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 cash and published in our flash fiction journal!
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: 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.
Opens: 6th July
Deadline: 12th July
Longlist published: 16th July
Shortlist published and voting begins: 20th July
Winners announced: 28th July
Thank you to Reshma Ruia for providing this month’s prompt. Reshma is a writer of poetry, short stories & fiction. She has a PhD and Masters (Distinction) in Creative Writing and Critical Thought from Manchester University and postgraduate (Distinction) and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics. Born in India, but brought up in Italy, her narrative portrays the inherent tensions and preoccupations of those who possess a multiple sense of belonging. She is Fiction Editor of Jaggerylit.com and Guest Book Reviewer for Words of Colour. We published Reshma’s story Cooking Chicken in Kentucky in our anthology, No Good Deed, which is raising funds for IndigoVolunteers.
Prompt: Reshma’s prompt is: