About Our Award

Bath Flash Fiction Award is an international rolling flash fiction competition. Each award runs for 4 months. Judging takes place quickly with a top prize of £1000, £300 second, and £100 third. At the close of each competition, the next competition begins. Our last winner was announced within two weeks of the Award closing, and running three Awards per year means our total annual prize fund is £4200.

All entrants will be considered for print publication in our forthcoming Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology, due out the end of 2016. Everyone published in the anthology will receive one free copy.

The current Award closes Midnight GMT 16th October 2016.


  • £1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations.
  • 300 word limit, details in the Rules.
  • International entries in English welcome.
  • Each award runs for 4 months.
  • £7.50 for one entry (until Midnight GMT 14th August 2016, £9 thereafter).
    £12 for two entries (until Midnight GMT 14th August 2016, £15 thereafter).
    £18 for three entries (effectively £6 each, price held throughout competition).
  • Free entry can be earned via our weekly micro competition Ad Hoc Fiction.
  • Enter Bath Flash Fiction Award here online.

Finding the Winner

  • The Bath Flash Fiction Award team creates a longlist from submitted entries.
  • Our award judge, Robert Vaughan selects a shortlist then chooses the winning, the second, the third, and two commended fictions.

The Announcement

  • The winner is announced shortly after the competition closes.
  • The winning, second, third and two commended fictions are published on our News and Winners pages, along with a short author bio.

About Us


We aim to encourage writers to develop their skills by creating pieces of 300 words or less in an atmosphere of awarded competition. We also intend to promote flash fiction and bring the genre to a wider audience. By way of meeting this commitment, we also run the very successful Ad Hoc Fiction project, an entirely free initiative aimed at promoting reading and writing of the very short form.

Our competition is organised by Jude Higgins, who also co-runs the international Bath Short Story Award, and Writing Events Bath. She is a writer and writing tutor, holding a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

Bath Flash Fiction Award is both self-supporting and not-for-profit. We pride ourselves in our ability to continually develop new ways to promote emerging flash fiction writers and flash fiction in general. If you would like to talk to us further, we tweet @BathFlashAward, or you can contact us here.

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