Competition and Top Tips for Writing Flash Fiction

The Casket of Fictional Delights 2017 Flash Fiction Competition

Flash Fiction offers writers the challenge of creating a masterpiece in miniature. It is enjoyable and addictive to both the reader and the creator.  How do you go about creating the perfect flash fiction?

Work the titlein flash fiction you have a limited number of words, so use your title wisely. Don’t forget the title is not included in your word count!

Break the rulesYou have greater flexibility than you would perhaps have in a traditional short story in terms of language, structure and style.

It’s not a poembut remember, flash fiction still needs to tell a story, it is a form of prose after all.

Our judge Kit De Waal says

I am looking for a whole story that gives me depth and breadth, a beginning, a middle and an end but, just like a novel, not necessarily in that order! I’m looking for a turn in the story, something that propels it forward, maybe something unsettling or surprising but I don’t like gimmicks and tricks, I’m not keen on a rabbit out of the hat. For me, flash fiction has a sense of slow burn, something that will resonate with you long after the last word is read.

We are looking for entries?with a maximum of 300 words (excluding title).

Judge:?Kit De Waal
Closing date:?31st?May 2017

Entry: £5 per flash fiction, £12.50 for 3 or?£20 for 5


  • The winning flash fiction will receive £150.
  • The top three flash fictions will be?published on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
  • The top 10 flash fictions will be?professionally recorded and broadcast in a special audio podcast?on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher, and promoted by The Casket of Fictional Delights.

To enter


A full set of Rules and Writing Tips are available on the website.

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