Flash Fiction Competition 2017

Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe International Flash Fiction Competition 2017 – Now Open

  • The 2017 LitFest International Flash Fiction Competition is now open
  • Closing Date Friday 28 April 2017
  • Send us your flash fiction, maximum 300 words
  • Up to three submissions
  • Entry fee: £4 per story or £10 for three
  • For rules see below
  • Judges: Tony Judge, Rod Griffiths, and Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

The Flash Fiction Winners will be announced at the Festival Launch event Friday 9 June 2017

There will be a celebratory launch of the 2017 anthology later in the year

Competition now open. Rules, guidelines and payment details below.

Competition Rules

  1. The closing date is 28 April 2017.
  2. The maximum word limit is 300, not including the title (no minimum).
  3. You may send up to three entries.
  4. Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. LitFest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the winning entries to be published in a LitFest publication.
  5. Translations of anyone else’s work are not eligible. Copyright remains with the writer.
  6. Entries may be published on the LitFest website, read at LitFest events and may be included in an anthology later in the year.
  7. Entries must be in English.
  8. Submit entries by email to competitions@worcslitfest.co.uk
  9. The subject line of the e-mail must say LitFest Flash Fiction Submission.
  10. Entries should be attached as a Word or an rtf document. Give your name and contact details in the body of the email, as well as the title and word count of your submission(s) and a circa 50 word profile of the writer in the third person. If you are paying by PayPal, your receipt no/transaction code should be included. Do not put your name or email address on the entry itself.
  11. Entries should be single spaced, in Times New Roman or Arial, 12pt.
  12. The winners and runners-up will be announced at the launch of the festival in Worcester on 9 June 2017.
  13. There is no theme. All styles and genres are welcome.
  14. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of this competition.

Entry into the competition is taken to be acceptance of these rules.

All entries will be judged anonymously.

Judges: TBA

Competition closes 28 April 2017

Results announced 9 June 2017.

First prize £50
Second prize £25
Third prize £10

Submission Guidelines – Flash and Micro Fiction

Flash and micro fiction not to exceed 300 words.

Up to three submissions per person.

Flash and micro fiction not to have been published or performed elsewhere.

Copyright will remain with the writer of the original work.

Entry fee is £4 per story or £10 for three.

Please make your payment for one entry via PayPal by clicking this button: btn_buynowCC_LG

or for three entries via PayPal by clicking here: btn_buynowCC_LG

Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe with your full contact details to:

Flash Fiction
Appletree Cottage
7 Nursery Road
St John’s
Worcester
WR2 4HB

By entering this competition you are agreeing that your work, if selected, can be published on the LitFest website, read at LitFest events and included in an anthology later in the year.

You must attach your submission as a .doc .docx or .rtf file to an e-mail to competitions@worcslitfest.co.uk and indicate that you have sent your payment by post. Please do not write your name on the flash fiction/s, but include their titles in the body of your submission email.

You must include a 50 word profile (in the third person) in the body of the e-mail

Your e-mail subject line must read: ‘LitFest Flash Fiction Submission’

Please note that entries sent without the entry fee will not be considered and we cannot read the same submission twice. If you have entered previously, please do not re-submit the same piece. We love to read new work!

All entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt of your payment. If you have not heard from us within a week please contact us. It is your responsibility to confirm your entry has been received.

No alterations can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. No entrant may win more than one prize.

Due to the large number of submissions, we cannot accept any that do not follow submissions guidelines and rules.

So get your writing fingers moving!  Good luck!

If you’d like to see some of last year’s entries, a paperback of the anthology is available, click here.

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