Monthly Micro Fiction Competition

Welcome to our newest flash fiction writing competition. This time we’re going really short – short word count, short turnaround, but we’re not stinting on the prizes.

On the first Monday of each month we post the new prompt and you get a week to write and submit a story based on it. Four days later we announce the longlist and on the second Monday of the month we publish a shortlist of 10 stories in a blog. Winners are decided by public vote. Voting remains open for one week and then two writers with the most votes get great prizes!

All readings and voting is done anonymously so no putting your name on your story.

The prompts will be posted here each month.  We’re hoping to see some different takes on the prompts so don’t always go for the first thing it brings to mind…

Word count: 100 words exactly  – the title is not included in the word count. We use MS Word to count for us and will give leeway of a word or two each way. Hyphenated words are counted as one but don’t use loads to increase the words available to you!

Entry fee: £4

1st Prize: 50% of the entry fees received for the competition (you must have a PayPal account to receive this), one free entry to our annual Flash Fiction Prize (top prize £350) and your story published in our Flash Fiction area of the website.

2nd Prize:  One free entry to our annual Flash Fiction Prize and your story published in our Flash Fiction area of the website.

Once the deadline for the competition closes we’ll confirm how many entries we received (via a screenshot of the Submittable entry form) and what the cash prize will be.

Please read all the competition rules at the bottom of the page before you submit. We get messaged with a lot of questions about this competition and the answers to all of them are already detailed in the rules section below.


November 2019 Micro Fiction Competition

Opens: 4th November

Deadline: 10th November

Longlist published: 14th November

Shortlist published and voting begins: 18th November

Winners announced: 26th November

Prompt: Write a story inspired by the prompt word below.

Thank you to multi-award winning author, Joanna Campbell, for this month’s prompt. You can read her stories in our three anthologies: What Was Left, Impermanent Facts, and Future Shock. As well as in No Good Deed, our charity anthology publishing on 7th November 2019.





Competition Rules

  • The competition is open to writers worldwide but stories must be written in English.
  • Submit stories through Submittable using the button above (only shows when submissions are open) 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. 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.
  • 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 judge’s decision is final.
  • Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal only so you must have an account to receive your prize. Submittable payments are received in the first week of the month for the previous month so winner’s payments will be paid as soon as the funds are received from Submittable.
  • In the case of a draw for first place, the writers who have received the most votes will share the cash prize equally.
  • There is no alternative prize.