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-02 - "Decisions"

As the world slowly emerges from lockdown, many daily activities we used to take for granted can require making major decisions.
For our current “Flash Fiction” contest, we invite you to write a story that features decisions.  What do your characters need to decide?  What guides their decisions?  How do those decisions affect their lives?  Writing about fictional decisions might help you and your readers when making decisions in real life!
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 "Decisions"

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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