Flash fiction contests are always popular, so here are two with generous prizes that caught my eye recently…
The Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest is a free-to-enter competition for an unpublished short story of up to 500 words.
The winner will be offered a three-week writing residency at the Studios of Key West, spending up to ten days writing in Ernest Hemingway’s private study at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.
The prize includes accommodation for up to 21 days in a residency cottage, an Air Travel Card up to $1,500 and a meal allowance. The total value of the prize is $6,950 USD.
The residency must be taken between 5 and 31 July, and the closing date is 31 March 2016.
This contest is open to residents of the United States, Canada excluding Quebec, the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland, and Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. For further information, click on this link to the contest website.
The other contest is the Reader’s Digest 100 Word Story Competition. This one is only open to residents of the UK and Ireland, but it is free to enter and has a £2000 top prize.
On the Reader’s Digest UK website, they say:
There are three categories—one for adults and two categories for schools: one for children aged 12–18 and one for children under 12.
Your stories should be original, unpublished and exactly 100 words long—not even a single word shorter or longer!
Entries must be in by February 20 2016.
The editorial team will then pick a shortlist of three in each category and post them online on March 6.
You can vote for your favourite, and the one with the most votes will scoop the top prize. Voting will close on March 27 and winning entries will be published in our June issue.
Entry is open only to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.
What you could win
In the adult category:
The winner will receive £2,000, and two runners-up will each receive £200.
In the 12–18s category:
In the under-12s category:
The winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8.0, WiFi), plus £100 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £75.
For more information, click here to visit the contest website.
Good luck if you decide to enter either of these contests. Remember where you heard about them if you end up winning!