Indie 500 flash fiction contest!

In case you hadn’t heard, Mountain Xpress has brought back its Indie 500 flash fiction contest. Submissions are open through Tuesday, May 31. For details and to enter a 500 word story, click here or scroll down.

HOUSE FP FictionContest

All writers are invited to submit a Western North Carolina-set story of up to 500 words. Prizes include $50 plus publication for 1st place and publication plus bragging rights for two runners up.

The final judges are Katey Schultz and Jake Bible.

Katey is the author of Flashes of War. A graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing program and recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council, Katey teaches workshops, mentors via correspondence, freelances and travels for her work. She lives in Celo. Learn more at

Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega series for Severed Press, as well as the YA zombie novel, Little Dead Man, the Teen horror novel, Intentional Haunting, the middle grade scifi/horror ScareScapes series, and the Reign of Four series, which he calls “medieval space fiction,” for Permuted Press. He’s a Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel. Learn more at

The rules:

• This contest is for works of fiction only. Poetry and essays are not accepted.
• Works must not exceed 500 words (title not included).
• Works must be set at least in part in Western North Carolina — and clearly identified as such.
• Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.
• Writers may enter as many stories as they like. A $5 fee per entry will be collected for each entry.
• This contest is not open to Xpress employees or their family members.
• Your attachment (as a Word Doc, DocX, or Rich Text file) must NOT contain your name or any identifying information.

Important dates:

• Contest runs Monday, May 2, though Tuesday, May 31
• Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31
• The winners will be announced in the July 27 issue of Xpress and online at
• Winning stories will be published in the August 24 and 31 issues of Xpress

Prizes include $50 plus publication for 1st place, and publication plus bragging rights for two runners up. Enter here.

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