Short Story Smash at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Flash fiction contest now allows 500 words, entries due by Aug. 1

Writers, ready your pens, pencils and keyboards. The Short Story Smash Contest at WICA is back, with a twist.

The contest now allows entries up to 500 words. Submissions are being accepted for the event, which will culminate with an on-site reading of entries on Aug. 11.

This flash fiction contest means stories are short, and hopefully sweet — event organizer Chris Spencer said he prefers stories with humor in them.

This is the thirteenth contest he is hosting, and he decided to change the length requirements this year from the rigid guidelines of the “100 Word Short Story Smash” as in years past.

“People were laboring to trying to make it exactly 100 words,” he said. “That was kind of a struggle.”

He estimates that the typical turnout is 80 to 120 people who show up to listen to stories being read on stage by himself and actors Jim Scullin and Shelley Hartle.

Those whose stories are voted to be in the top three get honors and bragging rights.

There will be a prize for a winning story that is exactly 100 words long.

As stories are read, there will be a fictional book cover with their name on it projected on-screen, showing what the story would hypothetically look like, were it published.

Original and published works are allowed. Up to three entries are due by Aug. 1 and should be emailed as .doc or .docx files to cspencer@whidbey.com.

The on-stage readings will take place 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. All seats are $20.

More in News

Running Start classes available over summer

Skagit Valley College is launching a summer pilot program for high schoolers to earn college credit.

EOD to conduct explosive training May 24

The training is needed as part of the unit’s certification for deployment and is in accordance with established military training and readiness requirements.

Car crashes into building, boat during police chase

The car went through a building, struck a “Zodiac type boat” and came to rest against the far wall, the deputy’s report states.

North Whidbey man jailed for car insurance fraud

Arnold F. Bodner, 58, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court April 16 to a single count of insurance false claim, which was a felony charge because the amount of the claim exceeded $1,500.

Maple Leaf Cemetery groundskeeper William West, at left, and caretaker Michael Dougliss plant the first tree that is part of a new remembrance project. (Photo provided)
Cemetery offers trees as way to memorialize their loved ones

People can have a tree planted in memory of a loved one, who doesn’t have to be buried in the cemetery, for a donation of $100.

Amid good news on COVID, a troubling drop in vaccine demand

The wrinkle in the good news for Whidbey Island and the nation is that demand for vaccinations is decreasing, which is very bad news for public health and businesses.

School district registering for alternative program

Students, even those who live outside the district, are invited to register for South Whidbey’s new ALE program.

WICA celebrating 25th anniversary

The organization founded in 1996 is the result of a 10-year, community-funded effort.

Aja and Rainey Stewart, 4, search for bees in a tree in bloom.
Island farmers abuzz about absence of native bees

Eighteen farmers approached the county commissioners at a recent meeting about the issue, voicing their concerns about the lack of native pollinators.

Most Read