Spooooky Flash Fiction Contest Winners Announced

Damn. It got Spooooky up in here.  Not just regular spooky either, I’m talking full-bore four-o spooooky.

Our Spooooky Flash Fiction Contest is now complete!  We’ve got ten winners to announce.

Best of Ohio Short StoriesEach author was given three random images and asked to write a spooooky story based on the provided images.  This contest was brought to you by the release of Best of Ohio Short Stories, our newest anthology.

You can browse all of the flash fiction entries here.

Popular Vote

Three winners were chosen by popular vote.  The top vote earner wins, and two more of the top 10 vote earners were also randomly selected to take a home a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.

Our winners are:
“Blow” by Adam Koeth
“Transit” by Matthew Seabaugh
“Memories” by Benjamin Miller

Nice work!  Congratulations to all three winners.

Judges Finalists

Three stories were selected by CCC judges as finalists.  Vote count did NOT factor into the decision.

Our judges were looking for stories that successfully created character and plot, with effective use of imagery and dialog, and which created a story larger than the text on the page.

Seven in a Jeep by Ed GaydosEach finalist will receive an autographed copy of Seven in a Jeep by Ed Gaydos.

Our three finalists, as selected by CCC judges are:

“Blow” by Adam Koeth
“Destiny Averted” by Craig Lovelace
“A Pact with a Poltergeist” by Heather Constantinescu

Nice work finalists!  The three of you put together excellent stories in a very short amount of time.  You’ve each got a copy of Seven in a Jeep on the way!

The Grand Champion

One of the finalists has been selected as the grand champion.  Vote count did not factor into the selection of the grand champion.  Ultimately, we chose the story that was the spooookiest!

Congratulation to Adam Koeth, your story “Blow” is our grand champion!  You’ve won your choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card!

Read “Blow” by Adam Koeth here. Excellent work, Adam!

Three more random voters will also be contacted and sent a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.  Thanks to everyone who voted in our contest!

Don’t forget to check out our newest anthology, Best of Ohio Short Stories!  If you enjoyed this contest, please support Columbus Creative Cooperative by purchasing a copy of this great anthology, or becoming a member.

A special thanks goes out to Columbus Press and Ed Gaydos for donating three autographed copies of Seven in a Jeep: A Memoir of the Vietnam War to be used as prizes.  Find more information about the book at www.SeveninaJeep.com.

And finally, thank you to all of the contestants who entered stories.  There were lots of great stories, you can find them all here.

“Spooooky” Flash Fiction Contest Ends Tonight!

At 11:59 pm today our “Spooooky” flash fiction contest will be closed forever. If you haven’t submitted a story yet, this is your last chance!

In the spirit of getting spooooky, winners will be announced on October 31st.

Get started here!

We’re giving away ten prizes!

Three top vote earners will receive a copy of our Columbus: Past, Present and Future anthology. The top vote earner will be awarded a copy, as well as two randomly selected top ten vote earners.

Three finalists will be selected by CCC judges based on their overall writing quality, creative use of images and plot and character development. These three winners will each receive an autographed, limited-edition Advance Review Copy of Seven in a Jeep. Vote count is not a factor in selection of these finalists. Even if you submit your story at the last moment, you could still be in the running for the grand prize!

One grand champion, chosen from the three finalists, will be awarded his/her choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

You don’t have to submit a story to win. Three randomly selected voters will also receive a copy of our Columbus: Past, Present and Future anthology. Each time you vote is another chance to win a prize!

Browse all of the entries here.

Even though it’s the last day of the contest, you still have lots of opportunities to win prizes.

If you enjoy CCC contests we encourage you to support future projects by purchasing one of our anthologies. Our most recent book, Best of Ohio Short Stories, was just released and is a fantastic read.

Happy writing and good luck!

“Spooooky” Flash Fiction Contest Ends Monday!

We’re nearing the end of our “Spooooky” flash fiction contest. Monday, October 28th, is the last day to enter a story and have a shot at winning an Amazon Kindle or one of our other awesome prizes.

Find complete rules and instructions for entering here.

We’ve received some excellent stories so far. Browse all of the submissions here.

Adam Koeth’s story “Blow”, leads the vote count at the time of this posting. Adam has done some fantastically creepy character development in just four paragraphs.

Our most recent submission is “Red Lips”, by Sean Coppens. This story gets spooooky in the first sentence and doesn’t stop there.

