About Our Award

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 in association with Arts Council England.

Flash Fiction Award

What is flash fiction? Read the interview with our judge Tara L. Masih.
Runs three times per year, full details in the rules. In summary:

  • 300 word limit.
  • £1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations £30 each.
  • 50 longlisted entrants offered publication in our 2018 end of year print and digital anthology. Those accepting receive a free print copy.
  • Flash Award judge, Tara L. Masih shortlists to 20 and chooses the winning, second, third, and two commended fictions.
  • This Flash Fiction Award round closed Midnight GMT February 11th 2018.
  • Winners announced by 28th February 2018 on our Winners pages.

Novella-in-Flash Award

What is a novella-in-flash? Read the interview with our judge Meg Pokrass.
Runs once per year, full details in the rules. In summary:

  • 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, Meg Pokrass 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 closed Midnight GMT January 29th 2018.
  • Winners announced April 2018.

About Us

BathFlashOur goal is promote flash fiction for both writers and readers and to bring the genre to a wider audience. Running a three-times-a-year rolling flash fiction award with substantial prizes and chance of publication gives writers a big incentive to create great flash. And our new novella-in-flash award provides the opportunity to have a longer work released in a quality publication.

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 the UK's only literary festival devoted entirely to flash fiction. The inaugural Flash Fiction Festival was held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June in Bath. Working in association with Arts Council England, we provided a line up of some of the UK’s finest flash fiction writers and teachers leading events, workshops and talks; plus international guest presenter Pamela Painter from the USA.

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.

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