Ten… Flash Fiction competitions with cash prizes
Everyone’s at it, including the editor of Creative Times. As a literary format, it’s custom built for the digital age. So, got some flash fiction you want to share? Here’s ten competitions you could enter, with (mostly) real-money prizes.
1. Flash 500
The clue’s in the name – a flash fiction competition requiring no more than 500 words. Now in its second year, the next deadline for this quarterly, open-themed comp is September 30th.
Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two.
Prize money: £250, £100, £50.
Deadline: Quarterly, next deadline Sept 30th.
2. Biscuit ‘Combo’ Prize 2012
A flash fiction and short story comp combined from Newcastle’s Biscuit Publishing. Submit a short story of 1000-5000 words and flash fiction of 750 words max.
Entry fee: £12 per combo.
Prize money: £1500, £250, £100, plus £50 for seven runners-up.
Deadline: Jan 31st, 2012.
3. Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2012
Create ‘a completely resolved and compelling story’ in 300 words or less. An annual event since 2004 organised by Ireland’s Fish Publishing, the judge for the 2012 prize is yet to be appointed, but expect it to be high profile – the 2012 short story competition is to be judged by Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell.
Entry fee: €14 per entry
Prize money: €1000, nine runners-up published in Fish Anthology
Deadline: March 20th, 2012
4. Big Fish Online Contest: Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry
The University of Montana’s English department has been publishing CutBank literary magazine since 1973. They run regular writing contests, including this one for the ‘best piece of writing under 500 words’.
Entry fee: $9.
Prize money: $200 for winner.
Deadline: Nov 1st, 2011.
5. Emerald Writing Workshops
Regular flash fiction competitions throughout the year, two more to go in 2011. 500 words maximum and only accepts postal applications. The next competition invites fiction on the theme of ‘Riches to rags’.
Entry fee: £1.80 per story.
Prize money: £50, £15, £10.
Deadline: Nov 30th (‘Riches to rags’).
6. Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest
WOW! hosts quarterly competitions. This American flash fiction competition for women writers invites global submissions between 250-750 words. Any style is accepted. Competition will close once receives 300 entries.
Entry fee: $10.
Prize money: $350, $250, $150, plus gift vouchers for runners-up and honourable mentions.
Deadline: Next deadline Nov 30th, 2011.
7. Chorley Writers 2011 Flash Fiction Competition
Chorley Writers’ Circle has launched this national competition, inviting submissions of 500 words or less. The theme for stories is ‘Urban Myths’. Postal entries only.
Entry fee: £3 for one story, £5 for two.
Prize money: £100, £50, £25.
Deadline: Sept 30th, 2011.
8. AICW 2011 Flash Fiction Contest
Brought to you by no less than the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) but open anyone, the theme of the competition is described thus: “I’m just a stranger here myself.” – finding one’s bearings in a strange time, place or condition. Maximum of 500 words.
Entry fee: $20 Canadian ($22 via PayPal) per entry.
Prize money: $500 Canadian, $250.
Deadline: Oct 31st, 2011.
9. River Styx 2012 Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest
‘Multicultural literary explorers since 1975’ it says on the site for this St Louis-based, international literary magazine. Submissions of up to 500 words are invited, up to three stories per entry. Entriesby post only.
Entry fee: $20 (includes a one-year subscription).
Prize money: $1500 plus case of micro-brewed Schlafly beer.
Deadline: December 31st, 2011.
10. 247tales short story competition
And finally, one for kids – a nice idea, we think. Children are invited to write fiction of no more than 247 words on a particular theme. September’s is The Dragon.
Entry fee: Free
Prize money: £75-worth of Bloomsbury children’s books.
Deadline: Sept 28th, 2011.
The above is a snapshot rather than an extensive list. If you’d like to suggest any flash fiction competitions with prize money, please add them to the comments section.