Flash Fiction Writing Contest Mechanics

Flash Fiction Writing (English Month Competition). Flash Fiction Writing challenges student writers to frame a self-contained story in a few hundreds of words that can entertain, intrigue, and satisfy a reader in a tornado effect.


  1. Flash fiction writers shall be given one (1) hour to write their flash fiction strictly composed of 250 words or less. Hence, the goal is to capture the elements of a story in a limited number of narrative expressions.
  2. Flash fiction writers shall be given prerogative to choose their own genre (romance, horror, mystery, etc.).
  3. Flash fiction writers shall observe good characterization, conflict, and a symbol or metaphor. Basic elements such as setting, dialogues, and resolution of conflict shall be dealt with creativity through techniques such as imagery, local colors, and others.
  4. Upon submission of the results to the committee, judges’ decision shall be considered final and irrevocable.
  5. Only three (3) flash fiction works shall be awarded Champion, 1st Runner-Up, and 2nd Runner-Up.


  1. Overall Development (40%). The flash fiction contains highly interesting, original, and socially relevant theme and story plot within the prescribed number of words.
  2. Imagery and Impact (40%). The flash fiction employs stylistic and creative devices such as imagery, symbolism, foreshadowing, and others to incite imagination and leave a lasting effect on the part of the reader.
  3. Writing Mechanics (20%). The flash fiction adheres to the conventions of writing such as grammar, punctuation marks, capitalizations, spelling, and others.

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  • Essay Writing Contest (Mechanics). Essay Writing Contest is a writing competition where student essayists compose argumentative essays that have substance and that adhere to the conventions of the written discourse.

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  • Statement Shirt Competition (Mechanics). Statement Shirt Competition showcases student artists’ creativity and wit in designing a shirt that communicates their knowledge and insights into the functions, importance, and challenges of communication in English in the digital age.