The Great Festival Cupcake Contest

abhishek-hajare on unsplash

The whole Great Festival Flash-Off six day series was inspired by the Great British Bake Off and writer, teacher and editor, Nancy Stohlman’s fun definition of flash fiction; in her interview with April Bradley in Smokelong Literary. There, Nancy said flash was the cupcake of literature
On each of six days there are three writing challenges set by our different wonderful Flash-Off judge duos, but for those who can’t make the festival days for whatever reasons, we also have The Great Festival Cupcake Contest open to all.

We want you to write a 150 word max (title excluded) Hermit Crab Flash using a cup cake recipe as your template for whatever stories you want to write using this structure. Any cupcake recipe can be used as a template. We’ll allow fairy-cake recipes too!

Entry cost is £5.00 payable via Paypal on the button below.

Half the money raised (minus paypal charges) will go to the winner and half will be donated to the Huntington’s Disease Association.
Two runners up will receive a book bundle from Ad Hoc Fiction plus a Flash Fiction Festival tote bag.
The winner and runners-up will be published in our Flash Fiction Festival Anthology and will receive a free contributor’s copy.
The contest will be judged anonymously by Diane Simmons (co-director of Flash Fiction Festivals)
Closing date 31st August, 2021.

To enter, forward your paypal receipt and attach your (unpublished) micro as a doc, docx, odt or pdf attachment (not pages please) to cupcake {at} flashfictionfestival {dot} com
Do not write your name on the story.

In the subject line of the email, write ‘Cupcake Contest.’
In the body of the email, write your name, the title of the story and the word count.

Bonus: If any writer (or child of the writer) wants to have a go at making a REAL EDIBLE cupcake and the writer (parent) sends the recipe and a photograph of the cake along with the story entry, we will post the cupcake photos on the website and give the baker of what we judge to be the tastiest (we might try out the recipe) and most beautiful-looking, a £10 cash prize!

share by email