UPDATED: Crook & Folly Micro Prose Workshop this Thursday, January 15th!

Crook & Folly

Crook & Folly, DePaul’s annual literary + art magazine, is kicking off this year’s submission period with a micro-prose (a.k.a flash fiction) workshop to be held this THURSDAY, January 15th, from 5:30-7:30pm in ALH 330. 

OPEN TO ALL DEPAUL STUDENTS (not only writing and English majors!)

Micro Prose, also known as “Flash Fiction” is a piece of prose under 1000 words. Increasingly popular, the micro prose genre’s restriction on word count heightens the intentionality of each move made by the author, allowing for an exciting form to create in. Stories are often focused in their word choice, and concise in their detail.

For Crook & Folly Magazine we are not limiting the genre to just fiction. So bring any genre you’ve got.

This year’s micro prose Editor Eric Streichert, along with other C&F staff, will be leading a discussion and series of exercises dealing centered around micro prose. During the workshop you’ll learn techniques and exercises to rework a current piece into a micro prose piece, or to write a completely new piece!

First and foremost this is an opportunity for DePaul writers to get to know one another and learn from each other.

What you need:

– TWO HARD COPIES of a piece that you’d like to rework as a Micro Prose piece.

-something to write with
-good energy / or bad energy (so long as its guised as good energy)

PLEASE RSVP if you believe you will be attending so we can accommodate everyone!

****ALSO! Yours truly is the creative nonfiction section editor this year and we hope to make this year’s issue the best yet. We need your submissions! Submit anytime before FEBRUARY 23rd, 2015 at 11:59pm to crookandfolly [at] gmail.com. Go here for further details and stay tuned for more workshops!


Flash Fiction Contest – One Book, One Chicago

As part of the 10th anniversary One Book, One Chicago selection, The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, the Chicago Public Library and DePaul University’s Department of English present a Flash Fiction Writing Contest. Writers are invited to submit their short version of the great American novel, their “I am an American, Chicago born” in 750 words or less. Stories must be set in Chicago, and, more importantly, inspired by Chicago, as was Bellow.

The entries will be judged by Stuart Dybek, an expert in both flash fiction and Chicago, whose collection The Coast of Chicago was the One Book, One Chicago selection in spring 2004. Three finalists will read their work at an event at Stop Smiling, 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Thursday, October 13; and the winner will have their work published in a future issue of the newly revitalized magazine The Chicagoan.


Entry details include:

 · Reading Fee: None

· Send no more than three pieces per entry, 750-word maximum per piece.

· Only one entry per person.

· All entries must be prose fiction.

· All entries must be submitted via email to onebookonechicago.contests@gmail.com.

· All entries must be anonymously submitted (see below).

· Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere are acceptable.

· Simultaneous submissions are OK.

· All entrants must currently live in the Chicagoland area.


Postmark Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2011


Entrants must include their name, phone number, postal address and email address in the body of their email. Please attach each entry as its own .doc or .pdf file. No personal information may be included on the entries themselves. Chicago Public Library cannot consider work from anyone who is a current or former student of the prize judge. We also will not consider work from anyone who is a personal friend of the judge. Winners will be notified by email on or around October 6. For contest details go to onebookonechicago.org  and click on the contest link.

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