Read more about this competition cycle's panel of miniStories judges: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Michael Kimball, and Dennis Cass.
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November 17, 2008

miniStories is calling for new flash fiction from Minnesota writers! (Deadline October 1, 2008)

The Fall 2008 Panel of Jurors:

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, author, food critic, Minneapolis, MN
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a four-time James Beard Award-winning writer on food and wine, and she has received a number of grants for her fiction as well, including the 2005 Loft/McKnight Fellowship for fiction. She currently serves as senior editor and restaurant critic for Minnesota Monthly and editor-in-chief for Real Food. She is a frequent contributor to a number of national publications, including USA Today, Gourmet, Metropolitan Home, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Condé Nast Traveler, Wine & Spirits, Experience Life Magazine, the Open for Design blog at MSN, and Midwest Living. She’s working on her first novel, a black comedy about adolescent girlhood tentatively entitled Tempest, Tossed. Her forthcoming book on wine, Noble Rot (Random House), is set for release in fall 2009.

Dennis Cass, writer, Minneapolis, MN
Dennis Cass is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's, GQ, Mother Jones, Spin, and the online journal Slate. His first book, HEAD CASE: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain (HarperCollins), is now out in paperback.



Michael Kimball, novelist, Baltimore, MD
Michael Kimball’s third novel, Dear Everybody (Alma Books), has just been published in the US, UK, and Canada. His first two novels are The Way the Family Got Away (2000) and How Much of Us There Was (2005), both of which have been translated (or are being translated) into many languages. He is also responsible for the art project--Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard)--and the documentary film, I Will Smash You. Michael lives in Baltimore.  

About the series: miniStories is a quarterly flash fiction competition coordinated by Electric Arc Radio's Geoff Herbach (author of The Miracle Letters of T. Rimburg,Three Rivers Press). This new literary series showcases previously unpublished short stories by Minnesota writers which are selected by authors, editors, and publishing industry veterans from across the country. Winning stories are then published on and in the e-magazine access+ENGAGE. One grand-prize winning author will be selected from each quarter's miniStories winners by series coordinator Geoff Herbach to receive a paid commission for a longer-form short story which will be published on

There are readings at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis for each contest cycle, at which miniStories winners and judges will be invited to read their fiction.

SUBMISSION SPECIFICATIONS AND ENTRY PROCESS: Any and all genres of fiction submissions are welcome, but writers must be Minnesota residents and be (or become) registered artists of to enter the contest. (Please note: if you are newly registering on, please select the "artist" category when you sign up rather than the "member" category. That way, you can post your writing and develop a web presence on

Registration on is FREE. If you need any assistance with creating an page or uploading images we will work with you! Please email your questions to [email protected] and we'll get back to you within a day or two with assistance.

Any previously unpublished short fiction, from 5-500 words in length, may be submitted for consideration (submissions longer than 500 words will not be considered). Entrants may submit up to, but no more than, three pieces per competition cycle. Story submissions should be emailed as attachments (preferably as Word documents--.doc) to [email protected].

miniStories is a publication and reading series presented by, a project of the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center


CLICK HERE to go to the archives of all the previous miniStories winners' flash fiction.


READ the spring Grand Prize winning miniStories flash fiction, A Plan for Mushrooms by David Bengtson HERE.



READ the summer Grand Prize winning miniStories flash fiction, Monarchs by John Jodzio HERE.


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