17th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winners List

Author:
Publish date:

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 17th Annual Short Short Story Competition, where writers submit their very best short stories of less than 1,500 words. Please join us in congratulating our winners!

For complete coverage of the 17th Annual Short Short Story Competition, see the July/August 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can read all 25 stories in the 17th Annual Short Short Story Competition Collection.

  1. The Removal” by Lauren Schenkman (extended Q&A)
  2. “Nearly Dead” by Nikki Chin
  3. “Warm-Blooded Animals” by Kathleen Lane
  4. “Fact Sheet” by Tamara Titus
  5. “Millisecond” by Sarah Wilson
  6. “By Whatever Means” by Stephen Hunt
  7. “27 Jars of Mustard” by Joan Freitag
  8. “Blue Sky” by Richard D. Carlson
  9. Reductio ad Absurdum” by Sabine Sloley
  10. “Accidental Death” by Stacy Whittemore
  11. “Abuelito” by Julia Dupuis
  12. “Just In Case” by Brittany Kopman
  13. “Disruption” by Dionne Peart
  14. “A Life Investment” by Charlie McDowell
  15. “Mama” by Linda McHenry
  16. “Value” by Carl Pogue
  17. “123” by Felicia Morrissey
  18. “Salt” by Laura Lewis
  19. “The Lure” by Rhonda Beauchemin
  20. “The Crow’s Nest” by Lynessa Layne
  21. “Flicker” by Samantha Marquis
  22. “Fishing for Secrets” by Pat McCaw
  23. "The Dim" by Angus McLinn
  24. “A Killer App” by Fred McGavran
  25. “Hateful Games” by Gary Sharpe
25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let your character know they're being followed.

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Author Amanda Jayatissa discusses the fun of writing "deliciously mean" characters in her psychological thriller, My Sweet Girl.

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

A memoir is an open window into another's life—and although the truth is of paramount importance, so too is grabbing hold of its reader. Writer Tasha Keeble offers 3 tips for writing a memoir everyone will want to read.

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Bestselling and Giller Prize-shortlisted author Zoe Whittal discusses the complexity of big life decisions in her new novel, The Spectacular.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 582

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a transition poem.

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

Author Codi Schneider debunks four myths about writing animal characters, including that audiences won't connect with animal characters and that they're only for children's books.

Voyager

Voyager

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a modern day voyager.

Stephanie Marie Thornton: One How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

Stephanie Marie Thornton: On How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

USA Today bestselling author discusses how rewriting a portion of her new historical fiction novel, A Most Clever Girl, added suspense.