Wednesday, 2 December 2020

National Flash Fiction Day

National Flash Fiction Day is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, 26 June 2021!

To mark the occasion, we've upped the prizes for our annual Microfiction Competition and have a brand new theme for our next anthology...and submissions are now open for both!

2021 NFFD Microfiction Competition

We have a brand new team of judges for this year's Microfiction Competition; a huge welcome goes out to Rachael Dunlop, K M Elkes, Sharon Telfer and Alison Woodhouse who will be reading this year's entries.

You can read more about the judges here, and of course, stay tuned for interviews with each of our judges which we'll post in January and February 2021 on our blog.

We've increased our prize pot this year, but have kept entrance fees and our 100-word limit the same. There is no theme for the Microfiction Competition; anything goes in terms of style, subject and theme. Please have a read of our Competition Guidelines and then send something our way!

2021 NFFD Anthology Submissions

The theme of this year’s National Flash Fiction Day anthology is… TA DA! MAGIC!

Charms, spells, rituals, supernatural effects, sleight of hand, conjuring, a mysterious quality of enchantment. The dictionary tells us magic can mean all these things.

Can you bring these qualities into a story in five hundred words or fewer?

Does the word magic conjure (sorry) something entirely different for you? Perhaps you can bring the world of magical realism to your story? Maybe Magic is one of your character's names. Perhaps you can enthral us with some magical technical wizardry in your writing?

Whatever illusion you trick us into believing, please submit your stories by 15th February 2021.

This year’s Guest Editor is Nod Ghosh who will be working alongside National Flash Fiction Day's own Santino Prinzi. Read more about them here, and stay tuned to our blog for their interviews in early 2021.

Our submission process for the anthology has changed this year, so please have a read of our Anthology Submission Guidelines before submitting. We look forward to reading your work!

Friday, 27 November 2020

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award - CLOSES NEXT WEEK

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

The submission period for the 2021 award opens at 00.01am on October 11, 2020. The closing date is 6pm on December 4, 2020. The longlist will be announced in May 2021, the shortlist in June 2021, and the winner will be announced on July 8, 2021.

To find out more about the prize, and our sponsorship with Audible, click on About.         


Thursday, 26 November 2020


Entry Form

Please use the entry form below for your flash fiction submissions. Please read the Rules before submitting your entry. If you experience any difficulties with the entry form, please get in touch with us via the contact page or see the bottom of the page for alternative entry methods.

All long-listed stories will be eligible for publication in the year four print anthology to be published in June 2021. Just tick the permission box when submitting your entry. Featured authors will receive one free copy.
Winter 2020 – Open for Entries

Prizes: £1,200 first, £600 second, £300 third, £150 fourth
(approx. $1,600, $800, $400, $200)
Deadline: 30 November 2020
Entry fee: Choose your own
Judge: Tania Hershman
Step 1 – Choose Your Entry Fee (All Currencies Are Accepted)

We operate a choose your own entry fee system. The suggested entry fee is £7 per entry (£6 per entry for two, or £5 per entry for three or more), but if that’s prohibitive, just pay what you can afford. If you’d like to support a writer who can’t afford the full fee, why not add a pound or two?

All entries are read blind. The amount you pay to enter the competition will not affect your chances of winning.
To pay with PayPal
Click the Pay with PayPal button below and you’ll be taken to PayPal.
Enter the price per entry (without the £ sign) you want to pay.
Enter the number of stories you want to submit.
Click Continue to checkout.

If you do not have a PayPal account and do not want to create one, PayPal allows you to check out as a guest. Click Check Out as a Guest on the PayPal screen and follow the instructions. Alternatively, follow the instructions below to pay with your credit or debit card via Stripe.
To pay with Stripe
Click the Pay with Stripe button below.
Follow the instructions for secure and convenient payment with your credit or debit card.
Pay with PayPal
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Step 2 – Submit Your Flash

Once your payment has been processed, fill in the form below, attach your entry, and click send. Check your email inbox for your confirmation email.

If you’re entering multiple stories, please enter each story separately.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020


In honour of the 25th anniversary year for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and in recognition of untapped diverse and exceptional writing talent across the country, the Women’s Prize Trust, powered by NatWest and Curtis Brown, is launching Discoveries. Discoveries is a unique and ambitious writers’ development programme offering aspiring female writers of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys.

For people across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has meant a radical change to their daily lives, and limited access to arts and culture. Although most women have increased pressures on their time, many are picking up their pens for the first time or tackling a writing project they have always dreamed of starting.

Kate Mosse, Novelist & Founder Director of Women’s Prize for Fiction, said:

“Somewhere out there, our Women’s Prize winner of the future is considering whether to pick up the pen – to her I want to say: do it. ‘Discoveries’ is here to help you on your way. For 25 years, the Women’s Prize has championed female writers to tell their own stories and make sure as diverse and wide a range of voices are heard. Whether you’re 88, 48 or 18, the beginning of one’s writing journey is a crucial time and the authors of tomorrow, whoever they are, wherever they are, deserve support today.”

Discoveries, first announced at the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist celebratory event on 3rd March, invites women of all ages and backgrounds to submit their work of fiction from September 2020. The programme doesn’t require writers to have finished a novel – only the opening three chapters or up to 10,000 words – and it is free to enter.

