Sharpen pencils for flash fiction

Do you remember the Peanuts cartoon and the dog Snoopy on his doghouse with a typewriter?

He was writing a novel starting with the classic, "It was a dark and stormy night."

Here is your chance to achieve the same lofty literary level. Sharpen your pencils, boot up your device and enter the Merville Flash Fiction Contest.

The first line of this story is "At the end of another dull day, I (he/she) found a wallet on the floor of the ferry." You have to write your story from that — it can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir; just has to start with that first line. A 250-word limit is approximately one page double spaced.

All entries will be judged by a panel of local writers, and a short list of 10 made. Those 10 will read at The Big Yellow Merville Hall at a free evening performance on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. The audience will have ballots and vote for their favourite story.The first-place winner will be published locally and all short listed authors will win a prize.

Send your entries to hqcreek@telus.net with Flash Fiction Entry in the subject line.

The deadline is March 31, so get writing.

— Merville Flash Fiction Contest

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