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Flash Fiction Contest

December 1 - February 1

Like Mattie Ross, it takes courage to be who you are and make choices that are right for you. Tell us in 250 words or less about a choice you made that took true grit.

Beginning December 1, pick up the guidelines — and also submit your entry and entry form — at any library branch, the Mobile Library or online. The contest is open to ages 12 through adult who are Greene County residents or Springfield-Greene County Library card holders. Entries are due February 1, 2016.

We will notify the winners by email or phone by March 1, 2016.

  • The authors of the five winning entries will be invited to read their stories during the April Reading Series on April 28 at BookMarx Book Store, 325 E. Walnut St.
  • Winning stories will be used to inspire the artists at the Live Art booth of the Springfield Regional Arts Council at Artsfest in May 2016.
  • Winning stories will be published on Other select entries will be posted on in April during the Big Read.
  • Winners will receive a gift basket including a copy of "True Grit."

Coming in April

True Grit

The Big Read in April 2016 celebrates the Charles Portis best-selling book, True Grit, with a roundup of Western-themed fun and live entertainment including author John Erickson, storyteller Marideth Sisco, artist Andy Thomas and Charles Portis scholar Jay Jennings.

"True Grit," set in the late 19th century, is the tale of Mattie Ross, who at age 14 leaves home during a harsh winter in search of her father's murderer. She seeks out a man with a quality she calls "true grit," and finds him in an unlikely federal marshal, Rooster Cogburn. Also tracking the murderer is LaBoeuf, a Texas Ranger who has an uneasy partnership with the pair.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.