Arts and culture

Carl Nelson

Of the 110 submissions for the WNIJ Flash Fiction contest, "Losers Weepers" impressed our judge the most. Author Marie Smysor Watson sent her story in response to a prompt issued by Molly McNett, who selected the winners. The prompt required the opening sentence to describe an outrageous, inexplicable situation.

Watson is from Kewanee. She's seeking a publisher for a short-story collection and is writing her first novel.

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Carl Nelson

Today's WNIJ Flash Fiction winner was written by an accomplished Chicago writer. Ashley Keyser's work appeared in literary journals such as Pleiades, The Cincinnati Review and Passages North. Her poetry also was included in the Best New Poets 2015 anthology.

Carl Nelson

What would you do if you awoke to find a suitcase filled with cash in your living room?

This premise is Andrew Kopecky's response to the WNIJ Flash Fiction prompt, which required an opening sentence describing an outrageous, inexplicable situation.

Carl Nelson

WNIJ called for submissions, and scores of writers responded from all over northern Illinois.

Our Flash Fiction contest, announced Aug. 29, sought very short stories (about five hundred words) in keeping with a prompt issued by our judge, Molly McNett.