Flash Fiction For Charity 2014

UPDATE, 7/15, 12:28 pm: Thank you to all who attended Flash Fiction for Charity on July 13, where we collected 2,450 RMB for Educating Girls of Rural China. We’re putting up the five winning stories this week. For all our Flash Fiction posts, click here.

Great Leap picture by Anthony Tao

UDPATE: The event will be Sunday, July 13, 2:30 pm. We have just a few seats left, so please reserve now: fiction@beijingcream.com. Walk-ins are welcome, just know you might be standing. A reminder that this will be held at Great Leap’s Original No. 6 (courtyard/hutong location).

Meet the writers here:

  • William Wang, The Antecedents of a Rodent
  • Daniel Tam-Claiborne, If Not for the Melon
  • Qing Qing Chen, Reckoning
  • Rosalyn Shih, Taishan No. 20
  • Jacques Qu, Delivery

In addition, Kaiser Kuo – rock star, Sinica host — will be reading a story about a dishwasher’s coming-of-age in early-90s Beijing, and Susan Barker will be reading an excerpt from her acclaimed novel The Incarnations.

Flash Fiction for Charity flyer

Update: We’ve extended the submission deadline to July 6. Click here for some inspiration.

UPDATE, 7/5, 3:51 pm: It’s come to my attention that not all emails to fiction@beijingcream.com are going through. If you’re submitting, please use this email address.

Attention, writers of Beijing: we’re holding a flash fiction reading on Sunday, July 13 at Great Leap Brewing’s Original No. 6 location (Doujiao Hutong No. 6). Space is limited, so we’re asking those interested to register by emailing us – spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is 50 RMB, which includes a select GLB beer, with all proceeds going to the charity Educating Girls of Rural China. Also, importantly: we’re seeking readers!

Until Friday, July 4, email us (fiction@beijingcream.com) stories between 500 and 700 words that fit the theme “Beijing.” Entries will be anonymized and read by our judges…

  • Alice Xin Liu, managing editor of the literary journal Pathlight
  • Alec Ash, founder and editor of the writers colony the Anthill
  • Leslie-Ann Murray, MFA-Rutgers, winner of the 2013 Literary Death Match in Beijing and host of the biweekly Bookworm event “Writing on Walls” (check out her blog)

…who will select at least five winners based on literary merit. These people will be asked to present their work on July 13, alongside “celebrity readers.” For your efforts, all readers will be rewarded two GLB beers each.

There’ll be a fun little competitive wrinkle that we’ll introduce later. (Or we’ll tell you now: audience members will vote for their favorites and the top two vote-getters will face off in a to-be-determined game to see who goes home with an all-you-can-drink voucher good for you and a friend. As if you needed incentive to read your own fiction.)

Get writing, people. Here’s all the above info packaged in millennial form:

WHAT: The Beijing Cream Flash Fiction Contest / Reading at Great Leap Brewing
WHERE: Great Leap Brewing Original No. 6
WHEN: Sunday, July 13 (afternoon; exact time tbd)
WHY: For literary fun and to benefit the charity Educating Girls of Rural China
COST: 50 rmb
AND: Reserve seats by emailing fiction@beijingcream.com

ALSO: Submit stories between 500 and 700 words tofiction@beijingcream.com by July 4 that fit the theme “Beijing” for a chance to participate in this event, receive free beers, and be toasted for your literaryness.

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