The Cranked Anvil writing competitions just got better!

Hello Writers!

First of all, Happy World Book Day 2022! We hope that, like us, you’ll be setting aside just a bit of time today to read a bit of your favourite book. (You can find out some of our past winning writers’ favourite books in our On The Shelf series.)

Don’t forget, if you love short stories or flash fiction (and if you don’t then what on earth are you doing here you crazy fool?!) then we still have some of our own books to buy here on our website. (Click the images to view and buy).

Flash Fiction Anthology

just £9.99 + p&p

Short Story Anthology

a few left at just £4.50 + p&p

Both volumes contain a collection of fantastic winning and short-listed stories from our competitions, and are fantastic value for money. Go on – treat yourself on World Book Day!


A New Competition

And now we’re delighted to launch our brand new competition this month.

Our short story and flash fiction competitions are open to any theme or genre, (and they’re still open all year round), but we decided to give our writers a different challenge with this new competition, and so we’ve come up with our new Prompt Competition.

For each submission deadline (March | June | September | December) we will provide a new set of prompts which must be included in your story. The word count for stories is 700-1000 words, and you can enter up to three stories in each submission window.

We can’t wait to start reading the entries that this competition will bring.

And there’s more great news: we’ve kept our entry fees low, and the prize money stays in line with our other competitions. You can find all the details here.

So what are you waiting for, writers? Check out this month’s prompts, brew yourself a pot of coffee (or whatever your preferred writing beverage may be!) and GET WRITING!