Writing Contest - Brave New Words

All Brave New Words Writing Conference attendees are automatically entered in our exciting (and exclusive) Contest for Brave Writers!


We are just one week away from the 1st annual Brave New Words Writing Conference and I’m so excited! It’s always a pleasure to meet and spend time with other creative writers and I’m excited to present the two workshops I’ll be leading on Sunday, July 1 – The Importance of Writing about Place, and Figurative Language & Imagery. A lot of reading, research, thought and writing has gone into preparing each one, and whether you write primarily fiction or non-fiction, I’m looking forward to giving you some fresh insights and practical tools and techniques you can put to use in your writing right away.

In addition to the two workshops I’ll be leading, I’m also super psyched about Randall Brown’s pre-conference workshop 6/29, Fearless Flash Fiction. I’ve been writing flash fiction for about 8 years–it is hands-down my favorite ‘prose morsel’ to write–and this is a rare opportunity to work with a true master of the form. Randall’s also going to be teaching his secrets to submission success Sunday afternoon. I don’t know about you, but yeah–I’d love to know how he’s managed to publish several HUNDRED flash fiction stories!

Ken Kalfus’ address and reading Friday evening 6/29 is not to be missed, and then there’s Curtis Smith’s reading on Saturday 6/30 at noon, which I will definitely be attending. He’ll be reading from his latest publication Lovepain, and I’m planning to pick up a copy then for summer reading. If you’re curious about Curtis’ writing or the novel, check out this review in The Collagist.  (You can find the full Conference schedule here.)

Yes, I am a bit like a kid waiting for Christmas these days! And you know Christmas is all about giving, and that is really what this conference is about–giving writers support, guidance, and of course, the gift of time and a place to write in a beautiful, relaxing setting. What could be better?

How about a writing contest where every single attendee is a WINNER?

We’ve come up with a very special writing contest exclusively for Brave New Writers:

  • There will be drawings for door prizes, including signed copies of books and free attendance at a future workshop sponsored by Prose Morsels Press.
  • 1 lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive an invitation to publish a flash fiction story in the first Prose Morsels Press anthology, plus a FREE synopsis and query letter clinic for his or her novel/memoir.

And here’s my favorite part–everyone is literally a winner! Because following the conference, ALL ATTENDEES RECEIVE A FREE CRITIQUE of a short piece of writing (3,000 words maximum of either fiction or creative nonfiction).

I wish the best of luck with our contest to everyone attending Brave New Words Writing Conference. I can’t wait to get creative with you next weekend!



PS If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, there is still time! Go here now and get yourself signed up, or contact me if you have any questions.

Writing Conference at Pendle Hill Center

Pendle Hill’s beautiful, relaxing campus will inspire you! Enjoy conversation with fellow writers over delicious, home cooked meals served buffet style in the dining room. Between sessions, get creative in the art studio, browse the library, or find a quiet place to write.

Prose Morsels Press is proud to present

         Fearless Flash Fiction

as part of our ongoing Brave New Words writers’ workshop series. Friday, June 29 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Wallingford PA (outside Philadelphia) Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from flash guru, Randall Brown. With more than 400 of his own flash pieces published in respected print and online literary journals and anthologies, Randall Brown is the founder and managing editor of Matter Press and the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. His work also appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction, Grey House’s American Short Story & Critical Insights: Flash Fiction, and his own Pocket Guide to Flash Fiction. He received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and now teaches in Rosemont College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, after a three-year stint as the program’s director. You can find him at his online home FlashFiction.net. With those credentials, Randall defines flash fiction in our eyes. But he attempts here to actually define this literary form that he loves so much.

“One of my MFA professors called the novel a machine of desire. And that got me thinking about what kind of machine flash fiction is. I believe flash is a machine of compression—a mindset—that desire to make the most minute of movements matter. It is fiction that cannot tolerate uncertainty but for a moment, so it rushes to its ending before it loses nerve. It’s fearlessness in the face of insignificance. Your own “Attention must be paid” in a world that no longer holds any. It’s the urge to get it all down and then move on quickly to something else. It’s that madness of a room covered in scribbled notes, the kind stuck in bottles and floated on oceans. Let’s do it!”

Click here to Register for Fearless Flash Fiction  Get the details of our Brave New Words 1st Annual Writers’ Conference here. Please Note: You can take Randall’s Fearless Flash Fiction workshop whether or not you attend the rest of the conference. But space is limited, and seats are issued on a first-come first-served basis.