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Competition Submission Guidelines

National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition Submission Guidelines

Submissions for our 2020  anthology and microfiction competition will be open from 1 December 2019 to 15 February 2020.

National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition Submission Guidelines

Submissions for our 2020 anthology and microfiction competition will be open from 1 December 2019 to 15 February 2020.

Submissions are open for this year’s National Flash Fiction Day Microfiction Competition!

  • First prize is £100
  • Second prize is £50
  • Third prize is £25

The winning and shortlisted authors will be published in the National Flash Fiction Day 2019 anthology. Winning and shortlisted authors will also receive a free print copy of this anthology.

This year’s judges are:

  • Susmita Bhattacharya
  • FJ Morris
  • Anne Summerfield
  • Rob Walton

Read more about our judges here.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit up to three (3) unpublished flashes of 100 words or fewer before our deadline. Titles are not included in the word count.

Please send each story in a SEPARATE document to Accepted document formats are .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf and .pdf.

Submissions open on 1 December 2019 00:01 GMT and close on Saturday 15th February 2019, 23:59pm GMT.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. If your story is published elsewhere, please withdraw your anthology submission immediately by informing us via email.

We only accept unpublished work. We do not class stories posted on private blogs, social media pages, or online groups (such as in workshopping forums, online courses etc.), as previously published.

Submissions are open internationally. Although we anonymise submissions, we actively encourage submissions by writers from underrepresented groups, such as BAME, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers.

The submission fee for this year’s anthology is:

  • £2.00 for one (1) entry.
  • £3.75 for two (2) entries.
  • £5.25 for three (3) entries.

To donate, click the 'Donate Now' button, fill in the amount you wish to donate, and then complete the transaction by choosing to pay via PayPal or credit card.

Money raised through entry fees will go to the cost of prize money, printing the NFFD anthology, postage, and running future National Flash Fiction Day events (free to the public).

To submit your work, attach your stories to an email with your name and flash title(s). Please also include the PayPal Transaction Reference Number for your entry fee and your email address if it differs from the email address you are using to submit your entries.

Free Entry Scheme

Thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able to offer a number of free entries to disadvantaged and marginalised writers. If you would like to take advantage of this, please note that you would like your submission considered as part of the ‘free entry scheme’. This will not affect how your story is received in any way; judges will not be aware of the free entry status of submissions. You do not need to prove, justify, or explain your eligibility. If you find the submission fee a barrier to entry, then you are eligible.

If you have questions about your eligibility for the scheme or how to donate to support disadvantaged and marginalised writers, do feel free to get in touch at using the subject line MICROFICTION FREE ENTRY.


National Flash Fiction Day require non-exclusive first publication rights and incidental promotional rights. National Flash Fiction Day retains the unrestricted right to publish selected stories in its anthologies, in print and online, and in any relevant promotional material, and will retain copyright and economic rights for the anthology as a whole.

All rights for individual stories revert back to their respective author upon publication.

The author is free to republish their work, either in part, as a whole, or in an altered form, wherever they like after National Flash Fiction Day have published the anthology.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via email with “RIGHTS” in the subject line:

Please note that submission of work by an author to the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology shall be considered acceptance of the full guidelines above.

Data Collection

We collect your name and email for the purpose of informing you about the status of your submission. If your story is accepted, we collect your name, email and address for the purpose of sending you your contributor’s copy of the anthology, and for nominating work to writing awards (such as Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize). For some award nominations, we are required to pass your email address along to the publisher. If you would prefer us not to do this, please mention this when you submit your work so that we don’t consider your piece for an award that requires us to pass along your details.

Additional Support

With projects like this, breaking even is always a challenge.

We would like to keep submission fees as low as possible whilst also raising enough to continue our publishing and programming, but to do so, we need your support. Please consider buying a book from our back catalogue or donating a small amount via our PayPal link to help keep this project going.  We will list donors of £10 or more as benefactors in the 2020 NFFD Anthology.

If you would like to help in other ways, please email us: . Please put “NFFD Donation” in the subject line of your email.

Thank you for your support.