We host two international flash fiction writing competitions; the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. Entrants have the opportunity to appear in our print and digital books. We own a small press, Ad Hoc Fiction, which publishes quality books and also runs a weekly micro-fiction contest. In addition, we organise the UK's annual Flash Fiction Festival.
Flash Fiction Award
- 300 word limit.
- £1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations £30 each.
- 50 longlisted entrants offered publication in our end of year print and digital anthology. Those accepting receive a free copy.
- Flash Award judge, Nuala O'Connor, shortlists to 20 and chooses the winning, second, third, and two commended fictions.
- This Flash Fiction Award round closed Midnight GMT October 14th 2018.
- Winners will be announced by 31st October 2018 on our Winners pages.
- Sign up for results news here.
- 6000 to 18000 word limit – each flash should not be more than about 1000 words.
- £300 prize for the winner, two runner-up prizes of £100.
- Novella Award judge, Michael Loveday short-lists then chooses the winner and two runners-up.
- Winner and two runners-up are published in a one-volume three-novella collection. Each published author receives five copies.
- The Novella-in-Flash Award closes Midnight GMT January 14th 2019.
- Winners announced April 2019 on our Winners pages.
- Enter the Novella-in-Flash Award here online.
We curate views, interviews and reviews of all things flash, and in addition to our two main awards, we also run the free weekly eBook micro-fiction challenge, Ad Hoc Fiction. Ad Hoc encourages writers of all experience to practise crafting very short fiction, and actively involves readers by giving them a vote in choosing weekly winning Ad Hoc Fictions. On top of providing the weekly micro-fiction challenge, Ad Hoc Fiction is also our very own small press creating high quality publications such as our first anthology To Carry Her Home: Bath Flash Fiction Volume One.
We also organise and fund the UK's only literary festival dedicated entirely to flash fiction. The inaugural Flash Fiction Festival took place in Bath in 2017. This year we are holding it in Bristol on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2018. We've exceptional line-up of flash fiction writers from the UK, Ireland, Germany and the United States coming to give talks, workshops and to read their work. There's plenty of time for socialising, open-mic sessions, a picnic, a raffle and an opportunity to submit your flashes to our second Flash Fiction Festival Anthology. Come and meet your flash fiction friends, and write and read your own work. Flash Fiction Festival booking is open now.
The awards are organised by Jude Higgins, with the help of a development team who run our websites and devise new projects. Jude 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 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, can be found on FaceBook, or you can contact us here.