Indie 500 flash fiction contest is open for submissions

Writers, start your imaginations! The Indie 500 flash fiction contest — a short-form writing competition — is back. All writers are invited to submit a story of up to 500 words. Each story must include at least a mention of a recognizable and well-known Asheville landmark. Prizes include $100 plus publication for 1st place and publication plus bragging rights for two runners up.

Submissions open on Monday, May 1, and will be accepted online only. The final judge is author, playwright and dark fiction writer Jamieson Ridenhour.

Go here to enter.


• 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 include at least a mention of a recognizable and well-known Asheville landmark.
• Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.
• Writers may enter as many stories as they like. A $5 fee will be collected for each entry.


• Contest runs Monday, May 1, though Wednesday, May 31.
• Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.
• The winners will be announced in the July 28 issue of Xpress and online at
• Winning stories will be published in the August 23 and 30 issues of Xpress (publication dates subject to change at the paper’s discretion).

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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