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In Focus: A Contest for Flash Memoir

12/08/2021| WFLF


Pensacola, Fla. – Dec. 6, 2021 - West Florida Literary Federation is asking area residents to think back on their flashpoint moments, pivotal scenes, revealing snapshots in time, and brief-but-oh-so-meaningful encounters and write about them. The nonprofit writers’ organization is sponsoring “In Focus: A Contest for Flash Memoir,” a creative nonfiction contest with cash prizes and an opportunity for publication.


Luke Wallin, professor of creative writing, former editor of The Louisville Review and award-winning author of national acclaim who lives in Rhode Island, will serve as a guest judge. The judging panel will be looking for entries that distill a personal experience and share the heart and essence of it in order to impact readers with a keepsake take-away. Contest entries will be read with the name of the writer concealed. Contest Facilitator Claire Massey asks writers to “share your moments of truth, the crossroads and rest stops on your journey, the images that define who you were and who you are.”


Contest entries will be accepted electronically on Submittable in January 2022. Any resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton or Bay counties in Florida or Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties in Alabama, 18-years or older is eligible to participate. Members of West Florida Literary Federation and the Florida Writers’ Association are also eligible to enter. Non-members pay a $10 submission fee.


Specific formatting details are now available HERE or on Submittable after Jan. 1. For more questions email Massey at [email protected]




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