Starstruck: A Flash-Fiction Contest

Starstruck by Rachel ShukertIt’s 1938 —the Golden Age of Hollywood— and Margaret Frobisher, erstwhile debutante, is willing to do whatever it takes to make it. When she gets her big break at Olympus Studios, she changes her name to Margo Sterling and dives headfirst into the glamorous, but dangerous, world of movie-making. With the disappearance of an up-and-coming actress looming over Olympus, does Margo have the stuff to beat out all the other girls trying to claw their ways to the top?

Inspired by the intrigue of Rachel Shukert’s Starstruck, we have a new flash-fiction contest for you!


In 150 words or fewer, write a scene in which you (or your character) meet a famous person. Tag your story StarstruckFlash. The entry period closes on Sunday, April 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Author Rachel Shukert will be reading all of the entries. One grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of Starstruck and these super cool character hand puppets made by Rachel! (Rachel promises the puppets she makes you will be “somewhat cuter”)

Starstruck Puppets

Two runners-up will each receive a copy of Starstruck.

How to Enter

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with StarstruckFlash on the “Details” tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

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10 thoughts on “Starstruck: A Flash-Fiction Contest

  1. Does it have to be a real famous person, or could it a fake celebrity made up for the story? Like, if it were on a different planet or something?

  2. Okay, I read the rules but I just want to make sure… I am allowed to use the famous person’s name, correct?

  3. Are we permitted to edit the entry before the submission is due? I have read the rules, by the way, but I could not find it there.

  4. if i submitted at 9p.m. on sunday, but my entry isn’t showing up in contest entries is it impossible to get it into the contest?

    • As long as your entry is tagged correctly, published (not drafted), and created after the announcement of the contest (and before the end of the contest), you are entered!

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