deadline is October 27, 2006.

Contest parameters (

  1. All entries must be typed, double-spaced and printed on one side of the paper.
  2. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
  3. Please enter original, unpublished work only.
  4. Entries must be 500 words or less. Longer stories will be discarded.
  5. There is no need for a cover letter, but a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, email address, title of story, and word count is required. Please do not put any personal identification on the story.
  6. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or an International Reply Coupon (IRC) if you would like a reply.
  7. Make check or money order payable to Allan Hancock College, and send all entries to:

Paul Fahey, editor
Mindprints, A Literary Journal
The Learning Assistance Program
Allan Hancock College
800 South College Dr.
Santa Maria, CA 93454-6399

REMEMBER: Electronic submissions will not be accepted. The above contest link is for reference only.

Also Open Submissions:

If you would like to write for Mindprints, we also have open submissions and the editors invite writers and artists with disabilities, as well as those with an interest in the field of disability, to submit their work for general publication (see the guidelines link below). The editors at Mindprints take great pride in showcasing new artists and writers alongside established ones.

Mindprints is a unique publication. It is one of the first community college literary magazines designed as a creative forum for writers and artists with disabilities. With its emphasis on flash fiction and flash memoir of 250 to 750 words, it is also on the cutting edge of today's fiction market.

Whether you are an accomplished artist or writer or just a beginner, over and above the flash fiction contest, your submissions are welcome. Please check out Submission Guidelines at to read more information about sending us your work and to learn more about our editors.

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