The RW Flash Fiction Prize


Susmita Bhattacharya is an award-winning author and creative writing tutor. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was long-listed for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018. Her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist  for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. Her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been featured on BBC Radio 4. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University and facilitates the Mayflower Young Writers programme in Southampton. She has judged several competitions including the National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD Flash Flood) and the Winchester Writers’ Festival. You can find her books here.



  • 1st Prize £350
  • 2nd Prize £200
  • 3rd Prize £100
  • Shortlisted £15
  • All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology.

Entry Fees:

  • £8 for 1 story.
  • £43 for 1 story with detailed feedback.

Enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.

Deadline: 25th October 2020

Word Count: Up to 500 (title not included)

Writing a winning story: The best way to discover what kind of stories impress the initial readers and the judges is to read them. Get copies of the winning stories in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 prizes here. The 2019 anthology will publish soon.

Enter your story here

Competition Rules

  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)
  • Do not include your name on the story or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email. All stories are read anonymously so any showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine).
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the winner’s announcement your entry will become ineligible and entry fees will not be refunded.
  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ anthology.
  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.
  • You can enter as many times stories as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • There will be a launch event for the anthology of winners and cash prizes will be paid on publication of the anthology.
  • Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal only so you must have an account to receive your prize.
  • There is no alternative prize.


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