Flash Fiction Competition 2021
Congratulations to the authors of the Winning Entries 

First : 'Red or White' by Kimberly Adams, Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland. 

Second : 'Tsunami' by Beverly Inkson, Sheffield.                                                   

   Third :'Looking Back' by Martin Barker, Poole, Dorset.                                              


October 11th 2021

We now have a trail map for the Book in a Window competition. There are 26 cracking entries so far. Click on the PDF button to download a copy.

October 6th 2021
Flash Fiction Shortlist is announced today 
To see the shortlist please click Competitions tab.


Book in a Window Competition.

We have 25 local businesses that are entering the competition so far, with some clever titles reflecting their business interests.

The winner will be chosen by a public vote which runs from from October 14th - 21st, the details of which are as follows:

Each business will display a poster in their window.

On that poster will be a unique entry number for that window.

Voting boxes can be found at 5 locations evenly spread around Southam at


Tithe Lodge


The Original Factory Shop

Health First (Daventry St).

Voting slips will be by the boxes & all you need to do is write the entry number on a slip and pop it in the box.

September 30th 2021

Guest Speakers.

The speakers for our festival have been confirmed and we have a good mixture for your entertainment.

  • Andrew Thomas - author of Entanglement - will talk about "How to publish your first novel".

  • Local best selling author Bella Osborne will be in conversation with Sunday Times best seller Sue Moorcroft. Both have two new books out so will have plenty to talk about.

  • Local publisher and illustrator Simon Lucas will present an interactive talk about Illustrating children's books - "Draw your own Felix" so bring your kids along to that.

  • Jason Cobley will talk about the background to his book "A hundred years to Arras" and the historical significance of Arras.

  • Poet Chris Burleigh will talk about how to build a poem and how a poem works.

September 15th 2021

We're pleased to announce that there will be a number of speakers at the Festival this year. We're just finalising the programme and will publish the details of who they are and what they will be talking about in the next couple of weeks.

September 4th 2021
       The Flash Fiction Competition is now closed 
Once again we have had a great number of entries from all around the world. Our judges are now wading their way through all of the entries. 

August 23rd 2021

We're pleased to announce that the Festival is now fully booked.

We have a wide selection of talent who will be exhibiting their work, covering adult fiction, children's books with delightful illustrations, some non-fiction books including autobiography, sewing machine embroidery & demo, a poet, a book publisher, an illustrator, a book binder & repairer and a second hand book stall. 

Something for everyone.

We're hoping to have a number of speakers from the above, but this is yet to be confirmed.


July 31st 2021

Book in a Window Competition.

This year the book festival team are inviting local businesses to be part of the festival by decorating their shop windows to represent a book. 

We hope this initiative will help promote local business, publicise the  Book Festival and enliven the Town.


Local residents know how creative and skilful Southam retailers are at window dressing. 

We all enjoy those attractive window displays reflecting seasons and commemorations and in October we may be able to see our favourite books portrayed in local shop windows - from 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to ‘Pride and Prejudice’  


It should be great fun - and local people will be able to vote for their favourite.

Watch this space.

May 1st 2021

The Flash Fiction competition for 2021 is now open.
The number of entries has been increasing year on year, with 261 entries last year.

For more details see the Competitions page - you can also read the winning entries from previous years.


We are a charity, run by volunteers, and the costs of putting on the festival come entirely from donations, sponsors and flash fiction entry fees, which also pays for the prizes.

If you enjoy what we are doing and would like to see it continue, please consider making a donation if you can, no matter how small.

If you would like to contribute, just click on the JustGiving logo below and you will be taken to our page.