Flash Fiction

"Brevity is the sister of talent." Anton Chekhov

Flash fiction is the art of a very, very short story. You may have heard similar terms like micro fiction, postcard fiction and micro story. It's all the same, although there's no widely accepted definition of length - some competitions have word limits as low as 250 words (such as ours), while others can be up to 1,000 words.

Flash-fiction often contains classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length can force some of these elements to remain unwritten - just hinted at or implied in the written storyline.

The flash fiction competition is open to writers in the UK and internationally. 

Please download and read the Entry Instructions and Rules, below, before submitting your work.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification

Word limit: 250 words maximum (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee: £8 for each flash fiction story submitted. You may enter as many stories as you wish.

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We know writers usually have multiple draft versions of their work. Please double check you have the correct version of your flash fiction story ready to upload. You won’t be able to substitute work once it has been submitted.

Postal Entry


1st £1000
2nd £500
3rd £250

3 x £100 for Highly Commended

"It was nothing short of amazing to win 3rd Prize in the Bridport. I often 'write in the dark' with no audience - so winning was affirmation that I'm not only a writer but a good writer at that.

The Bridport Prize IS a big deal, I mean a really BIG deal because it's an internationally renowned and recognised prize so winning meant that my writing is 'good enough' not just nationally but globally. Since my win I've started looking for an agent and possible publishers for my work. Winning the Bridport Prize has given me the confidence I lacked and the inspiration and encouragement I needed - yes, I've got my mojo working. Expect to see me in print!!"


Jacquelyn Shreeves-Lee (UK), 3rd Prize, Flash Fiction Competition 2017

Judge 2018

Monica Ali

“Let’s start with the title - it has to earn its place. The titles will have a job to do here."

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