20 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.