Writing Competition Now Open!


Thank you to all of you who responded to my request for help in deciding which type of writing competition to run. I’ve taken note of every comment and I’m now pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 writing competition:

I’m running two competitions – a flash fiction competition up to 100 words and a themed short story competition for stories up to 1000 words.

Flash Fiction Competition:

Prizes: 1st £25, 2nd £15, 3rd £10

Entry fee: £2 for up to two stories

Word Limit: Stories of up to 100 words are invited on any theme.

1000 word themed story:

Prizes: 1st £75, 2nd £50, 3rd £25

Entry fee: £2 per story

Word Limit: Stories of up to 1000 words are invited on the theme of TREASURE. How you choose to interpret that theme is up to you. The treasure in question could be pirates’ treasure, treasure at the bottom of the sea or a treasured loved one. Perhaps the treasure is a much loved object from childhood or a treasured memory. Let you imagination go and see where it takes you.

Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal:

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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: esthernewton@virginmedia.com

Postal entries to: Flash Fiction/1000 word Competition, 21 Fuller Close

Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4GS, England

Closing date: 31st May 2016


After many requests, I’m going to judge this competition myself. I’ve judged several short story competitions in the past and I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing your entries. What am I looking for? Something a little different. I love stories which push the boundaries and entrants who think outside the box.

All winning entries will be published and showcased on the website.

Good luck!




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10 Responses to Writing Competition Now Open!

  1. AJ.Dixon says:

    Excellent! 😄 The cogs are turning already!

  2. Helen Jones says:

    Exciting news! Putting thinking cap on right now 🙂

  3. Sacha Black says:

    oooh. Interesting. You’re guna judge…. Right oh, no pressure then! :p I’ll whip up something for the flash flash for sure, will have a ponder on the 1000 worder – don’t think I could ever proof read something that long well enough. Will reblog closer to the deadline.

  4. Helen says:

    Really hope I’ll be able to enter both of these competitions. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again!

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