How to Win a Short Fiction Contest*

by Shawn Proctor

*Winning not guaranteed.

In project management, the key is to begin with the end in mind. So maybe I should have foreseen that my flash story “A Good Egg” would be a winner of the 2017 Podcastle Flash Fiction Contest and would go on to become published by Flash Fiction Online as a reprint. Unfortunately, writing with the end goal in mind has never worked for me.

Instead, here’s a template I follow when entering any fiction contest:

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