Spring 2019 Winners & Choose Your Own Entry Fee

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Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.

Spring 2019 Winners

At the end of June, we published the three winning stories from our Spring 2019 flash fiction competition as chosen by Alison Moore. Here are the winners and links to the stories:

First Place: Cooped by Andrew Stancek
Second Place: Big Strong Giant by Billy Cowan
Third Place: Happicabs by Night by Izzy Paprika

You can read Alison’s thoughts on the winning stories here.

Summer 2019 Long-List

We’ve also just published the long-list for our Summer 2019 competition and have started publishing stories as we count down to the announcement of the winners at the end of September.

Autumn 2019 – Choose your own entry fee

We’re also accepting entries for our Autumn 2019 competition. For this round, we’re delighted to have 2018 Guardian ‘Not the Booker’ Award shortlisted writer Naomi Booth as our judge.

For this round of the competition, we’re inviting you to choose your own entry fee. If the suggested entry fee of £7 is prohibitive, just pay what you can afford. If you’d like to support a writer who can’t afford the full fee, why not add a pound or two? More details on our website.

Here are the important details:

Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry Fee: Choose your own
Entries close: 31 August 2019
Judge: Naomi Booth

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

 

A Story For Daniel

A Story For Daniel is a flash fiction competition created to remember Daniel Farbrace and raise awareness of blood stem cell donation and childhood cancer support. We invite pieces up to 500 words with a joyful, hopeful or uplifting theme. £100 first prize. Free entry. Closes 31st October. See https://gaynor69.wixsite.com/astoryfordaniel for full T & Cs

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

SSC20 flyer
Thursday 1st August 2019
will see the launch of the seventh Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition hosted by the award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support.

 

The competition asks writers to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 2nd December 2019 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony on Tuesday 3rd March 2020, InterAct’s 20th birthday. This year the competition will be judged by esteemed novelist Margaret Drabble.

 

Entries can be submitted by email or post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story. Please find more details and terms and conditions of entry on the InterAct Stroke Support website: https://www.interactstrokesupport.org/ssc2020

 

Previously shortlisted competition entrants have been published alongside authors such as Ruth Rendell, Toby Young and Nell Dunn in our illustrated collection of short stories and poems, Interactions, which is available to purchase on our website: https://www.interactstrokesupport.org/shop

 

InterAct Stroke Support is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. InterAct specialises in delivering stimulating and inspiring short stories specially selected to suit the needs of stroke patients.  The readings are designed to assist recovery by improving mood, stimulating the brain and providing much-needed entertainment.

The Autumn 2019 Reflex flash fiction competition is open

Autumn 2019 - Reflex Fiction - Flash Fiction Competition - shortstops

Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. We publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each competition.

We had a fantastic response to our Summer competition: 413 entries from 25 different countries. We’re busy reading and judging in preparation for announcing the longlist on 1 July. In the meantime, the next round of the competition is now open for entries. In the interest of making the competition more inclusive, we’re trialling a choose your own entry fee system for this round. Visit our website for more details.

We’re delighted to have Naomi Booth, 2018 Guardian ‘Not the Booker’ Award shortlisted author acting as judge. Here are the important details:

Prizes: £1,000 / £500 / £250 (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Entry fee: Choose your own
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Judging: September 2019
Longlist announced: 1 October 2019
Judge: Naomi Booth
Submissions: via our online entry form.

Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner

Witches Sail in Eggshells coverWe’re excited to announce our first publication under the Reflex Press banner. Witches Sail in Eggshells by Chloe Turner is a collection of seventeen short stories and is available to order now through our website. You can also read a taster story from the collection, ‘Hagstone’, online here.

Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Writing Competitions 2019

2019 Writing Competitions Michael Mullan Cancer Fund

Entry is now open!

Great competitions for a great cause!

This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter.

The competition is open to people of 16 years and over.

All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.

Closing Date is 12.00 midnight (GMT) on Thursday 18th July 2019.

Short Story Entries

– Entries should not exceed 2,000 words.

– Entry Fee €15

Flash Fiction Entries

– Entries should not exceed 500 words.

– Entry Fee €10,

Poetry Entries

– Entries should not exceed 40 lines.

– Entry Fee €10

*A longlist of the top 20 submissions in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund website in August 2019.

*The top 6 shortlisted in each competition will be listed in September.

*Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at a special event on Wednesday 9 October 2019 (7.00 pm for 7.30 pm) at Newbridge Library, Co. Kildare as part of the 2019 Kildare Readers Festival. 

*The winning entries in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund website and also on the Kildare Readers Festival

To enter and for more information go to

https://www.michaelmullancancerfund.com/writing-competitions

Announcing the Show Me Yours Prize

Fiction // Nonfiction // Poetry // Image

I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium was organised by two students – James Smart and Melissa Wan – on the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. It began as a desire for conversation about the role of sex writing in literature.

With the Show Me Yours Prize, we want to open that conversation to artists and writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to celebrate work that engages with the world of sex and desire in surprising and exciting ways.

OPEN NOW – CLOSING JULY 10
£300 GRAND PRIZE
£50 PRIZE TO HIGHLY COMMENDED
ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY

Find out more at showyouminesymposium.com/prize

FlashBack Fiction’s Summer 2019 Microfiction Competition: Moon Landing

 

Full_moon_partially_obscured_by_atmosphere20 July 2019 marks fifty years since the Apollo Moon Landing. To celebrate that small step and giant leap, FlashBack is holding our second historical microfiction competition.

We are looking for flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid work of up to 100 words (excluding title) on the theme of  ‘Moon’.

Feel free to write about space programmes, but you don’t have to. Let your historical imagination lift off. Think eclipses, explorers, navigators, astronomers, smugglers, sonatas, festivals, harvests and hunters but the moon must play a significant role. Don’t just tell us the moon was shining. Your story can be set anywhere or anytime, as long as it’s before 2000 CE and linked to human history. We are not open to futuristic stories.

Want to know what type of story boosts our thrusters? Check out our WW1 micro comp winners and our timeline.

We will publish the top five stories, one each day, from 15-19 July on the FlashBack website.

The first entry is free (£3 for subsequent entries). Prizes are £25 for the winner, £15 for second place and £10 for third place.

Because of the very short turn-around time, we cannot consider simultaneous submissions. No previously published work either, please.

Entries must be received by 11.59pm BST on Sunday, 16 June 2019. Read the full competition submission guidelines here.

We look forward to reading your work!


Image of full Moon partially obscured by atmosphere courtesy of NASA under Photo ID: S103-E-5037.