Fancy a fun challenge?
Our international, micro fiction competition is designed to allow your creativity to sparkle. It’s free to take part and your challenge is to write a fabulous, 100-word story inspired by the photograph below.
Writing your #100Words story
We’re looking for original stories so do take some time to brew over your idea and let fresh inspiration come into your mind. Why not pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee, sit down with a notebook and see what ideas flow onto the page?
Often the best idea isn’t the first one but occasionally it is!
Your story should be as close to 100 words as possible. (We do allow a little flexibility allowing stories down to 90 words but not over 100).
Once you’ve picked your idea, written your story and polished it, don’t forget to give it a memorable title then enter it into the competition using the button below.
The deadline is 28th June 2020. Entry is free.
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
The shortlist will be judged anonymously by Amanda Saint who is the author of As If I Were A River, Remember Tomorrow as well as numerous flash fiction stories. Amanda founded and runs Retreat West, providing writing competitions, courses and retreats. Retreat West Books indie press, which publishes short fiction, novels and memoirs, won the 2020 Saboteur Award for Most Innovative Publisher.
Amanda says that, “With such a small word count to play with, it can be hard to get that sense of a story arc in there but that’s what I’m looking for. There should be a sense of change, even if it’s very subtle, by the end so that it has the feel of a complete story. Strong narrative voice, a title that works really hard, and playing with language are also ways to make your stories stand out.”
Do check out the eight tips Amanda shares for writing memorable micro fiction here.
1st Prize: £100
2nd Prize: Retreat West Bronze Flash Fiction Membership (worth £50)
3rd Prize: Writing book bundle (worth approx. £28)*
The winning stories will also be published here on Lightbox Originals.
* Includes Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose.
- This micro fiction competition is open to writers worldwide until midnight (UK time) on 28 June 2020. Entries must be made using the online entry form.
- Entrants must be over 18 years of age and may only make one entry each. You are responsible for completing the submissions process correctly and ensuring all your details are correct. We accept no liability for entries not received due to errors.
- Stories must be fiction — between 90 and 100 words — and inspired by the image supplied. Entries outside the word count will be disqualified. Stories may be in any genre (apart from children’s fiction and fan fiction) but must be written in English.
- Please ensure entries include no racism, sexism or any form of hate.
- Stories entered must be your own and must be original. They cannot be published online or in print elsewhere or have won other competitions. No copyrighted material may be included either, for example song lyrics or snippets of work by other authors.
- Your story can be entered into multiple competitions but, if your story is accepted elsewhere or wins another prize, you will have to withdraw from this competition by contacting us.
- You agree, by entering this competition, that your story will be published on our website. We reserve the right to correct spelling and/or punctuation prior to publication.
- Entries will be shortlisted anonymously by the Lightbox Originals team and judged anonymously.
- The longlist will be announced on 30th June 2020, the shortlist on 3rd July 2020 and the winners will be announced on 8th July 2020. At each stage, the titles of the stories and the authors’ names will be published on our website.
- The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Winning authors will be contacted about how to claim their prizes as soon as practicable after the winners’ announcement is made. Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal so, in order to receive a prize, you must have an account.
- There are no alternative prizes.