Short Story and Flash Fiction contests


To enter, first read all the rules below and ensure you follow all of them please.

Then pay via the PayPal link below. It is £4 for each short story and £2 for each flash.

Finally, complete the form(s) below, as applicable.

The first one is for flash fiction:

The second form is for the short story:

The rules

  • All entries must be kidlit (ie have a Main Character who is a child) and somehow incorporate the theme of WONDER.
  • Do not exceed word limits or your entry will be disqualified – word count does NOT include title.
  • Flash = 200 words max
  • Short Story = 1000 words max
  • Please label the word document of your entry with the TITLE of your story – no names in the document either – we want it to be judged anonymously.
  • Use a plan font like TNR, with 12′ and double line spacing.
  • You may enter multiple stories, but each must be a separate entry.
  • You may enter both contests.
  • Both contests close at 11.59pm (GMT) on Monday 24th October 2022.
  • By entering, you give permission for your story to be featured in our magazine.
  • You will then be contacted to give details such as a bio/photo and a few questions for the feature.
  • Open internationally. English only please. 16 years +
  • Judges decisions are final and they will not be entered into dialogue about those decisions.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to give feedback on entries.
  • Winners (and 2 runners-up) will be announced on date TBC.

Meet the judges

<strong>FLASH FICTION JUDGE </strong>Florianne Humphrey<strong><br></strong>
FLASH FICTION JUDGE Florianne Humphrey

Florianne is an author, freelance marketer, and creative writing workshop leader represented by Chloe Davis at Darley Anderson. Recent publications include poem The Blundergaffe published by Popshot Magazine, YA short story The Time Tailor published by Northern Gravy, and adult historical The Hireling published by Literally Stories. Her short story Blind Date was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize.

She runs face-to-face creative writing workshops for organisations such as New Writing North, Seven Stories and International Women’s Day and independently tutors creative writing online.

Florianne’s WriteMentor journey started in 2019 as a mentee on the summer mentoring programme, and now she supports Stuart by designing and promoting content, co-hosting WriteCast, and producing WriteMentor Magazine.

She is a francophone and francophile, and her favourite things include cheese, bookshops and German Shepherds.

<strong>SHORT STORY JUDGE </strong>Emma Finlayson-Palmer<strong> <br></strong>
SHORT STORY JUDGE Emma Finlayson-Palmer

Emma has been writing for most of her life, with her first publication at the age of 8 on the now ancient artefact known as CeeFax. She is represented by the David Higham Agency, and mainly writes for children, but also writes short stories and flash fiction, with numerous pieces online, in magazines and anthologies.

An active member of multiple writing groups and organisations, including SCBWI and NAWG, Emma is also the creator and organiser of the fortnightly writing chat called #ukteenchat on Twitter. An active member of the online writing community, she can usually be found loitering on Twitter when she should be writing. Emma is a mentor on both the WriteMentor summer programme and Spark, as well as a reader for the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award.

Emma lives in the West Midlands with her husband, a multitude of children, cats and chickens and hundred of notebooks!

Follow Emma on Twitter: @FinlaysonPalmer and Instagram: finlayson_palmer.

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