Oooh, I’m totally doing this!

I love ghost stories!  And promts!  And prizes!  And being part of the cemetary tour sounds cool, too!


Ligonier Valley Writers Announces Flash Fiction Contest


Where do you find winning stories? For our contest, graveyards, mausoleums, cemeteries, and other burial places. Write a scary (or not so scary) story for moolah, cash, coin of the realm!

Ligonier Valley Writers is again looking for scribes to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and write a flash fiction story for its seventh annual Flash Fiction Contest. 

Ed Kelemen, contest chair, announces the deadline for the contest: the witching hour when August 14, 2011, passes into history. Knowing the lack of cash in most writers’ wallets, Ligonier Valley Writers is pleased to announce that there will be NO ENTRY FEE for this contest.

Okay, here are the details: 

            1. This year the setting must be a graveyard, mausoleum, cemetery, or other burial place.

            2. Since this year marks the 25th anniversary of Ligonier Valley Writers, you must include the words twenty-five, anniversary, and silver somewhere in the body of your story.

            3. A flash fiction story is less than 1,000 words long. But good news: The words twenty-five, anniversary, and silver don’t count. Your story can run all of 1,003 words.

            4. To save a few trees, writers are encouraged to submit electronically. Please place your story in the body of an email and send it to Ed Kelemen at Do NOT send it as an attachment; attachments will not be opened.

            5. Include a short (150 words maximum) bio and the following statement with your entry: “I, [Your Name], hereby give Ligonier Valley Writers the right to read my story titled “——————-” at various venues during the Halloween season of 2011 and a one-time right to publish the story online at The rights revert to me six months after the story is published.”  Include your name, address, and contact information.

            6. Winning entries will be read at the Hannah’s Town historical site in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, as part of its annual Graveyard Tour shortly before Halloween.

            7. Winning entries will also be published online at

            8. Now for the part you’ve been waiting for. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Prize $50, Second Prize $25, Third Prize $15. There will also be three Honorable Mentions. These stories will not receive cash prizes but will be published and read aloud with the other winners.

For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit the site for news on the LVW Conference July 16, the Loyalhanna Review publication party July 15, the Author and Artist Book Fair August 13, and the all-day Writing History workshop at Hannah’s Town August 27.

About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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