Creative Writing Contest! Submit and Vote!

Note: please check the updated official page,, because some of the details of registration have changed since I wrote this blog post — and here is more info:

Ekphrasis: Allentown's Fellowship of Christians in the Arts

Power of WordsDear Creative Writers and lovers of fantasy, mystery, and speculative fiction! I am happy to announce Signum University’s “Almost an Inkling” Creative Writing Contest!!

Are you a writer?
Many readers of classic literature, fantasy, and speculative fiction find that writing is contagious: they want to write like their favorite authors! If this desire is burning in you, here is your outlet: Signum University’s first creative writing contest! Pick up your pen, pencil, laptop, stylus, quill, parchment, or papyrus, and write like J.R.R. Tolkien—but in a hobbit-sized story.

Flash Fiction
Cotton_Harlequin_BugsThis contest calls for submissions of TINY original works. We are looking for creative, imaginative, wild, well-crafted pieces of what William Nelles calls “microfiction,” “flash fiction,” “sudden fiction,” “minute stories,” “short-shorts,” or what Luisa Valenzuela calls “iridescent insects.” These miniature works of fiction showcase writers’ skills in a microcosm, calling for deft handling of character, plot, action, and description in a…

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About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is Editor-in-Chief of the Signum University Press. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. Dr. Higgins is currently co-editing a volume on the ethical turn in speculative fiction with Dr. Brenton Dickieson and previously edited an academic essay collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur. She is also the author of the blog The Oddest Inkling, devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works. As a creative writer, Sørina has a volume of short stories, A Handful of Hazelnuts, forthcoming from Signum’s own press. Outside of academia, Sørina enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her cats, cooking, baking, podcasting, gardening, dancing, and ranting about the state of the world.
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10 Responses to Creative Writing Contest! Submit and Vote!

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    I wonder if anyone has compiled a list of ‘Kilnlings’? I.e., my Williams edition was largely produced when I was living in The Kilns, and Gregory Wolfe did significant work on or towards his Muggeridge biography, William Christian, his George Grant biography, John Beversluis, his Cross-Examining Socrates, while staying there – and that’s not to mention doctoral dissertations, and is only a snapshot from after Michael Apicella’s time and before Michael Ward’s…

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  2. sdorman2014 says:

    a bit confusing? at the MYTHGARD webpage it says a fee will not be refunded in case of error, but in further notes there is no fee. apparently the donation (something else entirely?) is not a requirement. but at Ekphrasis the fee is $1.11.


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      I was wondering about that, too: if it’s a rule-change that asking a donation supersedes requiring submission fees it would be good to be explicit about that.


  3. Yes, we’re having a bit of a rough day technically; the submission system we were using wouldn’t allow us to specify fees of our choosing — so we’ve gone for the much better “donation requested” method! I’ll clarify on blogs.


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      Thanks! Sounds like when Andy Weir went to make The Martian available for peoples’ convenience via Amazon and the system would not allow him to offer it for free with zero-percent profit for himself!

      Of course, you folks are fund-raising, and the avid multi-submitter will be better out of it respecting your suggested figure than with the hobbity one.

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  4. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Could you (or someone), here or there, say a bit more in online print about how the weeks work and how the voting works?

    For example, can writers submit up to 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time?) of a Saturday, and still have it count?

    But, if so, does that also mean voting for a given week’s entries goes on beyond 11:59 p.m. on Saturday of that week?

    If so, for how long?

    Will the winners of a given week be disclosed before the end of the whole contest period?

    If so, is there a schedule for when?


  5. Yes, excellent questions. Unfortunately, since we have to do everything manually, we can’t be that precise. Our Web Wizard will take down the previous week’s prompt/submission link and replace them with the upcoming ones sometime on Sunday night (EST). Voting for the previous week will continue until sometime Monday night. Voting for the current week will begin again on Thursday. Winners for each week will be announced on the following Saturday. I can’t be more precise than that. And there’s also a lag between your submitting and the story appearing, because I have to pots it manually and will only do so a few times a day.


    • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

      Thanks – that’s certainly a clear sketch of how things work! (Whew – you poor busy souls!)

      I see now, though, that i forgot the first question I meant to pose! Can there unproblematically be more than one vote per week from the same IP address (for example, a couple of us share one address: do we have to agree on one vote)? I have myself been so generally enjoying the first week’s entries that I would be tempted to vote all over the place – but have refrained in case a second vote would disqualify, or simple replace, the first…


  6. * for the same entry, I mean! You can certainly come back and vote again for additional entries.


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