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: 7th October
Deadline: 13th October
Longlist published: 17th October
Shortlist published and voting begins: 21st October
Winners announced: 29th October
Prompt: Write a story on this illustration by Sophie Jonas-Hill.
Thank you to Sophie Jonas-Hill for her beautiful artwork. Sophie is a writer and illustrator. Retreat West Books is publishing her forthcoming Unprotected in November. Follow Sophie on Twitter.
WE RECEIVED 104 ENTRIES FOR OCTOBER 2019 SO THE CASH PRIZE IS £208.