Competitions

Flash Fiction Five/Twenty-nine Competition is now closed

FIVE stories, each with a maximum of 29 words (maximum 145 words total).

Entries arrived from around the world as well as across the UK, with the last one pinging into our inbox shortly before midnight – so a big thank you to everyone who sent in their work.

Judge Michael Loveday will now have the exciting (and possibly slightly daunting) task of reading all your 29-word stories and deciding on a winner and runner-up. Some of the titles are masterpieces in themselves!

The longlist can be seen here and the shortlist will appear on this website on 5th July and we hope to publish the winning entries on this site later in the summer, after the prizes are announced.

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

In the meantime, keep an eye open for more Hastings Writers Room competitions later in 2020.

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.  

Author Website:

www.michaelloveday.com

Follow Michael on Twitter: @pagechatter

More about Retreat West: http://retreatwest.co.uk

Poetry Competition

Closing date: 31 October 2020

Judge: John McCullough

First prize: £100 and a signed copy of John McCullough’s poetry collection Reckless Paper Birds.

Runner up: £50 and a signed copy of John McCullough’s poetry collection Reckless Paper Birds.

Entry Fee: £6 for one poem, £10 for two (see below).

The competition is open-themed, maximum 40 lines.

Full details and entry