Remember, we’ll be giving away three prizes to three random voters. Each time you vote for a story is another chance to win. Vote here!

Time’s a tickin’! Get your “Spooooky” flash fiction entry in before it’s too late. Get started here.

Contact emily@ohiowriters.org with any questions.

Good luck!

Get Spooooky

Feeling spooky?  Not good enough!

If you’re not feeling four-O SPOOOOKY, you’ve got no business in this flash fiction contest.

Our newest random images flash fiction contest is in full swing through October 28.  Writers are given thee random (possibly spooooky) images, and are asked to write a story that incorporates all three images in 2,500 characters or less.

Find the contest, including directions for entering, by clicking here.

We’re giving away a bunch of cool prizes, including an Amazon Kindle (or a $50 gift card if you already have one), a bunch of copies of Columbus: Past, Present and Future, and we even snagged a few autographed copies of Seven in a Jeep by Ed Gaydos.

There are three ways to win: 1) Get a lot of votes for your story; 2) Be selected as a great story by the CCC judges; or 3) Vote on stories–three random voters also win.

As with all of our contests, this is just for fun.  Anyone caught taking it too seriously will be disqualified with great prejudice.

We hope it stimulates your creativity!  The sooner you submit your story, the sooner you can begin collecting votes!

Good luck!  Contact Emily at Emily@ColumbusCoop.org with any questions.

Spooooky Write-In at The Salt Mines Tonight

Don’t forget, tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is our write-in at The Salt Mines-2997 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202.

Join the Facebook event here.

Bring your “Spooooky” flash fiction contest submissions and your favorite seasonal snack or beverage.

Find details on our “Spooooky” flash fiction contest here.

These write-ins are a great way to meet other writers, put in some dedicated writing time and get the creative juices flowing. Plan to have fun and be productive no matter what your work style may be.

If you have other writing to work on besides a “Spooooky” flash fiction contest entry, that’s okay too.

You do NOT have to be a member to attend this event.

This is our first event at our awesome new space at The Salt Mines. Come see what we’re all about!

Questions? Contact us.

See you soon!

“Spooooky” Flash Fiction Contest Now Open!

Our latest flash fiction contest is now open. Send us your spookiest stories for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.

Find official rules and instructions for entering here.

The sooner you submit your story the more time it has to collect votes!

Our top voter earner will earn a copy of our Columbus: Past, Present and Future anthology. Two more of the top ten vote earners will be randomly selected to each win a copy of Columbus.

Support your favorite stories for another chance to win. Three voters will also be randomly selected to each win a copy of Columbus.

Three finalists will be chosen by CCC judges, and each will receive a limited-edition, autographed Advance Review Copy of Seven in a Jeep. Of the finalists, one story will be chosen as THE GRAND CHAMPION by the CCC judges, and will be awarded the author’s choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card!

What’re you waiting for? Get started here!

This contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 28th, 2013.

Good luck!

Questions? Contact us.

“Spooooky” Flash Fiction Contest Starts Monday!

We want you to scare us with 2500 characters or less. Speed up our heart rate, freeze our blood and make our hair stand on end with your story entries for our “Spooooky” flash fiction contest.

The contest will open at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 7th and close at 11:59 p.m. on October 28th. In the spirit of the “Spooooky” contest theme the winners will be announced on October 31st.

Contest participants will be given three random images to incorporate into their story. Seeing how writers imaginatively link unrelated images is part of the fun!

We’re giving away ten prizes!

Three top vote earners will receive a copy of our Columbus: Past, Present and Future anthology. The top vote earner will be awarded a copy, as well as two randomly selected top ten vote earners.

Three finalists will be selected by CCC judges based on their overall writing quality, creative use of images and plot and character development. These three winners will each receive an autographed, limited-edition Advance Review Copy of Seven in a Jeep. Vote count is not a factor in selection of these finalists. Even if your story is an underdog when it comes to popular vote, you could still be in the running for the grand prize!

One grand champion, chosen from the three finalists, will be awarded his/her choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

You don’t have to submit a story to win. Three randomly selected voters will also receive a copy of our Columbus: Past, Present and Future anthology. Once the stories start coming in, support your favorites for a chance to win a prize yourself.

Find complete rules and instructions for entering here.

We put on these contests because it’s a fun way to get people writing. It’s not always easy working up the courage to put your work out there, but contests like these can help. The prizes are a bonus!

Who’s going to earn those coveted bragging rights this time?

Happy writing!

Questions? Contact us.