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25th - 30th September

Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2017

One genre. Fifty words. Endless possibilities.

Please note the deadline to enter the 2017 Flash Fiction Competition has now passed.

Writers of any age and ability are encouraged to enter the Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2017.

The competition aims to uncover new storytelling talent by showcasing concise, compelling, creative writing in the Gothic genre which is the theme for this year’s Lincoln Book Festival (25th to 30th September 2017).

To enter, your short story should be:

  • Exactly 50 words long – no more, no less!
  • In the Gothic fiction genre
  • Your own original, unpublished work

From Horace Walpole’s otherworldly knights to the menacing walls of Bram Stoker’s Castle Dracula, Gothic fiction has history at its heart. The genre has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years, dominating the bookshelves of children, teens and adults alike.

While we encourage participants to take inspiration from works such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Wuthering Heights, we want original creative works, not a rewrite of a classic. The Gothic is not confined to monsters and ghouls – it’s barren landscapes, crumbling castles, eccentric characters, mysterious families, isolation, superstition and even the supernatural!

The Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2017 is organised by Lincoln Book Festival Trust in association with the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University.

To enter, simply submit your flash fiction short story by email on the entry form before the deadline of midnight on 30th June 2017 to be in with a chance of winning £30 in book vouchers and seeing your story published as part of Lincoln Book Festival 2017.  There are three age categories in the competition: primary (age 10 years and below); secondary (11 to 16) and adult (17 and above).

Download Entry Form

To enter the Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2017, with the chance to win £30 in book vouchers, please download and complete the entry competition form. Click the following links to download the form as either a Word or PDF document.

Submissions should be sent by email only as Word or PDF file attachments to with “Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2017” in the subject line. Full Terms and Conditions can be found here.