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Southam Book Festival

Flash Fiction Competition 2024

1st prize £60

2nd prize £30

3rd prize £20

All entries must be received by noon on Sunday, September 8th 2024 


  1. The competition is open to anyone who is 16 years and over.

  2. The competition is for an original work of fiction no longer than 100 words in length.

  3. Each story must have a title and the title must be included in the word count. Hyphenated words count as one word.

  4. The work must contain at least one of the following words :- ‘tip'  ‘tipping’  ‘tipped’ .

  5. The word, 'tip’, and words relating to it ( eg 'tipping', 'tips’ ‘tipped' etc ), must not be used as the title of your story.

  6. The work must be previously unpublished and not be simultaneously entered into any other competition. It must be the work of the person entering the competition.

  7. The closing date is Sunday September 8th 2024 at 12 noon.

  8. The entry fee is £3 per story. Competitors may enter as many stories as they wish. Up to five stories may be entered for £10.

  9. Entries must be made electronically.

  10. The judges' decision is final. Judges will not enter into any discussion.

  11. The names of short-listed competition entrants will be published on the Southam Book Festival web site on Sunday October 6 th 2024

  12. The names of winner and runners up will be published on the Southam Book Festival web site on October 13th  2024 and listed on the Festival social media page. Winner and runners up will be contacted individually.

  13. If possible, the winning entry will be published in the Southam Advertiser.  

  14. Submission of work will be taken as acceptance of rules and conditions.

  15. Copyright of each story remains with the author, but Southam Book Festival reserves the right to publish a selection of the stories at some point during or after the Book Festival.





 All entries must be made via Email. 


  • Choose the £3 or £10 PayPal button below



  • Please put FF and your name in the subject box eg FFPennySmith


  • For further emails simply add B, or C etc   eg FFPennySmithB


  • On the email sheet please give details of your name, address, email address, the name of your story/stories and your PayPal transaction number.

  • Your story, with its title, should be included as an attachment. If you are submitting more than one story, please use a separate attachment for each story. Please check the title in the attachment matches the title in the email.

To pay for one entry please click here - £3
(This will redirect you to the PayPal website)
To pay for up to five entries please click here - £10
(This will redirect you to the PayPal website)
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