It’s nearly a month since I launched my first flash fiction competition and the entries are starting to roll in. It’s been very exciting and thank you to all who have entered so far. In case you missed it, here are the all important details. There’s still plenty of time to enter.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the website.
A tantalising taster
To get you in the mood, here’s a flash fiction story of 100 words:
The stench hits my nostrils. I gag, my stomach lurching. Sweat soaks my palms and my body jerks out a dance.
Shouts are gaining, a crowd chanting. A roar pierces the air. The stale bread and grimy water they called breakfast flies from my mouth. Hands grab me, jagged nails digging into flesh, yanking me to my feet.
I’m flung outside. Dirt in my mouth, filth up my nose. Sunlight stabs me. Then I see it. Its wonder, its magnificence, its presence. And I’m part of it. My first view of the Coliseum. The tiger pounces, ensuring it’s my last.