Flash Fiction Competition

Our quarterly Flash Fiction Competition is open all year round.

Your story/stories can be any theme or genre, but must be a maximum of 500 words (not including the title).

The deadline for each competition is midnight on the last day of the following months:


You can enter up to THREE stories in each quarterly competition.

STOP PRESS:  To celebrate the fact that we have increased the prize money for our Flash competition, we are bringing back our offer of entering 4 stories for the price of 3.

So, just to clarify: if you pay £5 you can enter 1 story; pay £8 to enter 2 stories; but pay £10 and you can enter 4 stories into the competition. This is for the upcoming MAY deadline only).

Entry fees: £5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third (and fourth!)

1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which a selection of short- and long-listed stories from each competition will be published.

The results will be announced here (and in our social media) within six weeks of the closing dates.

Please ensure you read our rules for condition of entry.

Go to our entry page here to pay your entry fee and enter.

Good luck! – We look forward to reading your stories.

In the meantime, you can read previous winning stories here.