Rivers Of Ink Writing Contest

Rivers of Ink

Rivers of Ink

The Future You Contest

2017 Poetry and Flash Fiction Competition

Open May 1- June 30

DEADLINE EXTENDED to July 9 at midnight!


Rivers of Ink is looking for previously unpublished work in poetry and flash fiction regarding the theme:

The Future You

What transformations can we expect from ourselves and in our environments as we navigate an ever-changing timeline? How will our current decisions and values alter our common future? Feel free to explore this theme in broad and unexpected ways. Any and every genre is welcome

Enter using the form at the bottom of this page. Please do not attach your name or any other identifying information into the body of your work. Multiple submissions in the same category will be disqualified. No corrections can be made after you submit, so make sure your piece is ready. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Kessler, Rivers of Ink Chairperson at admin@riversofink.org (please do not email submissions).

Winners will be announced at the Rivers of Ink Conference (August 18-20th). Find more information about the conference at riversofink.org.

Official Contest Rules

  1. Contest is open to anyone ages 15-115.
  2.  Participants may enter both categories, but may submit only one entry per category (one poetry piece and one flash fiction piece).
  3.  Entries are limited to a 30 line limit for poetry and a 300 word limit for flash fiction.
  4. All winners and finalists will be published online and cited in future advertisement and announcements. Entrants retain all publication rights.
  5. Prizes must be picked up in person. They will not be delivered.
  6. No purchase necessary to enter. Entrants do not need to be library or Rivers of Ink members to participate.
  7. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm PST, June 30 JULY 9, 2017.
  8. All entries must be submitted online using the form on the contest web page.
  9. Entries will not be editable and cannot be returned after submission. Please keep a copy for your records.
  10. Employees of MCL, Rivers of Ink Conference organizers, and Rivers of Ink speakers are not eligible for prizes.


A first, second, and third prize will be awarded for each category.

Prizes are sponsored by Friends of Mid-Columbia Libraries.


Flash Fiction

First Place: $100 Amazon gift card
Second Place: $50 Amazon gift card
Third Place: $25 Amazon gift card


First Place: $100 Amazon gift card
Second Place: $50 Amazon gift card
Third Place: $25 Amazon gift card