Flash Fiction Competition


I thought I’d just let everyone who writes flash fiction know about this competition I came across. It’s run by Print Express (a UK design blog covering print, web and mobile design).

Many of the WordPress challenges ask for a word limit of 150 words, so I thought this may be of interest, especially as the story can be one that has previously published anywhere, including on your blog. Or you could write something completely new – and submit more than one entry, should you wish. The winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.

I’ve copied the rules here and put a link to the page at the end for anyone interested:

– The story has to be family friendly
– It has to be your own work
– It can be no longer than 150 words
– By entering your story, you’re agreeing to allow us to publish it on our site
– By entering, you retain full copyright but give us a non exclusive license to publish it on our website
– It’s free to enter, and it’s open to all

The deadline for entries is July 31st, 2016 and the winner will be announced shortly after.

If interested, here’s the link to the site with the rules (as above) plus details of where to send your entry and answers to other people’s queries in the Comments section on the page:


This competition sounds like a good idea, especially as it’s free, and entries can be ones that have been previously published! What’s to lose – and there’s an Amazon voucher to gain for someone. 🙂

I hope to be back on my blog a little more as soon as my book A Dash of Flash is formatted and published on Amazon. Hopefully, I’ll get that done during the next week or so.

A Dash of Flash (Small)

22 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Competition

    1. Thanks, Prabhat. In Britain we often use the word ‘dash’ to mean ‘a little bit of” e.g. ‘a dash of milk in your tea’. There are 85 pieces of flash fiction, in the book – several 1000 words long – so perhaps it’s a little more than a dash! 🙂

      1. Hi Prabhat. Apologies for getting so behind with reading posts. I’ll try to catch up as soon as I can. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  1. I am following Print Express and have already revised one of my short writings which I am going to enter. Thanks for telling everybody. Wow, you’ve been busy. Hope to get hold of your flash stories soon!

    1. I’m not sure I’ll have time to write a story for this, Ineke, although I had intended to when I first saw it advertised. I still have time if I change my mind. I suppose I could always send one I’ve already written.
      Yes, I’ve been ridiculously busy getting this book ready. I’ve written 24 new stories and altered or lengthened several I already had. I initially wanted to have 100 stories, but when I checked on Amazon, I found that most flash fiction books are much shorter. I still have 85 stories, several long ones, which is probably quite long enough. Now I need to concentrate on Book 3 of my trilogy.
      Hope your stories for Book 2 are coming along well, too. I know it must be hard finding time when you’re at work on weekdays. Thanks, Ineke. 🙂

      1. I sent in one of my old stories yesterday. Most of my stories are short. My friends all loved the one I sent in. Not expecting anything but just the idea is good enough. My second book is just standing still. I think I’ll tackle it during the December holidays again. If you have 85 stories in your book you could charge a bit more.
        I changed my cover of my Afrikaans book and now Smashwords has accepted it for the other apps also. Hope I sell some now. I had 17 sample downloads which is sort of good for me.
        Hope your 3rd book on trilogy comes out soon.
        Have a lovely weekend. Lots of love to you.

      2. I’ve just read your post about your book, and I really like your cover. It’s so lovely and summery. I’ll be interested in how you find Smashwords. I stuck with Amazon so far because I’m with Amazon Select. I’ve had a lot of books read that way, but as long as I’m on that scheme I can’t publish the eBook anywhere else, as Amazon Select demands exclusivity.
        As for pricing my book, I really don’t know what to charge just yet, If the price is too high, no one will buy it! I realise most books of flash fiction are much shorter. My daughter, Louise, intends to have 50 stories in hers – and she’ll have two books ready soon (one will be all fantasy stories).
        Lou intends to send a story in for this competition and I will do if I have time – just for the fun of entering. Hope you are keeping well in the winter months down there – and I still intend to get out to visit you sometime in the future. Hugs to you, Ineke. 🙂

      3. I also did my Flash Fiction on on Amazone. I tried Smashword to see how it works. They share with all the other shops (except Amazone who doesn’t allow it. Meeting you one day would be fantastic. Hope you summer is going well weather wise. Warmly IK

  2. Hi, Inese. I’m a bit of a stranger to Blogland at the moment, but I do hope to have more time now that my ‘flash’ book is finished. It’s been checked by my editor and is being formatted now. It’s just an extra something to have published while I finish off my trilogy. (Hope to pop onto some blogs this weekend, so I’ll catch up with you then.) 🙂

    1. Thank you, Snow! The cover was done by the same designer who did those for my other two books. He’ll be doing the one for Book 3 of the trilogy soon, too. The ‘flash’ book is now being formatted and I’m hoping to get it up on Amazon by next weekend. I’ve written a lot of new stories to include with those I’d already written on my blog- the reason I’ve hardly posted anything for a while. I’ll try to do some catching up soon. 🙂

    1. I haven’t written one for this. If I send anything in the next few days, it will be one already written. It was Doug, the editor I use, who’d just finished editing my flash fiction book (which I’ll be publishing as soon as it’s formatted) who sent me notice of this. He thought I might like to have a go. We’ll see.

      1. I eventually sent a story off, but it isn’t one of my best. I was hard pushed to find one of 150 words that I liked. Most I wrote last year are 175 words, and I just hadn’t time to fiddle around with any of them – or write a story just for the competition. I’m pretty sure there’ll be better stories than mine sent In. I’ll try harder next time! 🙂

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