Flash fiction competitions to watch out for

[UPDATED 5/10/18] Flash fiction isn’t an area I often venture into because, frankly, it’s hard. The best flash fiction has astonishing capabilities, from the forensically minute to impressively epic in scale despite its compressed nature. Not quite the chucking-in-all-the-words-and-giving-it-a-stir method I’m more comfortable with.

Nonetheless, I have seen quite a few flash fiction competitions listed recently and thought I’d highlight some of them here. I’ve even written an entry for one of them, but I’m not saying which, or the ‘huh’ reason why…

 

  • Allingham Festival 2018 Flash Fiction Competition
  • Closing date:  September 21
  • Prize: €300, and the Jim Keane Short Story Trophy. The winner will be invited to read at a special awards ceremony at the festival’s Literary Lunch on November 10 in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal
  • Limit: 800 words
  • Theme: none
  • Judge: Paul McVeigh
  • Entry fee: one entry €5, two entries €8, three entries €12, four entries €15, five entries €17. Open internationally

 

  • Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition 2018
  • Closing date: October 1
  • Prizes: 1st prize £500. Three runners-up will each receive £50. All four winning stories will be published in the March issue of Mslexia magazine
  • Limit: 300 words
  • Theme: none
  • Judge: Meg Pokrass
  • Entry fee: £5 per entry, multiple entries permitted, open to women of any nationality from any country

 

  • 61-P-M-Clarke-Lennox-RobinsonLennox Robinson Short Fiction Award
  • Closing date: October 1
  • Prize:  €100
  • Limit: 100 words
  • Theme: entries must connect in some way to the work of Cork playwright, poet and Abbey Theatre artistic director Lennox Robinson, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his death
  • Judge: John Dolan, editor of Cork publication the Holly Bough
  • Entry fee: free to enter. I cannot see any restrictions in terms of who can enter

 

  • Bath Flash Fiction Award
  • Closing date: October 14
  • Prizes:  1st place £1,000, 2nd place £300, 3rd place £100, two commended £30.
    50 authors will be offered anthology print publication, and will each receive a copy
  • Limit: 300 words
  • Theme: none
  • Judge: Nuala O’Connor
  • Entry fee: one entry £9, two entries £15, three entries £18. Open internationally

 

  • Retreat West Flash Fiction Award 2018
  • Closing date: October 28
  • Prizes: 1st place £350, 2nd place £200, 3rd place £100. Shortlisted stories will win £15. All winning and shortlisted stories will be published in the annual Retreat West anthology
  • Limit: 500 words
  • Theme: none
  • Judge: Kathy Fish
  • Entry fee: £8 per story, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally

 

  • Bare Fiction Flash Fiction Award 2018
  • Closing date: October 31
  • Prizes: 1st place £500, 2nd place £200, 3rd place £100. Two Highly Commended shortlistees will win £25
  • Limit: 500 words
  • Theme: none
  • Judge: CG Menon
  • Entry fee: £6 per story, £2 discount for subscribers to Bare Fiction journal. Open internationally

 

 

  • Forge Flash Fiction Competition
  • Closing date: November 1
  • Prize: $500 and publication in The Forge Literary Magazine
  • Limit: 1,000 words
  • Theme: none (that they’ve mentioned as yet)
  • Judge: the editors of Forge literary magazine
  • Entry fee: to help writers on a limited income, there will be a free submission window from October 5-18. There will also be a tip jar option which will run from October 5 to the closing date of November 1. One entry only, open internationally

 

  • The-Old-Singer Kanturk Flash Fiction Competition 2019
  • Closing date: November 28
  • Prizes:  1st place €200, 2nd place €100 and 3rd place €75
  • Limit: 500 words
  • Theme: flash fiction entries may be inspired by or suggested by the image featured right
  • Judge: Nuala O’Connor
  • Entry fee: free to enter, one entry only permitted, open internationally

 

  • Reflex Fiction Winter 2018 Flash Fiction Competition
  • Closing date: November 30
  • Prize:  1st place £1,000, 2nd place £500, 3rd place £250. All long-listed stories will be eligible for publication in the year two print anthology to be published in April 2019. Just tick the permission box when submitting your entry. Featured authors will receive one free copy.
  • Limit: 180-360 words
  • Theme: none
  • Judge: David Swann
  • Entry fee: €9/£7, multiple entries permitted. Open internationally

 

Pictures: StockSnap.io; Viv Buckley

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