Flash Fiction Contest Winners: “Outsider”

As part of this year’s One Read program and inspired by the themes of displacement, disconnection and longing for the feeling of home in “The Ruins of Us,” we challenged writers to craft a tale that somehow explores this idea of being an outsider. We received stories of cliques and exclusion, moving to an unfamiliar city, the immigrant experience,  or of returning to a home that is no longer home–all told in no more than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared the worlds of your imagination with us. Our two winners are Josh Ray and Chinwe Ndubuka.  Writers Melody Hapner and Nidhi Khosla receive honorable mentions.

We invite all participants to come to our Flash Fiction Reading and Reception on Monday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Columbia Independent School Cafetorium (1801 N. Stadium Blvd).

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Flash Fiction Contest: Outsider

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This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! Winners will be announced by September 13.

“Imagine. To live out your life in a country not your own. Imagine it.” – Keija Parssinen, “The Ruins of Us”

This year’s One Read  selection is rich with themes related to displacement, disconnection and a longing for the feeling of home. In 250 words or less, craft a tale that somehow explores this idea of being outside – outside of a culture, a community, a family. Evoke the feeling of being a stranger in a strange land, whether that land is a foreign country, your childhood home or even your own mind.

Entries may be submitted using this form, mailed or dropped off at any library or bookmobile. (See full rules below for details.) Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and winners will receive a $20 book store gift card.

Entries are due by Wednesday, September 4. Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules. Read More

One Read Art Exhibit: Call for Submissions

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A One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)

“Your heart’s love has no land, no homeland, no address.” ~ poet Nizar Qabbani, as quoted by Keija Parssinen in “The Ruins of Us”

 

Inspired by this year’s One Read selection, we invite Mid-Missouri artists to contribute works that explore the idea of home, of leaving and returning, or what Parssinen calls “that mysterious child-love for a left-behind place,” a place that largely exists in one’s imagination or memory. Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, courtesy of Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, the second place winner $75 and the first place winner $125 plus a free educational class from the Columbia Art League. Art will be displayed September 8-21 at Orr Street Studios with an opening reception, awards and program on Tuesday, September 10 at 6 p.m.

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2012 One Read Flash Fiction Contest Winners Announced

As part of this year’s One Read program and inspired by the themes of personal myth-making, superstition and family secrets in “The Tiger’s Wife, we challenged writers to craft a tale in which a secret is revealed or concealed. We received stories of deathbed confessions, affairs, love and loss–all told in no more than 250 words. Thank you to everyone who entered. Our two winners were Amy Ewing and Frank Montagnino.

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Flash Fiction Contest: Tall Talk, Secret Stories

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UPDATE: Our 2012 flash fiction contest is now closed. Winners will be announced by October 9. Thank you to all who participated!

“Everything necessary to understand my grandfather lies between two stories: the story of the tiger’s wife, and the story of the deathless man. These stories run like secret rivers through all the other stories of his life…” Tea Obreht, “The Tiger’s Wife”

“Shere Khan is all long tail and tall talk.” Rudyard Kipling, “The Jungle Book”

These quotes inspire this year’s One Read writing contest. “The Tiger’s Wife” is rich in themes of personal myth-making, superstition and family secrets. Your challenge, therefore, in 250 words or less, is to craft a tale in which a secret is revealed or concealed. Your secret can be small and personal or significant. Its telling (or its concealment) can have happy or devastating consequences. The details are up to you! Entries may be submitted using this form or at any library or bookmobile. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on this site and winners will get a $20 book store gift card. Entries are due by September 24.

Participants must be age 16 or older and residents of Boone or Callaway Counties. Read on for complete contest rules. Read More