Micro Fiction Course Competition

Want to spend some dedicated time with your writing to create lots of new micro fiction stories? This is the competition for you!

Entry fee

£8

Deadline

26th July 2020

 

Judges


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Amanda Saint is a novelist, flash fiction writer and the founder of Retreat West. She is also the commissioning editor and publisher at Retreat West Books, winner of the 2020 Saboteur Award for Most Innovative Publisher (shortlisted 2019).

Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. Her second novel, Remember Tomorrow, published in March 2019 to critical acclaim. Her flash fictions have been widely published and listed in Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition, Fish Flash Fiction Prize, Ink Tears Short Story Prize, and Flash 500; and won the Editor’s Choice Prize at 101 Words. Her collection, Flashes of Colour, is publishing in 2020.

Amanda has been designing and teaching flash fiction courses and creating and judging flash fiction competitions for several years; and has published several flash collections, anthologies and memoirs at Retreat West Books.

 

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Mary-Jane Holmes is passionate about writing, teaching and editing creative writing. A Forward Prize nominee and Hawthornden Fellow, Mary-Jane has won the Bath Novella-in-Flash Prize, the Bridport Poetry prize, Martin Starkie, Dromineer, Reflex Fiction and Mslexia Flash prize as well as the Bedford Poetry competition. In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Beverley International Prize for Literature and longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize. Mary-Jane’s debut poetry collection Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass is published by Pindrop Press.

Her work appears in anthologies including Best Small Fictions 2014/16/18  and Best Microfictions 2020 and in a variety of publications including Magma, Modern Poetry in Translation,  The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Tishman Review, Magma, Barren, Spelk, Cabinet of Heed, Firewords, Flashback Fiction, Mslexia, Fictive Dream, The Lonely Crowd, and Prole.

Her novella in Flash ‘Don’t Tell the Bees’, will be published later this year by Ad Hoc Fiction.

 

Prompt

Write a 150-word story inspired by this photo.

 

 

Enter your story here

 

Competition T&Cs

  • The competition is open to writers worldwide but stories must be written in English.
  • Submit stories through Submittable using the button above by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date. You will have to create a free Submittable account to enter. No email entries will be accepted.
  • Do not include your name on the story or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the message in Submittable as we can’t see this until shortlists are chosen. 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 fine but if your story is accepted elsewhere you must withdraw it from this competition and your entry fee will be forfeited.
  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published on the website if it is wins a prize.
  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction. Please no racism, sexism, or any kind of hate.
  • You can enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • There are no alternative prizes.