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That is the challenge we are setting for our 2020 Flash Fiction Writing Competition.

Our 2020 Flash Fiction Competition is now closed and we will be announcing the winner in July.

We are looking for stories of up to fifty words, as measured on the website entry form (excluding the title). You can interpret the theme of ‘Home’ in any way you wish, but your work must be original, and it must tell a complete story. You can enter as many stories as you can write!

There are three age categories:

  • 11 years and under
  • 12 – 17 years
  • 18 years and over.

We are also running a competition for HM Prisons Foston Hall and Sudbury with their winning stories being published on a fourth and fifth bookmark.

There will be one winner in each category. A panel of experts will judge the entries and the three winning stories will be:

  • printed on Festival bookmarks, which will be used to promote the Festival
  • published on our website.

The winners in each of the three categories will receive a £50 book token.

All entries must be submitted online using our website form opposite.

A story in 50 words...

"So, the trick is to produce a complete story or narrative in up to 50 words (title excluded)… no problem!
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 Tuesday 2 June. Judging will take place in July and we plan to publish the winning stories on Festival bookmarks in August to promote the Festival.

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The closing date for the competition is 10pm on Tuesday 2 June. Judging will take place in July and we plan to publish the winning stories on Festival bookmarks in August to promote the Festival.