2016 Met Awards

Call for Flash Fiction and Poetry

Metamorphoses, in cooperation with the English Department and the CCCC Foundation, is hosting the 2016 Met Awards for Creative Writing. The editors are calling for poetry and flash fiction—very short short stories sometimes called short shorts, of between 500 and 1,000 words—written by Cerro Coso and local high school students. 

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First and second place writers will receive a $50 or $25 gift card and publication in the Fall edition of Metamorphoses Online. Honorable Mentions may also be considered for reading and publication.


Participants must be current students of Cerro Coso or one of the many high schools in the college's service area (Mammoth, Bishop, Ridgecrest, California City, Edwards Air Force Base, Techachapi, and Kern River Valley areas).


Fiction must be between 500-1,000 words.

Poems must be under 50 lines.

Participants can submit up to three pieces in each category.

More about Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is an economical form of story-telling: in a small amount of space, the writer of a short short exhibits the essentials of good fiction: character, plot, setting, language that surprises, and a significant ending which points to a meaning beyond any surprise or twist the author offers.

The best flash fiction implies significant meaning beneath the surface of its plot and shimmers with emotional resonance.

For an interesting article on the composition of short shorts, see Flash Fiction Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Vincent’s article, "Managing Story Length." "Economy," Vincent says, is the most important quality of a successful short short:
An economical writer (the most enjoyable type of writer to read) doesn't waste words, doesn't repeat what's already been said, chooses the "less is more" path to revealing information to the reader. (Vincent)
Following is a list of sample short shorts from the Flash Fiction  and SmokeLong Quarterly online publications. In each, notice the economical use of language, the surprising detail, the characterization through action, dialog, and description, and the enduring sense of significance. As you read each short short, ask yourself, Why is this story worth telling?
"Fork" by Glen Pourciau
"Stalling" by Andrew Roe
"The Runner" by Curtis Smith
"Kolkata Sea" by Indrapramit Das
"Vacation" by Peter DeMarco
"When the Cicadas Come" by Tara Laskowski 
More about Poetry

Bob Dylan said, “a poem is a naked person.” Poetry reveals the layers beneath our everyday experiences. What is a personal experience moves beyond the self to create a shared experience and reveal a common knowledge that unites us.

Poetry uses language in surprising ways and isn’t afraid to be. Poetry shows.

Following is a list of poems; as you read each one, notice the use of metaphor and imagery; what is revealed as each poem progresses?
“The Gift” by Li-Young Lee
“Her Kind” by Anne Sexton
“The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarell
"A Boat" by Richard Brautigan
"Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens
"Not Writing" by Anne Boyer
"to the notebook kid" by Eve L. Ewing
"The Students" by Mark Halladay
Prizes and Awards Ceremony

Thank you to the Cero Coso Community College Foundation for providing funding for the following prizes:
High School Fiction
First prize $50 and online publication in Met
Second prize $25 and online publication in Met

High School Poetry
First Prize $50 and online publication in Met
Second prize $25 and online publication in Met
College Fiction
First prize $50 and online publication in Met
Second prize $25 and online publication in Met

College Poetry
First Prize $50 and online publication in Met
Second prize $25 and online publication in Met 
All winners and honorable mentions will be invited to read their work at the awards ceremony at the Cerro Coso IWV Campus in Ridgecrest. Friends and family are encouraged to attend this celebratory event.

Submission Deadline: 1 April 2016
Awards Announced: 15 April 2016
Awards Ceremony and Reading: 29 April 2016 in Ridgecrest
Publication: Fall 2016
How to Submit

Use the submission page to enter your work. Be sure to specify "Met Awards entry." If you are a high  school student, also be sure to include the name and location of your school.