Flash Fiction Competition Listings 2016

Flash (Ahhhh Ahhhh) Fiction Competition List


Writing Contests between 100 and 1000 words. Great for staying in practice, getting your stuff out there and maybe winning a few prizes as well.

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Daily Flash Fiction Contests

Flash Fiction Contests that go off every day

Just 100 Words

Super short turn arounds and a $50 cash prize every day make this an exciting little story contest.

Weekly Flash Fiction Contests

Contests that run year round with a weekly deadline.

Needle In The Hay

Deadline: Every Sunday Midnight AEST
Our very own weekly Flash Fiction Competition. Comps and prompts across a variety of genres.

The Tsuruoka Files

Deadline: Every Friday Midnight Pacific Time
Runs a mid week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Competition. No Prizes or entry fees, just a fun comp purely for the joy of it, but there’s quite a few good stories.

Monthly Flash Fiction Contests

Totally 4 Women

Deadline: End of every month
Don’t be fooled by the name, there are no gender requirements. Monthly Competitions that are free to enter with small prizes. Sometimes Micro Fiction.

Bookers Corner

Deadline: Close to the end of each month
Monthly awards with changing themes but generally very open. Variable word counts and rules. Prizes include publication in website and possible anthology.

Chilling Tales For Dark Nights

Deadline: Variable, usually near the end of the month
The website is a bit of a nightmare to navigate, but they run monthly comps and turn the winners into audio plays. Word limits can vary so check the page for more info.


Deadline: End of every month.
Monthly prompts with a $50 prize and publication in their magazine. 1000-4000 words any genre. Free entry.

Less Than 100 Words

Deadline: Every Friday.
Weekly comp with a £20 entry fee and less than $1 entry fee. Fun prompts and 99 word count.

Quarterly Flash Fiction Contests

Field of Words

Deadline: Every Quarter (August, November, February, May etc.)
100-500 words. $10 entry fee, $200 first prize $50 first. Critiquing services offered for extra $20

Mash Stories Competition

Deadline: Every Quarter (October, January, April, July).
An interesting concept that runs every quarter. Stories in 500 words or less. Winner receives $100 and all short listed stories are broadcast and voice acted on the Mash Stories podcast.

Henshaw Press

Deadline: Quarterly – June, September, December, March.
Quarterly Competition up to 2000 words with a first prize of £100, £50 second and £25 for third. £5 entry fee and an additional £5 critique if you like.

Flash 500 Contest

Deadline: Quarterly – 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.
Up to 500 words. £5 entry fee (2 for £8) First Prize £300 (and publication), Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100

Rolling Flash Fiction Contests

Flash fiction Contests that have submission quotas instead of date deadlines

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Deadline: Rolling deadline every 1000 entries
The award rolls on for 1000 entries and then a winner is chosen. £1000 prize each time, £4 entry fee for members £9 for standard. 300 word limit for stories.

Drapers Guild

Deadline: Rolling award every fifteen entries
It’s a rolling competition with $100 awarded to the best out of every fifteen entries. $10 Entry fee. No word limit length but it’s implied to keep the stories short.

April 2016 Flash Fiction Contests

Tethered by Letters

Deadline: April 16th 2016.
Any genre, Word limit – 750. Prize $300 and publication in F(r)iction magazine $10 entry fee (3 for $15). They also have short story comps.

Variable Flash Fiction Contests

Flash Fiction Contests that occur at various times throughout the year.

Creative Competitor

Deadline: Variable, check their website for more details
Creative Competitor run a mash up of caption, short story, flash and poetry comps. With such a wide variety, best check out the website for more info.