Flash Fiction has a strong commitment to writers and writing.  Our Flash Fiction writing contests, begun in April 2020, are a wonderful opportunity for writers to practice their craft, share their stories and win prizes!
All of our contests feature family-friendly stories of 350 words or less.  Reading one of our stories is a sure way to get your day off to a good start – writing a story is even better!  Some of you  writers may even want to use our prompts as a daily writing practice.

All shortlisted stories are published on our site, and are eligible for our ongoing Alexa publishing, and Kindle book anthologies.



  • Grand Prize (Staff Pick) – $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • First prize (Public Voting) – $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • Free Google SignIn, and Free Contest Entry

2020-Flash-04 - "Home"

Most of us have been spending all of our time at home during this global pandemic lockdown, so this is a subject many of us know all too well!  Now’s your chance to write about a topic as old as mankind, yet newly experienced during these challenging times.
For our current “Flash Fiction” contest, we invite you to write a story that features home.  Is home a place of refuge?  A memory?  Something longed for?  How do your characters think of home and what stories do they tell?
Good luck!

Double-check your story against the rules below, and make all corrections BEFORE you send!  Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified.

Ensure your entry follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
Include some reference to the concept of "Home"

Flash Fiction Contest


  • Grand Prize – $50 Amazon Gift Card plus permanent star page, and permanent publication of the story on the site
  • First prize (Public Voting) – $25 Amazon Gift Card plus  permanent star page, and permanent publication of the story on the site
  • Second prize (Public Voting) – permanent star page, permanent publication of the story on the site
  • Third prize (Public Voting) – permanent star page, permanent publication of the story on the site
  • All shortlisted stories are eligible for inclusion in our “Voice Club” Alexa Skill
  • All shortlisted stories are eligible for inclusion in the Kindle books

Guidelines for entering:

  • You must be a Member to enter –   Sign Up
  • Write a short story about the current prompt in 350 words or less 
  • Write your story, then fill out the Entry Form above
  • You may enter as many times as you like with different stories, but each entry requires a separate entry form
  • Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified. Please do all your editing and make all your changes before you send it in!
  • Check this page for contest updates

Helpful Hints:

  • Title does not count toward total word count
  • Hyphenated words count as one word
  • Give your story a unique title that no one else is likely to use.

Contest Rounds and Public Voting:

  1. Round 1 – Pending ( Staff)
         Pending items will either be disqualified or qualified.
         Entries will be disqualified if they:
    • Contain more than 350 words
    • Contain excessive spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
    • Are not family-friendly
    • Do not contain any reference to the current prompt
    • Are repeat entries or corrections of stories already entered
  2. Round 2  – Qualified ( Staff)
    • staff will review all the qualified stories and select a short list.
    • Only shortlisted stories will be eligible for our Kindle books.
    • Only shortlisted stories will be available for public reading and voting.
  3. Round 3 – Short List  (Public) published after entry deadline
    • The voting period will have a posted begin and end date.
    • Public votes by clicking the “Like” button within the voting period.
    • Public can “Like” as many stories as they wish.
    • The highest number of “Likes” will determine the first, second and third place winners.
    • Staff will select the Grand Prize Winner and the list of Finalists from the short list.

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