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ACW Flash Fiction Competition



This competition is Now Closed


Our next competition is for flash fiction.  Flash Fiction is very short fiction.  Should be easier to write shorter pieces, I hear you thinking.  But it’s not.  Flash fiction must contain the classic story elements – conflict, obstacles and complications – and, of course, interesting and convincing characters.  Because word limits are tight, some of these elements will remain unwritten, hinted at or implied. 

Our judges are Allison Symes and Fran Hill.  Allison has had many flash pieces published by CaféLit, Bridge House Publishing and Chapeltown Books (From Light to Dark  and Back Again).  Fran’s short stories have been published, most recently, by Mantle Lane Press and in Mslexia.  She is also the author of ‘Being Miss’ (available on Amazon) and her new book ‘Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?’ will be released by SPCK in May 2020.  Allison tells us that ‘The most important thing is to ensure that a flash story is a completestory.  Flash is not truncated prose.’

  • Don’t have too many characters.
  • Focus on THE single important point of the tale.

The word limit for the Association of Christian Writers Flash Fiction Competition is 300 words (three hundred) excluding the title.  There is no theme.  All genres welcome.  The deadline is Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

ACW competitions are free to enter for members.  For non-members, the entry fee is £3 for first entry, £2 for second entry.  Please use the PayPal link on the ACW website ( to make of payments.  No more than two entries per entrant, please.

Entry Requirements

Your entry must be

  • Sent by email to the Competitions Manager at before midnight on Tuesday 31 March 2020.
  • No longer than 300 words (excluding title).
  • Unpublished, either in print or online.
  • Written in English.
  • Typed, in a plain font (such as Arial or Times New Roman) and double-spaced, with wide margins.
  • Saved in Word format (.doc or .docx). (If you don’t have access to Word, contact the ACW Competitions Manager before submitting.)
  • Contain no identifying marks (such as your name). Double-check!  If you do accidently include your name in the same document as your story, your entry will be disqualified and your entry fee will not be reimbursed.

Please also send a COVER SHEET – a separate document – which does contain your name, postal address, email address, telephone number and title of your story.  Non-members should also copy and paste their PayPal receipt number.


First Prize – £25 Book Voucher and publication in Christian Writer Magazine

Second Prize – £10 Book Voucher


Winners of the Writing for Children Competition


Congratualtions to the following, who have gained first place in the ACW Writing for children competition. As always the standard of entries was high and these peices were well desrved winners. 

0-5 years category:     Julia Fursdon        The Rainbow Blanket
5-8 years category:    Edna Hutchings     Mandy and her Part-time Cat
9-12 years category    Roy Jones                Peya

Each winner will receive a £20 Book Token and the winning pieces will apear in the Christian Writers Magazine. 



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