Hot Flash Contest

What is flash fiction? It's a short-short story (sometimes called a micro-story) that usually contains the four classic elements: protagonist, conflict, complications, and resolution. But there are no rigid requirements. Here, for example, is Hemingway's famous six-word story: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." There's an art to wrapping up a big story in a tiny package.

The winners receive cash prizes. Their essays are published in the Journal and in the Stories from the Heart IX conference program. Click on the links below to read this year's winning pieces.

The flash fiction topic for this contest: Stories from the Heart. Consider (but don't feel confined to) these possibilities and more: heartache, heart throb, heart attack, heartfelt, broken heart, beating heart, dancing heart, bleeding heart...