Ultra Flash Fiction

Our annual three-hundred, one-syllable word Ultra Flash Fiction Contest was the diabolical brainchild of WMO’s founder, Al Manning. He wasn’t trying to be difficult. Instead, the exercise is designed to illustrate the importance of word choice and proofreading. Since its inception in 2010, many a fine story have fallen in the reject pile because a two-syllable snuck in past the writer.


In 2020, WMO invited all members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network to submit, and introduced a more palatable three-hundred, multi-syllable word contest for WMO members.


Some past winning entries are shown below. You can find others on our old website.

2022 Guidelines

Writers’ Morning Out will begin accepting submissions for the twelfth annual Ultra-Flash Fiction contest on August 1. The contest will have two divisions: one-syllable and

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Winning Entries