The first Cambridge Fiction Award, a rolling monthly flash fiction competition, opened for submissions in June 2015. Each month there will be a new competition. If you’re not successful just look out for the next prompt on the 25th and try again.

The competition is free and open to all with the aim of encouraging more writers to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) on a regular basis.

We’ve launched the website with a flash fiction competition because we think this is the best way to get into the habit of writing and editing efficiently. Flash fiction is also great fun to write and read! Entries must be under 200 words which means you don’t need a huge amount of time to take part – perfect for your train commute or coffee break. Let your imagination run wild in a bite sized story.

If you have always fancied trying to write stories but don’t know where to start or if you love writing but need a bit of help finding inspiration each month, don’t worry, we’ll be providing a monthly writing prompt to get you started. Simply include the prompt word in your story and stick to the word limit – there are no other rules. The deadline for entries is the 25th of each month when the next prompt word will be announced.


The Prize:

Winning the competition will get your story published on the ‘Winning Stories’ page.