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Thunderdome: Quarto's Annual Flash Fiction Contest


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Welcome to the Quarto’s Annual Thunderdome!

Join us for a five-day flash fiction writing contest starting Monday, December 3rd! 

The rules are as follows: a video featuring a Columbia professor giving a flash fiction prompt will be released at midnight every night for the next five days. You will have exactly 24 hours to write a piece of 300 words or less, which you will submit to columbiaquarto@gmail.com as a PDF with the title, "Enter the Thunderdome: Day X." (Please make sure your name is not included in the PDF, and please title your piece.) 

Note: Only Columbia University undergraduates may participate in this contest.

For the first day, Monday, we have Creative Writing and Ethnicity and Race professor Deborah Paredez with her prompt. Click here.

The winner of Day 1: Frank and She by Alena Zhang

For the second day, Tuesday, we have Philosophy Professor Achille Varzi with his prompt. Click here.

The winner of Day 2: It Still Is by Parth Chhabra

For the third day, Wednesday, we have Electrical Engineering Professor David Vallancourt with his prompt. Click here.

The winner of Day 3: Security Camera by Patrick Ronan

For the fourth day, Thursday, we have Emergency Medicine and Comparative Literature Professor Rishi Goyal with his prompt. Click here.

The winner of Day 4: Nesting by Will Cagle

For the fifth day, Friday, we have English Professor Margaret Vandenburg with her prompt. Click here.

The winner of Day 5: hello childhood best friend by Teresa Deely

Earlier Event: November 27
Alumni Publishing Panel