The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Flash Fiction Contest

In The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, 14 authors write short stories based on illustrations and captions featured in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. This concept has been used by teachers and writers for years — and now we’re inviting you to do the same … with a very cool prize at stake!

Here are the details:

The Contest

Choose one of the following Harris Burdick illustrations and write a piece of “flash fiction” — a short story between 250-500 words — that’s inspired by the image:

"A Strange Day in July"
"Just Desert"
"Mr. Linden's Library"
"Under the Rug"

Submit your short story using the Novel Novice Harris Burdick Entry Form.

Need help getting started? Check out these tips for writing a Harris Burdick story!

The Prize

Five (5) winners will each receive an ARC of The Chronicles of Harris Burdick that is SIGNED by Chris Van Allsburg.

The Rules

  • One entry per person
  • U.S. only
  • Use the entry form
  • Please use proper grammar & spelling — it counts!

The Deadline

We’re giving you two weeks to write your flash fiction.

All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Friday, November 11th.

Questions? Leave ’em in the comments & we’ll reply!


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