Short Story on the theme of Misrepresentation
Closing date: 30th April 2020
Judge: Amanda Saint
First prize: Gold Author Membership of Retreat West (worth £100)
Runner up: Silver Author Membership of Retreat West (worth £50)
Entry Fee: £6 for one story, £10 for two.
The theme is Misrepresentation. Fraud, dishonesty, deception, parody, sleight-of-hand, forgery, trickery, illusion, disguise, falsification and economy with the truth. What on earth is going on? You’ve got 1,500 words to reveal all.
Amanda Saint is the author of two novels, As If I Were A River (2016), and Remember Tomorrow (2019). Her short stories have been long and shortlisted for, or won, various prizes, and been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. She started Retreat West in 2012 and expanded to include Retreat West Books in 2017. Amanda also works closely with Jericho Writers and designed and delivers the Ultimate Novel Writing Course in conjunction with them. Amanda is a member of the Society of Authors, a mentor on the WoMentoring Project and can often be found teaching and judging competitions at literary festivals.
Enter one story for the Misrepresentation Short Story competition, closing date: 30 April 2020.
Enter two stories for the Misrepresentation Short Story competition, closing date: 30 April 2020.
Flash Fiction Five/Twenty-nine Competition
Closing date: 31st May 2020
Judge: Michael Loveday
First prize: Gold Flash Fiction Membership of Retreat West (worth £200) or £100 cash alternative
Runner up: Silver Flash Fiction Membership of Retreat West (worth £100) or £50 cash alternative
Entry Fee: £7 for each set of five stories, or £10 for two sets.
Submit FIVE stories, each with a maximum of 29 words (maximum 145 words total).
The stories, which can be on any theme, should work together as a collection or sequence, and will be judged on that basis.
The full set of five stories should be given one collective title, and each of the five stories can have its own title also. Any titles do not form part of the total word count.
Michael Loveday’s flash fiction novella, Three Men on the Edge, was published by V. Press (2018) and was shortlisted for the 2019 Saboteur Award for Best Novella. His writing has appeared in The Spectator; Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine; Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief; and National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies in 2017 & 2019. He teaches an online workshop in writing a novella-in-flash sequence: https://novella-in-flash.com/ and is a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education.
Follow Michael on Twitter: @pagechatter
More about Retreat West: http://retreatwest.co.uk
Enter one set of five stories for the 5/29 Flash Fiction competition, closing date: 31 May 2020.
Enter two sets of five stories for the 5/29 Flash Fiction competition, closing date: 31 May 2020.