Flash Fiction Writing


If Only - can you write on this theme in just 50 words?

Flash Fiction Writing

If Only

Can you write on this theme in just 50 words?

That is the challenge we are setting for our 2018 Flash Fiction Writing Competition. We are looking for stories of exactly fifty words, as measured on the website entry form (excluding the title). You can interpret the theme of 'If Only' in any way you wish, but your work must be original, and it must tell a complete story.

There are three age categories – 11 years and under, 12 – 17 years, 18 years and over. There will be one winner and two runners up in each category. A panel of experts will judge the entries and the three winning stories will be:

  • illustrated by students from the University of Derby
  • printed on Festival bookmarks, which will be used to promote the Festival
  • read at events during Derby Book Festival and published on our website.

The winners and runners up will be invited to the Derby Reads event to launch our Festival programme in QUAD on Thursday 12 April. They will also receive two free tickets to an event during Derby Book Festival. In addition, the winners in the two young people's categories will be invited to a 'Writers' Den' event run by Writing East Midlands and hosted by the University of Derby.

A story in 50 words...

"So, the trick is to produce a complete story or narrative in EXACTLY 50 words (title excluded); no more, no fewer.

Ideally it should be pithy, moving, enlightening, sweet, uplifting, dark or in some subtle way interesting.

"Well, that shouldn’t present much of a challenge to a person of my..."

If you would like to enter the competition but are unsure about writing Flash Fiction, just download our pdf file for some useful hints and tips.

The closing date for the competition is 10pm on Thursday 8 February. All entries must be submitted online using our website form below.

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1 - 9 June 2018

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