Flash Fiction

Mary Kennedy Eastham Flash Fiction Prize Category

1st Prize: $100…. 2nd Prize: $50…. Third Prize:…. $25

Category Details

Keep each story under 500 words. Three stories per entry. One story per page, typed, double-spaced, and unidentified. Send me your best stuff but more than that make my heart beat faster. Surprise me. Read great writing daily and WRITE. WRITE. WRITE. To be successful you need to do your best every day for a very long time.

About Judge/Sponsor

MARY KENNEDY EASTHAM (San Jose, CA) M.A., MFA (Almost an MBA!) is the author of The Shadow of a Dog I Can’t Forget – Poems & Prose now in its 5th Printing. A 2011 Wild Card winner in the Hollywood Book Festival, the book was also a 2010 Celebrity Achievement winner, Runner-Up for Best Poetry Book in the USA Book News Best Books contest and a winner in the Guerilla Marketing Los Angeles Book Contest. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have won her over $20,000 in Artist Grants; they include the Chekhov Award, The Paris Writer’s Workshop Award,The Allen Ginsberg Award, two Grants from the Arts Council, Silicon Valley, and a $5,000 Dorothy Sargent Rosenburg Foundation Award. She has been a judge for the Shine Journal and the EPIC E-Book Competition. From July through October she conducts essay-writing seminars for college-bound high schoolers. When she isn’t busy finishing her novella The Girl With Sand in Her Hair, she raises champion Golden Retrievers in the San Francisco Bay Area, training them in agility and for mini-XGame fun!


Mary’s Website

Last Year’s Winners (2016)

First Prize: Gary R. Hoffman of Okeechobee, FL for “We Still Have San Francisco”

Second Prize: Louise Kantro of Modesto, CA for “Out of Hand”

Third Prize: Benita Schontag of Benicia, CA for “Alice Nobody”

Honorable Mentions: Supie Dunbar of Chicago, IL for “A Shirt Tale”; Louise Kantro of Modesto, CA for “Small Steps”; Margaret Gates of Little Rock, AR for “Fantasy For One”; Katharyn Howd Machan of Ithaca, NY for “One Evening”; Shizue Seigel of San Francisco, CA for “A Break in the Weather”; Jan Sherbin of Cincinnati, OH for “The Kiss”

Honorable Mentions: Joan F. Prebilich of Santa Cruz, CA for “Dog’s Best Friend”; Joan F. Prebilich of Santa Cruz, CA for “Serial Senior”; Judith Cody of Los Altos, CA for “Sub-Freezing”; Laura Wilson Tomaski of Dudley, MA for “Reunion”; Carrie Hatland of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for “MS Lord Selkirk”