The First Ever WritetoDone Flash Fiction Contest

    Click here to read the winning stories!

    Many readers ask, ‘How can I become known as a writer?’

    One of the best ways is to win a writing contest.

    We’ve got a lot of talented writers here at WritetoDone; I’m always impressed by the stunning responses to our Scene Stealer series!

    So we decided to spice it up and give you an opportunity to shine. Here’s what we came up with.

    The first-ever WritetoDone Flash Fiction Contest, with a Prize of $500!

    Flash Fiction means a very short story. In our Flash Fiction contest, the entries should be 500 words or less.

    Read on to know more about the Contest, its Rules and the Prize.


    The WTD Flash Fiction Contest


    1. The Flash Fiction Contest 2014 runs from Tuesday, 16th September to 11:59 on Sunday, 5th October, Eastern Time.
    2. Your story should be 500 words or less. Every word will be counted, and the upper limit is 500. (The title is not included in the word count.)
    3. The contest is open to everyone; there are no age restrictions.
    4. The story submitted should be previously unpublished in any media anywhere.
    5. The story must be written in English.
    6. There is an entry fee of $10.00 for each submission.
    7. You can submit any number of stories, so long as each entry is accompanied by the payment of $10.00.
    8. Submissions are open until Sunday, October 5th.
    9. The results will be declared on Friday, October 17th.

    Click here to register!


    The Prize


    The Prize will be $500, and the stories submitted by the winner and two runners-up will be published along with the results on Friday, 17th October.

    The results will be chosen by the Write to Done team and award-winning author, contest judge, and popular WTD guest post contributor, Dr. John Yeoman.

    The stories submitted by the Prizewinner, the First Runner-Up and the Second Runner-Up will be published along with the results, on Friday, 17th October, 2014.

    This is your chance to shine!

    Click here to register

    You can write about anything, as long as it’s fiction, and within the word count.

    Maybe you have a fresh idea that you’re keen to shape into a story. Or maybe you can dig out some of your stories from way back and tweak them to fit the word count.

    We’re open to any style and genre.

    So, get writing, and most of all, have fun!

    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

    • SangD says:

      My daughter would love to enter this. Is there an age requirement to participate?

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        There’s no age limit, so she can go ahead and send us her story!

    • Giulia Falco says:

      Hi! Good morning from Texas. I was just wondering whether you got my entry which I submitted on the 5th? I did not receive any confirmation nor rejection email from your part.
      Thanks for your attention and have a nice day.

      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        Giulia, we’ve received your story, and look forward to reading it!

    • Mitch Klein says:

      Just wanted to check my submission. I did receive the receipt from paypal, and I did get a page with the submission email afterward, but I didn’t get a notification that my submission was received. Would you mind checking?



      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        We’ve got your story, Mitch, and are eager to read it! 🙂

        • Mitch Klein says:

          Great! Thank you.

    • Claudia Bradshaw says:

      Was I supposed to receive a confirmation email that my submission was received? If so, I didn’t receive one. Can you make sure you received my email? I sent it at 8:53 pm MST last night.


      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        Claudia, your story came in, and we’re looking forward to reading it! 🙂

        • Claudia Bradshaw says:

          Thank you!!!

      • No worries – we received your submission, Claudia!

    • I apologize for being a bother, but when I registered for the contest on my iPad, the page which followed the payment in PayPal pulled up blank.

      Can you help me with where I need to submit my entry?

      Thank you.

      • I received help from Mary via email. Thank you and, again, sorry to bother.

        My entry should be in the designated inbox.

        – Drew

        • Vinita Zutshi says:

          Your story’s reached us, and we look forward to reading it, Drew!

    • Tying to enter the competition, I submitted the information, but nothing has hapened. Help!

      • So sorry – worked it out and sent something. Is there an auto response?

        • Vinita Zutshi says:

          We’ve received your story, Alexander, and look forward to reading it!

      • I’ve sent you an email confirming your submission, Alexander.

    • I just thought I’d mention that in the rules listed on this page, it says: “Your story should be 500 words or less. Every word will be counted, and the upper limit is 500. (The title is not included in the word count.” But then on the registration page it says: “Your story should be 500 words or less. Every word will be counted (hyphenated words count as one word), and the upper limit is 500. Your story should have a title; it is included in your word count.”

      The story I’m submitting is within the word count even if the title is included but it would be a shame if some entries were to be disqualified because they didn’t include their title in the word count as per the rules on the registration page.

      • Vinita Zutshi says:


        Thanks for pointing this out.

        We’ll ensure that no one gets disqualified by the sliver of a title! 🙂

    • I. Zeleny says:

      Hi there,

      I registered at PayPal about half an hour ago, but still no email from WriteToDone with instructions. Should I be worried? Or does it normally take perhaps an hour or so for the email to come through?


      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        Indira, please check your email for the submission email address.

        If you have any problems, just email your story as an attachment in response to my email, and I’ll take care of it.

      • It’s all good! We received your contest submission, Indy

    • Amber George says:

      Hello, I sent my submission to the email in the Paypal receipt, but wanted to verify that I sent it to the correct email. Thank you for this opportunity!

      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        Amber, we received your story, and are looking forward to reading it!

      • I’ve sent you an email confirming your submission, Amber.

    • Ryan LaBee says:

      I submitted to works for this, how do we know if our stories were were received? Is there a confirmation email of any kind that says they got our stories? I would love any kind of feedback. Thanks!

      • Ryan LaBee says:

        I do not know what happened with that first post. I submitted TWO works for this, and i was just wondering if there was an email or anything that would confirm that our work was received. Thanks for your time.

        • Vinita Zutshi says:

          We received both your stories, Ryan. 🙂

    • Well I paid the $10 fee and received a receipt from PayPal but how the heck do I now submit my story? Please advise ASAP since the deadline is tomorrow. Thanks.

      • There was no “special contest email address” with the PayPal receipt. How do I get that to enter?

        • Vinita Zutshi says:

          Brad, please check your inbox for the email address where you need to submit your entry as an email attachment.

    • Roy Gomez says:

      Hi, guys: Are we supposed to forward our entry as an email, or email attachment?


      • Please send us your entry as an email attachment. When you register, you’ll get access to the special contest email address.

    • Hi! I would like to know what all my payment options are for entering the contest. Thanks

      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        You can head over to the Registration page to check out the payment options, Heddy.

        Vinita Zutshi
        Associate Editor, Write to Done

    • Valerie says:

      Hi, I paid $10 via paypal (yesterday) for the Flash Fiction contest but didn’t receive an email back after submitting my registration. I noticed another comment said that they got an email. Can you help?

      • Vinita Zutshi says:

        Hi Valerie,

        Please check your inbox for the email address.


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    • Ernie says:

      Woops. Nevermind. You send it to the email address. Sorry.

    • Ernie says:

      I just paid the 10 dollars for the submission, but it didn’t let me submit anything… Hmmm please help.

    • Peggy says:

      Hi, signed on to Write to Done, and attempting to enter the flash fiction contest – no pay pal button appears, nor instructions for submission, just goes back to the page describing the contest. Help?

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