FLASH 1500

1500 Words 
£1,500 First Prize ($2,000)
£15 Reading Fee With Critique ($20)
£7 Entry Fee Without Critique ($10)


Before you jump right into writing, please read the essential short story tips from a highly esteemed author at the bottom of this page - and stick to the theme! 

Read Our Fall Short Story Contest Winner On Our Stories Page 

“When I delve into a good short story, I always come out on the other side with a little more understanding of the world around me. A great short story gives me a lot more understanding and makes me love that world.” - R. Cummings 

Good luck all! 🦑


Contest Theme: ‘TIME’

‘Time is an illusion’ - Albert Einstein 

‘If time travel is possible, where are all the tourists from the future?’ - Stephen Hawking 

‘Time is what we want most, but what we use worst’ - William Penn

‘Have you ever tried to eat a clock? Well, don’t. It’s very time-consuming’ - Fritz Borge

‘You may delay but time will not’ - Benjamin  Franklin 


Rules for Submissions 

• Contestants may submit up to three short stories in the English language on the given theme: ‘TIME.’ 

• All genres and styles will be considered but contestants MUST adhere strictly to the word count of 1500 (+ or - 10%). Please do NOT use ‘TIME’ as the title for your work. The title is the first thing the judges see so be creative and innovative - aim to impress

• Work will be judged anonymously so the entrants name or details should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.

• The contest opens for submissions on March 1st 2021 and closes at midnight on May 15th 2021. Late entries will not be accepted. 

• All entries must be submitted digitally as Word or PDF files, attached to an email and sent to: bethestudent@icloud.com

• Entrants should write: ‘Flash 1500’ as the email header and provide their FULL name, postal address, telephone number and brief bio (2-3 sentences) in the body of the email.

• The Reading Fee of £7 (or £15 with critique) can be submitted via PayPal only. Request a link in your email stating which option you prefer.
Click ‘Send’ on the PayPal website and enter our email address: bethestudent@icloud.com. You will then be able to convert your local currency. 

• Shortlisted contestants will be notified by June 15th 2021 and the winner will be announced on July 1st 2021. Participants who are eligible will receive critique by August 1st at the latest. 

— — — Terms and Conditions  — — — —

• By submitting you agree to all the rules, terms and conditions.

• The Reading Fee must be paid for each story submitted. 

• Excessively graphic or offensive content will result in a piece being disqualified. Entry fees will not be refunded for disqualified pieces. In the unlikely event of contest cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, all entry fees will be refunded in full. 

• The winning piece may be subject to minor editing before publication. We require first electronic publication rights from the winner. We may also use some excerpts from runners-up. Entrants retain all rights to non-winning pieces.

• Rules are subject to change if necessary except one - you must be 18+ to enter.
• Judges are considered capable of impartiality and contestants may not appeal their decision under any circumstances. 

Good Luck! 

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Thanks for submitting!



Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. That way you’ll keep your audience and your friends. 

Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for and make sure they know they should be rooting for them.

Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water or freedom.

Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.

Begin as close to the end as possible.

Be tough. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make strange things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

Write to please just one soul. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story might blow away.

Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. Forget about suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

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