General contest information: For all contests, please use the links below to pay a $10 reading fee per entry.

Submit your entries via email to In the email, please include the writer’s name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and date of birth; names and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Entries must be received by the submission deadlines listed.

If you prefer to send your entry via snail mail, send to: [Contest Name]; Carnegie Center; 251 W. Second Street; Lexington, KY 40507. Please include a cover sheet with the required information and ensure postmark by the submission deadline.

Entries will be judged by qualified panels. Winners and finalists will be invited to read during public, virtual events on the dates listed below.

Flash Fiction Contest

Submission deadline: Friday, July 9, 2021
Virtual public reading: Tuesday, August 24, 7pm
Click here to pay $10 reading fee per entry

Writers have been producing very short fiction for hundreds of years. From Aesop to Hemingway, they’ve written stories with a protagonist, plot, and resolution—all in 500 words or fewer. Now it’s your chance to say it in 500 words. Entries will be judged. The prize is $150 for first place and $100 for second place. Refer to general contest info above for how to submit.



We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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(859) 254-4175

The building is currently closed to the public until further notice.

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Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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