Themed Flash Fiction Competition

All entries are judged by Amanda Saint, novelist, short story writer and founder of Retreat West. The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes and have their stories published on the website. 

You can read winning stories from previous competitions here.

Winner Prize: £100

Runner-Up Prize  x 2: £50

Word count: Max 500

2017 Deadlines and Themes:

  • Date: March 26th / Theme: Red  WINNERS ANNOUNCED
  • Date: June 25th / Theme: Green BEING JUDGED NOW
  • Date: October 1st / Theme: Black
  • Date: December 31st / Theme: White

2018 Deadlines and Themes:

  • Date: March 25th / Theme: Forgetting
  • Date: June 24th / Theme: Reunions
  • Date: September 30th / Theme: Protest
  • Date: December 30th / Theme: Running Away

Entry Fee:

  • £8 for 1 entry
  • £14 for 2 entries
  • £20 for 3 entries

Competition Rules

  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included) – if submitting more than one story they should all be included in the same submission.
  • Maximum word count is 500 (excluding title) but there is no minimum. Please do not submit stories above this word count as they will be automatically disqualified. Sorry!
  • Do not include your name on the story or the submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email – sorry but stories where we can see the writer’s name will automatically be disqualified as all entries are judged anonymously.
  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print.
  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published on the Retreat West website.
  • If you enter the story elsewhere and it is accepted for publication before judging takes place then you will have to withdraw it and no entry fees will be refundable.
  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.
  • You can enter up to 3 stories every quarter.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal only so you must have an account to receive your prize.

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