Flash fiction contest

Are YOU an award-winning writer in the making?

To mark our 5th anniversary and to encourage future award-winning writers, the Morristown Festival of Books is introducing a Flash Fiction Contest for New Jersey high school students!

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Submission Details

Submissions for this contest are now closed. Thank you for your interest and keep on writing!

Stories with a word-count limit of 1,000 or less must be submitted electronically as a Word document via email: flashfictioncontest@morristownbooks.org. Do not include your name in the electronic filename of the document.

The submission must have a cover page which includes:

  • Author’s name
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • School name with full address and phone number
  • Grade (9, 10, 11, or 12)
  • English or writing teacher’s name

The cover page will not count toward the 1,000-word limit.


Author must be a high school student (public, private or homeschooled) in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the 2018-2019 school year.

Author must live in New Jersey.

Only one submission per author.

Did we mention the prizes?

Contest winners will be announced at the Morristown Festival of Books Keynote Presentation, held at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 12.

  • 1st place winner will receive a $300 gift certificate.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $150 gift certificate.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $75 gift certificate.

All finalist stories will be featured on our website!


Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Writing style
  • Overall writing quality

Contest Rules and Regulations

All entries must:

  • Be no more than 1,000 words.
  • Be written in the English language.
  • Be wholly the original work of the entrant, written solely by the entrant.
  • Not be copied from any other source.
  • Not have been previously broadcast or otherwise distributed or disseminated in any media or format.
  • Not be in the public domain.
  • Not be in violation or in conflict with the trademark, copyright, rights of privacy, right of publicity or any other rights, of any kind or nature of any other person or entity.
  • Not include any language or other content that is inappropriate, offensive, pornographic or otherwise unfit for dissemination or broadcast, as determined by the Morristown Festival of Books in its sole discretion.
  • Be submitted by the stated deadline.

Submissions not satisfying these criteria in any respect will be disqualified. If the Morristown Festival of Books, in its sole discretion, has reason to believe that any entry contains material that may infringe or violate any law or rights of a third party or that the use or broadcast of such entry in the manner described herein may infringe or violate any law or rights of a third party, the Festival may immediately disqualify such entry and take any other measures the Festival deems appropriate or necessary.

Grant of Rights

By submitting a flash fiction entry, the entrant grants to the Morristown Festival of Books:

The right to edit the story for grammar, spelling and punctuation; and

  • A non-exclusive, assignable, perpetual, license to produce, publish, distribute, transmit, exhibit, exploit and license the Story and any portions thereof in any format (collectively “distribute” or “distribution,” as applicable) by any and all means, uses, and media, whether audio, print, audiovisual or otherwise, now or hereafter known, throughout the universe in all languages without financial compensation.

Not Eligible to Participate

The following, and their family members, are prohibited from participation in this contest:

  • The Board of the Morristown Festival of Books
  • Ivy Educational Services owners and employees
  • The panel of 2018 judges

2018 Judges panel

  • Stefanie Toye, Executive Director, Ivy Educational Services
  • Anne Piascik, Media Specialist, Morristown High School
  • Matt Daly, English Department, Morristown High School
  • Dr. Linnea Hasegawa, Adjunct Instructor of Writing, Drew University
  • Dr. Andrew Lutz, Chair, English Department, Gill St. Bernard’s School
  • Lisa Levchuk, Chair, English Department, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
  • Jeff Campbell, Author and Teacher, The Writers Circle

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