NPR is running a flash fiction contest for the summer. The maximum length is 600 words — a story that can be read aloud in at most three minutes. You do sign over perpetual (non-exclusive) rights to your work, which I know will be a deal-killer for some. Must be 18 or over to enter.
The challenge: send in an original short story “that can be read in three minutes or less”
Entry fee: none
Prize: check the website for details, but the prize includes an autographed copy of James Wood’s How Fiction Works and major writing cred