Monthly Micro Fiction Competition

Our monthly micro flash fiction writing competition has great prompts and 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 third 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.

 

January 2020 Micro Fiction Competition

Free entries for low-income writers
We have free entries for 3 writers to this month’s competition. Email news@retreatwest.co.uk by 4pm (UK time) on 8th January 2020 to request one. No need to specify why. We will use a random number generator to pick who receives the free entries and let people know on 9th January 2020.

 

Opens: 6th January

Deadline: 12th January

Longlist published: 16th January

Shortlist published and voting begins: 20th January

Winners announced: 28th January

Prompt: Write a story inspired by the picture below.

Thank you to award winning author, Susmita Bhattacharya, for this month’s prompt. You can read her stories in our anthologies: Nothing Is As It Was and No Good Deed.

 

 

We received 85 entries this month so the cash prize is £170.

 

 

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 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.
  • 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.

Enter your story here