Monday, January 26, 2009

New Flash Fiction Contest - deadline Friday!

UPDATE: We are changing the length of the flash fiction contest this week. Please make note of it when submitting your entry.

We welcome Miralee Ferrell this week as our special guest judge for our Flash Fiction contest.

You could win an autographed copy of Miralee's book Love Finds You in Last Chance.

Just submit your own HISTORIC flash fiction story - 300 words or less - to enter the contest. But there's a twist. Your flash fiction must include all three of these words/phrases:


cougar

stampede

riding breeches


Submit your story to me by e-mail at tracyruckman[at]gmail[dot]com by Friday, January 30th, midnight for your chance to win! I'll post the stories as they arrive - include a link to your own blog or web site, and I'll include that with your entry if you wish.


Now about our guest judge:


Miralee Ferrell has been writing since 2005 and is the President of Portland ACFW. Two of her books have released and another is coming at the end of 2009. She and Allen, her husband of 36 yrs. live in Washington state and have two grown children. Miralee serves on staff at her church and ministers to women. She and Allen hope to spend a few months a year on their 51' sailboat that Allen is restoring.



About the Book:

It's 1877 and Alexia Travers is alone in the world. Her father has died unexpectedly, leaving her burdened with a heavily mortgaged horse ranch. Marrying one of the town's all-too-willing bachelors would offer an easy solution, but Alex has no interest in marriage. Instead, she dons men's trousers and rides the range, determined to make the ranch a success on her own.

But despite Alex's best efforts, everything seems to go wrong: ranch hands quit, horses are stolen, and her father's gold goes missing. Alex is at her wit's end when wrangler Justin Phillips arrives in Last Chance with his young son, looking for a job. But there seems to be more to Justin's story than he's willing to share. Will Alex ever be able to trust him? More importantly, will the independent woman finally learn to depend on God?









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4 comments:

Mary said...

Tracy,

My entry is on its way. I enjoyed the writing exercise. Thanks for hosting. It's been a while since I wrote anything in 300 words or less and it was very stimulating.

Blessings,
Mary

Cleda said...

I too, say thank you.... I am a push over for any kind of a book give away and I appreciate you and Miralee giving me this opportunity to participate... also for the opportunity to add another site to my blogpage folder....

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Wow, these are cool, cool stories. Loved reading each and every one! Each had its own "flavor", and I liked how they had to include the three words.

I was especially partial to one of them, but I better not say which. They were all great, but one stood out in a particular way for me.

Cool contest.

Hugs...
Shar

Miralee Ferrell said...

I'm excited about these entries and will be working on them this evening. I plan on making at least one comment about each one, regardless of whether it wins or not. This is fun! Miralee Ferrell