Markets For Writers

My market for you this week is a very special one – it’s the launch of my first short story competition! Over the years I’ve entered lots of writing competitions and been fortunate enough to win some. There’s no feeling quite like it so I thought I’d give someone the opportunity to enjoy that special moment when they find out their story has been chosen as the winning entry.  Please share this and tell everyone about it!

I’m planning to launch a range of competitions. Here are the details of the first one:

Flash Fiction Competition

Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £25, 3rd £10

Entry fee: £2 per story

Word Limit: Stories of up to 250 words are invited on any theme.

Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal, via the website. Cheques should be made payable to Esther Newton.

Entries should be submitted as e-mail attachments in Word or PDF format. In the body of the e-mail, please detail the following: your name, postal address, e-mail address, story title and word count.

For postal entries, please include a cover sheet with the following information: your name, contact details, story title and word count. If you want your story back, please enclose an S.A.E.

The title does not form part of the word count.

Your name should not appear anywhere on the story.

E-mail entries to:

Postal entries to: Flash Fiction Competition, 21 Fuller Close

Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4GS, England


Closing date: 30th June 2015

All winning entries will be published and showcased on this blog.



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15 Responses to Markets For Writers

  1. Sacha Black says:

    I am SO in… 🙂

  2. I’m a bit busy with launching my second book but when things calm down a bit I’m tempted to get involved in this. I’ve never entered a competition in my life, but this really does sound like a good project

  3. TanGental says:

    What a terrific idea, Esther. Hope it goes well. I will tweet it to my small list and reblog now…

  4. TanGental says:

    Reblogged this on TanGental and commented:
    Here’s a competition especially for those of you, like me, beginning to stretch themselves on the flash front. Esther, for those who don’t know, does a series of weekly prompts that are excellent and now this.

  5. Thanks Geoff and a great comment 🙂

  6. Sacha Black says:

    Reblogged this on Sacha Black and commented:
    If ever there was a writing competition you should enter, it’s this one. Esther Newton, is one hell of a writer, and a seriously amazing tutor at the Writers Bureau. She is launching a flash fiction competition, open to any and all genres. Haven’t got time to write a whole story? Fine, that’s no excuse, the word limit is 250 words anyway! Entry is super cheap, and you can add a critique to your submission if you want to – which I strongly recommend, her feedback is second to none. So what are you waiting for? Get writing, I have already written my first entry…

    • Awww, you’re brilliant! Thank you 🙂

      • Sacha Black says:

        Your always welcome – thought I’d space it out from your first post if you post it again I’ll do the same. Have shared it as many places as I can. You should post it on one of the hashtag things as well should boost traffic to your post – MondayBlogs Is always popular 😄

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