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 or £24 with detailed feedback on the story you submit
1st Prize: 30% 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: 20% 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 and your story published in our Flash Fiction area of the website.
Shortlisted: Free entry to next Monthly Micro Fiction Competition.
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.
September 2020 Micro Fiction Competition
Opens: 7th September
Deadline: 23.59 UK time 13th September
Longlist published: 17th September
Shortlist published and voting begins: 21st September
Voting closes: 28th September
Winners announced: 29th September
This month’s prompt comes from Mary-Jane Holmes. Mary-Jane is a course tutor and editor at Retreat West. A widely published flash fiction writer and poet, she’s a Forward Prize nominee and Hawthornden Fellow, and has won many prizes including the Bath Novella-in-Flash Prize, the Bridport Poetry prize, and Mslexia Flash prize. 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 novella in Flash ‘Don’t Tell the Bees’, will be published later this year by Ad Hoc Fiction.
Prompt: Mary-Jane’s prompt is: No Trespassing.
This month, we’ve received 90 entries — which means the first-prize winner will take home £108, and second place will win £72.
- 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.