Flash Prose (formerly 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.
In 2023 WMO added Flash non-fiction to recast the contest as Flash Prose.
Some past winning entries are shown below.
Previous Winning Entries
The call she knew would come came. He’s gone, they said. Died in his sleep. Tears fell, some for joy that he was free.
He drove straight through, despite his full bladder and his aching left knee. He wanted to get to the summer house before sunset, and he
Since the stroke, his words won’t come—hide and seek, smudge and slur, thoughts and tongue as thick as mud yet clear to him. “Speak?”
Or so said Gran, the old witch. Who knew what she saw, what lay in the way; the then, the now, the what would be.