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The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation has announced the commencement of submissions for the 2017 edition of the intensely competitive “The Museum of Words” International Flash Fiction Competition.

“The Museum of Words” International Flash Fiction Competition honours the finest flash fiction piece. The winner takes home $20,000 and three runners-up are awarded consolation prizes of $1,000. The prize’s last edition saw 22,571 writers from 119 countries submit.

The call is part of the activities that the Foundation carries out to gain its objectives. One of the goals of the Foundation is to unite peoples by using words. This is why the motto of the Museum of Words is “Words are the bond of humankind”. Words being used by their double condition of communicative elements and language as cultural heritage of human beings.

In this competition (like in the previous), short stories may be submitted in Spanish, English, Arabic and Hebrew. This lists the languages in which the three monotheistic religions of the world express their religious feelings.

The private, not-for-profit Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation is based in Spain. Its aim is to encourage dialogue between different cultures, religions, sensibilities and ideas. 

The winner of the last edition is the USA’s Emily Raboteau, for “Oysters.”

Here are key things to note.

  • There is no entry fee.
  • There can only be a maximum of two entries per writer.
  • Entries must be submitted through the online form.
  • Deadline: Thursday 23 November 2017.

For more information, visit the competition’s Website.

Submit HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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