To inspire budding writers to enter, the Women’s Prize Trust, NatWest, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and Curtis Brown Creative Writing School will curate a programme of free online content, including interviews with publishing industry professionals, practical advice and inspiration from former winners and shortlistees of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and teaching notes by Curtis Brown Creative Writing School to help writers craft their submissions.

A longlist of 16 and shortlist of six writers will be selected by a judging panel, with the winner offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000. All longlisted and shortlisted authors will be offered personalised mentorship packages from a Curtis Brown agent or industry expert tailored to their needs, and free or discounted places on Curtis Brown Creative’s creative writing courses.

NatWest, who have been one of the title partners of the Women’s Prize since 2018, will gift the Discoveries winner access to space, tools and events in one of their entrepreneurial accelerator hubs and provide membership to the NatWest Business Builder community. These offerings – financial planning tools, coaching and access to free office space, including wi-fi and printing – in addition to the seed funding that has enabled the programme to take place, will help assist the budding novelist navigate their fledgling career as they begin their new journey, building their confidence to help reach their potential.

Discoveries is now open for entries and the deadline is 17th January 2021. The programme is open to all women aged 18 and above, residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English. The programme accepts novels in any genre of adult fiction.

The longlist and shortlist of Discoveries will be announced in the spring of 2021 and will be invited to attend the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony in summer 2021.

Find out more information on how to enter on the Curtis Brown Creative website >

Make sure you follow the @WomensPrize channels on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest Discoveries news and writing inspiration.

Monday, 23 November 2020


Short Story Prize 2020

Prize Fund : €6,000

Closing 30 November

For the opportunity to have your short story published in the Fish Anthology 2021, enter the Fish Short Story Prize. Ten stories will be selected for publication.

Judge: Emily Ruskovich (winner of 2019 IMPAC Prize)

Word Limit: 5,000

Results: 17 March '21

Anthology Published: July '21

Entry Fees: €20 (€10 subsequent entries)


Top ten stories will be published in the

1st: €3,000 and 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival.

2nd: A week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat + €300 (Covid rules permitting).

3rd: €300.

7 Honourable Mentions €200 each.

Saturday, 31 October 2020


Spread the Word is delighted to announce that
Damian Barr, Catherine Cho and Frances Wilson are the judges for the Life Writing Prize 2021.

Now in its fifth year, Spread the Word’s Life Writing Prize was established to find the best life writing from emerging writers across the UK. The winner of the 2021 Prize will receive £1500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years' membership of the Royal Society of Literature and an optional development meeting with an agent and editor.

Two highly commended writers will each receive £500 and mentoring. The top twelve longlisted writers will be published in the Life Writing Prize Anthology.

Damian Barr says "I look forward to working with the other judges to find some thrilling new voices and help them get heard. Memoir has a unique power for writers and readers – it is an engine of empathy. Now more than ever we need to build bridges between seemingly disparate communities and cultures."

Catherine Cho says "Life writing is a window into someone else's life - it uses storytelling to connect the personal to the universal, to share experience in a way that's intimate and revealing. I am excited to read the entries and to be part of a prize that recognises the power of storytelling."

Frances Wilson says "I am excited and honoured to be judging the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in its fifth year. Life-writing is still in its nascent phase, and I’m looking forward to finding new voices and being taken to places I’ve not been to before."

Ruth Harrison, Director of Spread the Word says “We are excited to be working with the judges and Goldsmiths’ Writers Centre as we celebrate the fifth year of the Life Writing Prize. In these challenging and changing times, it is more urgent than ever that we get to hear people’s own stories from across our communities to start creating new understandings and connections.”

Blake Morrison, Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and patron of the Life Writing Prize, says "“Sometimes comic, sometimes sad, but always inventive, the best life writing tells it like it is. It puts us in healing touch with others. It reports on experience from the front line, whether the office, the kitchen or the bedroom. It brings us voices that too often are marginalised, truths that too often don't get heard."

The Life Writing Prize 2021 will open for submissions at 9am on Monday 2 November.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Cracked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition

Our BRAND NEW quarterly flash fiction competition is coming soon! The first competition will open on 1st September 2020, with the first deadline being 30th November 2020.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, and your story must be a maximum of 500 words (not including the title). Closing dates are:

28th (or 29th) February
31st May
31st August
30th November

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

Entry fees: £3 for ONE story, or £5 for TWO stories

1st – £100
2nd – £25
both entries will also be published on our website

We may also publish a selection of highly commended entries 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 the entry page to pay your entry fee and enter the competition.

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

Thursday, 10 September 2020

The 2020 National Poetry Competition


The 2020 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries!  Start your entry by following this link.

2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest


2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
Open: September 1 to November 1, 2020
Judged by Leesa Cross-Smith
Welcome back to our annual flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!
Guest judge Leesa Cross-Smith will select three winning stories and each winning writer will be awarded $1,000, publication, a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides, and more. We have an editors’ choice round, too!
Submit Here
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National Flash Fiction Day

National Flash Fiction Day is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, 26 June 2021! To mark the occasion, we've upped the prizes ...