Sunday 9 August 2015

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival

Flash fiction competition
Bite-sized Enlightenment

Entry ages: 14+

Start date: Saturday 8 August 2015

Closing date: Saturday 19 September 2015

Details: Some of the greatest philosophical minds in history formed their ideas about the world after flashes of inspiration. Now we’re looking for your flashes of inspiration! We want fiction that’ll make you think. More than that, we want fiction that’ll make you think in just a handful of words. If you think you can sum up the meaning of life, and tell a good story to boot, then why not submit a piece to our Bite-sized Enlightenment competition?

Need a bit of help sharpening your literary skills?

Come and take part in our Flash Fiction workshop with David Gaffney and Sarah-Clare Conlon, prize-winning author and masters of the art. Taking place at Number One Riverside, on 12 September from 11am to 1pm, this is just one of our festival lead-in events.

To enter: Submit a Word document – between 250 and 500 words in length, font size 12 and double-spaced – by email

Prize: The winner will have the opportunity to perform his or her story live on the evening of Saturday 24 October at The Baum in Rochdale. As part of the Flash Philosophy event, the winning entry will be performed alongside acclaimed flash fiction writers, including our judge, David Gaffney, author of several books including More Sawn Off Tales.

Competition rules:
Entrants must submit their story as a Word document attachment via email to on or before midnight on the closing date of 19 September 2015.
Entrants may not submit more than one entry.
All entries must be the entrants’ own original work; copyright is retained by the writer. However, Rochdale Borough Libraries have the right to replicate the work.
By entering the competition you agree that an extract of the entry may be included on the and associated publicity of Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival.
The competition will be judged by David Gaffney. The judge’s decision will be final, and no subsequent correspondence will be entered into regarding his decision.
Entries must be in English.
The prize is as described and cannot be transferred.
By entering this competition the entrants agree to be bound by these rules.
Personal details will only be used by the competition organisers in connection with this competition. Your personal details will not be shared with a third-party for marketing purposes or otherwise.
For more information read our privacy policy.
These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. This competition is administered by Rochdale Borough Libraries.

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