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Regional Finals for Literary Flash 2013


“Literary Flash: Three Minutes to Fame” is hitting the road for the last of the regional competitions before Writers’ Day on April 6, 2013, where the final showcase will be hosted. “Lit Flash” is a fun way for writers to showcase their work in front of an audience and an esteemed panel of judges. With just three minutes to wow, things get heated fast! For full set of rules, scroll down to the bottom of the page. 

During April, Literary Flash will be held at:

Lebanon at Salt Hill Pub on Monday, April 1, 2013 during Writers' Night Out. SIGN UP NOW to be a contestant and read your original 3-minute flash fiction piece. Limited to 12 contestants, first come, first served. 


Joni B. Cole is the author of the acclaimed collection of personal essays, Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior. Co-founder of the Writer’s Center of White River Junction and a Pushcart Prize nominee, she also wrote Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive (“I can't imagine a better guide to [writing's] rewards and perils than this fine book,” American Book Review) and created the three-volume “This Day” series, including Water Cooler Diaries: Women across America Share Their Day at Work. Joni is a contributor to The Writer magazine, and a frequent presenter at writing conferences around the country. For more info:

David Corey has worked in the book-publishing industry for two decades, from editing and acquisitions to marketing, publicity, and sales, at such houses as W. W. Norton and Tuttle Publishing. A freelance writing and literature instructor, Corey is a graduate of Emerson College’s master’s program in writing, literature, and publishing. He teaches classes and seminars on both the craft and business of writing for Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Writers' Project. He is currently the director of marketing and sales for the University Press of New England in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The third judge will be announced soon. 

During March, Literary Flash events were held at:

Nashua at Martha's Exchange on March 4, 2013 during Writers’ Night Out.

WINNER: Wandajune Bishop-Towle

Judges: Kim Ponders, Anne Kelsey (aka Melissa Gould), and Dale Phillips. 

Kim Ponders, author of The Art of Uncontrolled Flight and The Last Blue Mile
Dale Phillips, author of the Zach Taylor mystery series
Anne Kelsey, author of the soon-to-be-published Deadly Intruder

Manchester at Milly's Tavern (in the backroom) on March 4, 2013 during Writers' Night Out.

WINNER: Robin Small

Judges: Carla Gericke, Rob Greene, and Wendy Lewick. 

Carla Gericke holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York. Her writing has been honored by awards and scholarships, including from A Room of Her Own Foundation. Carla teaches writing workshops and is the program director of the New Hampshire Writers' Project. Her flash fiction piece “Duck, Duck, Goose” was named one of Wigleaf’s Top 200 Online Short-Shorts for 2008.

Rob Greene is a high-school writing teacher and fictionist with an MFA in fiction writing from SNHU. He is seeking representation for his literary sci-fi novel, "Leaving Home," which explores the lives of three teenagers living at the end of the world. Greene is shin-deep in a new novella and is also writing a short-story collection about the male relationship with work and love.

Wendie Leweck is a 2012 graduate of SNHU's MFA in fiction writing program. She is currently shopping her novel, "Finding the One," a YA coming-of-age story, as well as several short pieces, and continues to push the “rules” of combining prose with poetry. She is the Owner of Spotlight Publicity, a boutique firm that specializes in working with authors and artists. 

The winners at these events will join the four finalists--Robin Curtiss (Concord), Anni Shamim (Keene), Nathan Keyes (Seacoast) and Ronald Roy (Berlin). The winners in each region will compete at a final showdown at NHWP’s annual Writers’ Day conference on April 6, 2013. The keynote speaker is Andre Dubus III, the New York Times bestselling author of several books. NHWP is proud to announce that seven past keynote speakers are also returning, in addition to several of your favorite past instructors. For more information about Writers' Day, and to register for the largest writing conference in New Hampshire, CLICK HERE

“Literary Flash: Three Minutes to Fame” Rules

1. Original flash fiction piece of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud. Contestants consent to being shot with a water pistol if they go over their time. Yes, we mean business!
2. First come, first served basis, per location. Sign up online or at the door (space permitting). Limited to 10 contestants, with walk-ins permitted at the judges’ discretion, time permitting.
3. Judges give verbal feedback and a numeric score out of five. The contestant with the highest score wins. In the event of a tie, the winner is selected by the audience through an “applause-o-meter” test as determined by the judges.
4. One point over-all will be deducted for the following: going over your time, AND reading poetry (this is a flash fiction contest, folks!).
5. Regional winners are expected to participate in the Literary Flash Finals at Writers' Day, April 6, 2013, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.
6. Regional prizes may include complimentary NHWP membership and gift certificates. The over-all winner gets free entrance to Writers' Day 2014. Everyone gets bragging rights!
7. Contestants agree, upon request, to present his/her submission to NHWP for possible publication online and in an anthology.