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Friday, October 07, 2011

Three New Flash Fiction Contests

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Flash fiction contests seem to be very popular right now, so here are details of three I've heard about in the last week or so.

Incidentally, the term flash fiction is typically used for short stories of under 1000 words, although often the word limit is set much lower than this.

1. Miranda Dickinson Flash Fiction Contest

This contest for aspiring novelists, from the HarperCollins Authonomy website, invites you to create a 416-word story, beginning with the words, 'It started with a kiss'.

The contest is being held to celebrate the release of the third novel 'It Started With a Kiss' by UK romantic fiction author Miranda Dickinson. A near-neighbour of mine, Miranda was originally 'discovered' via the Authonomy site, and is now one of HarperCollins' star authors.

The winning entrant will be invited to submit the first 20,000 words of their novel manuscript (which need not be related to the contest story) to be reviewed by Miranda’s own editor. They, alongside four runners up, will also receive a signed copy of Miranda’s new novel, publishing November 10 2011. The contest is open world-wide. The closing date is 16 October 2011, so you'd better get writing now!

Incidentally, some of you may know Miranda as WurdSmyth on my forum at It's great (and inspiring) to see how successful she has become in the last two or three years.

2. Reader's Digest UK 100-Word Short Story Contest

This contest for stories of exactly 100 words has a top prize of 1,000 UK pounds - a pretty good rate per word! It's open to UK and Irish writers only - sorry if that doesn't apply to you.

There are three categories: one for adults, and two schools’ categories: one for children aged 12 to 18, and one for children under 12. In the adult category, the entry voted best by the panel of judges will receive £1,000, and two runners-up will receive £100 in book tokens. In each of the school categories, the prize for the winner is £500 of high-street vouchers of their choice, and £500 for their school. Winning entries will be published in a future issue of Reader's Digest.

The closing date is January 31, 2012, and entries have to be submitted by email.

3. LWC Flash Fiction Slam 2011 (scroll down a bit to reach the relevant item!)

The Limerick Writers' Centre is running its second international flash fiction contest this month.

This year, writers are being asked to submit pieces of up to 500 words (not including title), with the prompt being '2011'. They say that the stories could be about anything: '2011 could be number or a year. The pieces must be stories with a beginning, a middle and an end - not poetry or vignettes.'

Entries must be submitted by email by the closing date of 30 October 2011. A short-list of 10 entries will be announced on or around 15 November. Each shortlisted entrant will have the opportunity to read their piece (or have it read by an actor) at the 2nd Annual LWC Flash Fiction Slam in December 2011. On the night, there will be a small prize selected by the judges and a small prize voted on by the audience.

Good luck if you decide to enter any of these flash-fiction contests. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

Photo Credit: CG Lightning Strike by Axel Rouvin on Flickr.

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