Writing Contests

We hope you will participate in our annual National Day on Writing “Flash Writing” contest.

 Undergraduate and graduate winners will each be recognized at the National Day on Writing evening reception and receive a $50 Financial Aid prize. Winners will also be published in FAU’s Coastlines Literary Magazine.



Compose an original piece of 250-750 words. (The piece may be fiction or non-fiction.) Pieces will be evaluated on subject, content, and technical aspects.  


If you’d like, you may consider this year’s National Day on Writing theme, “Write my community,” which invites you to focus your writing on your community in any way you see fit. However, this topic is not a requirement for the Flash Writing contest.

The first-place undergraduate and graduate winners will be invited to read their stories at the National Day on Writing evening reading and reception at the University Center for Excellence in Writing, which will take place on Monday, October 20 th at 6:00 p.m.

First-place winners will also be published in the FAU literary magazine, Coastlines , and receive a $50 prize disbursed to the students’ Financial Aid account.

Entries must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10th 2014. 


Entries are due by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10th 2014.

  • Send entries as attached files to NDOWFiction@gmail.com.
  • Submit entries as .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.
  • Stories cannot have been previously published. 
  • All entries should be titled and include the student’s name, Z number, standing (graduate or undergraduate), FAU email address, and contact phone number. Coastlines may request minor revisions to winning pieces be made prior to publication.



Winners and finalists of years past are listed below along with excerpts from their pieces. Check out the winners of the "Flash Fiction" contests in Coastlines Literary Magazine!

(For more information on  Coastlines, visit their website.


Archive of Previous Winners

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