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Flash Fiction Competition 2024 – Entry Form

*** The competition is now closed to entries. Thank you to everyone who entered. ***


(Detailed instructions on the Terms and Conditions page).

  1. Pay the relevant entry fee (using the PayPal button or link below) and take note of the Transaction ID.
  2. Complete the Entry Form below (including the PayPal ID) and click ‘Submit’.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email from confirming receipt of your entry or entries (if you don’t receive this within 24 hours – and you’ve checked your spam folder – please contact us:

Competition Details:

  • Deadline: Midnight (UK time) on Wednesday 31st January 2024
  • Entry Fee: £10 (one entry), £19 (two entries), £27 (three entries)
  • Prizes: 1st Place: £1,000; 2nd Place: £300; 3rd Place: £200
  • Head Judge: Stephanie Carty (Author and Clinical Psychologist)
  • Publication: The three winning entries will be published on the website
  • Word Limit: 300 words (excluding title and line spaces)
  • Charity: £1 from each entry will be donated to First Story (England’s leading creative writing charity for young people)
  • Please read the full Flash Fiction Competition Terms & Conditions before entering.

*We want to make the competition accessible to as many writers as possible. We therefore have a limited number of free entries for low-income writers, available on a first-come, first-served basis (though no later than 15th January 2024). Please see the terms and conditions for details.

Winners and authors who have made the shortlist will be notified by email no later than Friday 29th March 2024. The announcement of winners and shortlisted entries will also be made no later than this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enter stories that have been published elsewhere?

No, this would invalidate your entry, even if published on your own website or social media.

Where will you publish the winning entries?

The three winning entries will be published on the website and we hope to publish them in a future anthology.

Will any shortlisted or longlisted entries be published?

We hope to publish several entries from the shortlist and longlist in a future New Writers Anthology. We will contact entrants with the details after the competition winners have been announced.

Are there are any free entries for people on low incomes?

There are a limited number of free entries available to people from low income households. Details of how to apply can be found in the terms and conditions. Note that this must be done before 15th January 2024.

Who is the Head Judge?

As detailed on the main Flash Fiction Competition page, the Head Judge for this competition is Stephanie Carty, author and clinical psychologist. She has written several books including the highly rated novel Shattered.

Can I enter a poem rather than a story?

The Flash Fiction Competition is for prose rather than poetry (as we also run regular dedicated poetry competitions). Although poems will not be disqualified, we are generally seeking stories rather than poems. Having said that, prose poems with a narrative might appeal to the judges.

Is there is a discount for multiple entries?

Yes. If you pay for and submit two or three entries at the same time, you will receive a discount ( Entry fees: £10 for one entry, £19 for two entries, £27 for three entries). Note that the maximum number of entries is three per person.

Is there a theme for the competition?

There is no specific theme. Stories can be about any subject or incorporate any theme or genre, although we are seeking stories for adults (as opposed to those aimed at children).

Can you give a hint about what type of story might be successful?

To find out what our Head Judge is hoping to find in the entries we receive, check out the Cassandra Parkin Q&A.

Please be aware that failure to follow the submission instructions or the terms and conditions will result in your entry being disqualified and no refund will be issued, so please take care. Good luck!