45th Writing Awards – November 30 Deadline

Archives: Flash Fiction

Adam Sifre’s “Papa’s Parrot” (NMW 2017)

Adam Sifre’s “Papa’s Parrot” (NMW 2017)

Adam Sifre of Wayne, NJ has won the 44th New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “Papa’s Parrot.”

He will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“The story of a bird who traded flight for knowledge, his freedom for the privilege of hearing a certain Old Man spin stories on a typewriter in Cuba, and how those stories began to transform the one who listened.” –NMW

William Polsgrove’s “Highway 61” (NMW 2016)

William Polsgrove’s “Highway 61” (NMW 2016)

–This award is William’s first literary prize and his first published story.–


William Polsgrove of Frederick, Maryland has won the 42nd New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “Highway 61.”

He will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“Polsgrove’s story captures perfectly the angst of growing up in a place you can’t belong, a town where the best things in your life are the ones you can’t tell anyone about, and where you make your escape every chance you get.”

Adrianne Aron’s “The Envelope Trick” (NMW 2016)

Adrianne Aron’s “The Envelope Trick” (NMW 2016)

Adrianne Aron of Berkeley, CA has won the 41st New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “The Envelope Trick.”

She will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“As immigration and foreign policy issues divide and dominate our culture, ‘The Envelope Trick’ reminds us that the political is always personal, and that many people are hanging on by only a finger or two.” –NMW

Alexander Weinstein’s “The Prophet” (NMW 2015)

Alexander Weinstein’s “The Prophet” (NMW 2015)

Alexander Weinstein of Ann Arbor, MI has won the 40th New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “The Prophet.”

He will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“In this age of miracles and marvels, when the next life-changing technology is just a yearly rollout away, what happens when a Messiah appears to show people the new path? Weinstein’s ‘The Prophet’ imagines this occurrence and humankind’s amusing, unsettling reactions to it. Don’t be surprised to catch a glimpse of yourself in this mirror!” –NMW

Shanna Yetman’s “The Miracle Is to Walk This Earth” (NMW 2015)

Shanna Yetman’s “The Miracle Is to Walk This Earth” (NMW 2015)

Shanna Yetman of Chicago, IL has won the 39th New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “The Miracle Is to Walk This Earth.”

She will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“This vignette centers on a mother’s fear about her young son’s upcoming surgery and the solace she seeks in Buddhism, particularly its slippery and elusive principles of non-attachment and liberation from the cycle of birth and death.” –NMW

Louise Aronson’s “After” (NMW 2009)

Louise Aronson of San Francisco, CA has won the 24th New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “After.”

She will receive $1,000 and publication online and in print.


Louise Aronson, Flash Fiction WinnerA NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: “Every day, the media announces the latest number of dead American service-persons as if that figure is the best and most accurate benchmark of war-related losses. I wrote this story to offer a small glimpse of the larger and far more disturbing picture, in which both death and the American experience of the war are just fractions of the whole.”  –Louise Aronson