Categories Awards, Closed
Submission Due 2014-09-20
Word Count 600 or less
Prize 80 (AUD)

This Award is now CLOSED




In a 1992 letter to Canadian humorist John Robert Colombo, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke recounts: While lunching with friends at a restaurant (variously identified as Luchow’s or The Algonquin), Hemingway bets the table ten dollars each that he can craft an entire story in six words. After the pot is assembled, Hemingway writes “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” on a napkin, passes this around the table, and collects his winnings.

For this award, we challenge you to write a flash fiction less than 600 words.

As a tribute to Ernest Hemingway, please include one or more of these keywords:

i) for sale

ii) baby shoes

Iii) never worn

Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us with your pieces. We are looking for “that story” we couldn’t wait to share with our friends.


Announced: 7 August 2014

Submission Date: 20 Sept 2014

Short List: 22 Sept – 5 Oct 2014

Winner Announced: 6 Oct 2014

Word Count:  600 or less

Prizes: $80  (AUD or equivalent)