The Great Festival Flash-Off Contest

Read all about our fun Great Festival Flash Off contests below! We hope you will buy a ticket to be in with a chance to win a prize each month.

Loosely following the structure of The Great British Bake Off, without the knock-out component, there are three writing challenges to inspire you with prizes each of the six days for winners.

For those afficionados of the popular baking show, our judge duo (see who they are for each month here) like Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, will pop in three times during each day to instruct you. Each day of the series, there will be a particular subject or theme. Think of the flashfiction equivalent of bread, or pastry!

Challenge one 11.00 am GMT in March. All the rest of the days, BST.
This will be a theme/flash genre for a 300 word ‘signature flash’. You will write a flash that shows off your particular skills at flash. The judges will tell you the day’s theme and what they are looking for. e.g. a historical flash bursting with fruity surprise, one without a soggy middle. Something that clearly says ‘this is me and how I write.’

Challenge two – maybe around 2.00 pm
Your technical challenge — e.g write a story of 100 words exactly as a list. The judges might expect an end that packs a punch, with unusual flavours, perfectly balanced.

Challenge Three- around 4.00 pm
Your showstopper challenge. What will stop readers in their tracks? And make them go ‘Wow’. Will it be layers and layers of wondrous surprise, will it be something that has never been written before on this theme? Something you have never tackled where you give it your all.

NB For anyone who can’t make the judges’ appearances because of time zone differences, Jude, your Zoom host will post you written details of the challenges the day after the event. Stories can be submitted to stories {at} flashfictionfestival {dot} com by a week after the festival day. Results for each day will be announced before the next day of the series.

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The winner of each challenge each month, will receive a free entry to Bath Flash Fiction Award; a Flash Fiction Festival tote-bag; a novella or anthology from a selection at Ad Hoc Fiction books and two free sessions in Jude Higgins drop-in weekly flash fiction class.
At the end of the series, we will select a winner of winners for each challenge. Each winner of winners of the three challenges will receive a £50 cash prize.

Bonus competition:
Bonus micro competition. The Great Festival Cupcake Contest Write a ‘hermit-crab’ micro in the form of a cupcake recipe in no more then 150 words anytime during the six month festival period. Deadline end of August, 2021. Read more about it on the link.

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