We now have entry closing dates for reasons explained here. This page simply remains to give a historical context to the development of our Award.
There is an aspect to Bath Flash Fiction Award which sets us aside from any other writing competition. Namely, our deadline date. We don’t have one. Our award closes when we have one thousand entries.
In most writing competitions with deadline dates and big prizes, a large percentage of entries – often more than 50% – arrive during the last two weeks of the entry period. Knowing the deadline in advance means writers tend to wait several months after the competition opens before sending in a submission. We thought it would be interesting to try something different. We want to give entrants ownership of the deadline. “When is the deadline?” becomes “Is my piece ready?”
We no longer run membership for reasons explained here. This page simply remains to give a historical context to the development of our Award.
Membership is a good option for submitting multiple entries. At £5.00 for three months, members can submit an unlimited number of entries for £4.00 each. Membership can also be used to spread the cost of a single first entry between two smaller payments.
Membership reduces the cost of multiple entries
Since membership costs £5 and allows an unlimited number of entries at £4.00 each, the more entries a member makes, the less the total cost per entry. The table shows the savings.
|Member cost per entry according to number of entries
|Number of Entries
||Cost per Entry
Membership splits the cost of a single entry
Since the £5 membership lasts for three months, a member can wait a period of time before making a first entry. In effect, the cost of a single £9 standard entry is split in two parts; a £5 membership payment followed by a £4 entry fee up to three months later.