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.
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.
WE RECEIVED 95 ENTRIES THIS MONTH SO THE CASH PRIZE FOR THE FIRST PLACE WINNER IS £190.