8 Days of Ether – Flash Fiction Competition

We’re running a fast-paced new flash fiction contest at Ether Books. The contest is already underway (we’re a little late adding it here—oops!), but feel free to hop in at any point for a chance to win.

Edit: we’ve changed some of the details since this post was originally published. We’ve had to move the downloads phase/publication of entries until the end of the contest, due to technical issues.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The submissions phase takes place June 16th – June 23rd.
  • It’s a flash fiction competition, with a limit of 500 words.
  • There will be a new theme every day. Our first, for example, was ADVENTURE.
  • You have 24 hours to submit to each theme, and at midnight GMT we switch to the next one.
  • There are two ways to win: by number of downloads or judged:

    • At the end of the contest, we will release all entries and give you eight days to get the downloads in. The person with the OVERALL highest number of downloads wins the grand prize of options in the company, which means you have more of a chance the more times you enter. All downloads count, minimum 100 downloads to qualify.

    • We will also pick our favourite from each day/theme, to be announced at the end of the contest. Winners get a promotional package: we feature you and your work (on blog, app, website), promote you on social media, etc.
  • The submissions phase closes midnight June 24th, and all winners will be announced following the downloads phase (approximately July 2nd, TBC).
  • You may submit one entry per day.

Keep an eye on our competitions page, which we’ll be updating every day! You can login and register from here. We also have a dedicated Facebook group, which anyone can join.

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2 thoughts on “8 Days of Ether – Flash Fiction Competition

  1. After a fair bit of research I have some concerns about this one. They require a vast amount of personal info just to submit a story (including date of birth, full name – not pen name – and address, nationality, and an author photo you hold copyright on, so no avatars). And the main prize is apparently “options in the company”. Might be worth writers checking further before they send anything.

    • Hi Tess, our situation is that we’re a start-up company, so we’re limited to the kinds of prizes we can offer at the moment. In the past, prizes have included iPads, iTunes vouchers and the like. This time around, we’ve deliberately offered two alternative ways to win because we realise options might not appeal to everyone. The prize for the entries judged best is a promotional package–we interview you on our blog, promote you on social media, etc.

      Our registration process is in need of streamlining and is somewhat outdated, but this information has been required mainly so we can contact and pay our writers (so it’s not particularly relevant to contests). We do support pen names and will allow avatars if you’re dead against using your own photo, but writer photos are featured prominently on the app, which is why we require one. Please feel free to fill the address field with junk.

      If you’re not sure about us, the contest’s Facebook group (link in the post) features a number of long-term Ether writers you can get in touch with, and you can also send private messages to any of our existing writers on the app itself. Tania Hershman, who runs this blog, is also a published Ether writer.

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