Flash Fiction is the umbrella term for the very short story – and it’s springing up everywhere – on postcards, bus stops, phones, zines, soundcloud, carved into bridges, and flashed across digital billboards.
But there’s more to writing a pithy short story than scribbling a quick vignette. Like any writing that catches the eye and lingers in the mind, there must be a hook through conflict, tension, characterization, plot, and a carefully controlled narrative arc. Crafting flash fiction is like crafting any short story – with fewer words. Every syllable must pull its weight.
If you’d like to learn more about writing flash fiction, you may find the following links helpful, provided by one of our competition judges, Emma Ashmere:
Please submit your work as a Word Document, using Arial, 12 point font.
Applicants must be Australian residents.
Works must be 200 words or less.
Competition registration and submission of work is online only. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
Applications will be judged anonymously. Please do not include your name in your submission.
Entries will be independently judged and only winners will be notified. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
First, second and third prize winners will be published in This agreement for publication is a condition of entry.
The top 10 entries will be displayed throughout the 2019 Byron Writers Festival site. This agreement for display is a condition of entry.
Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. (Please note: This does not include community publications, local independent publications or blogs. If your piece has been published in such a publication you are still eligible to enter the competition.)
The entry fee is $10 per submission and is to be is to be paid via Type Form only.
Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Byron Writers Festival reserves the right to reject any entries that do not follow entry guidelines. Our decision is final and correspondence will not be entered into.