Whodunnit? Mystery revealed as theme for latest Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition

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Writers of all ages are invited to pen their own intriguing mystery stories in the return of Lincoln Book Festival’s annual flash fiction competition.

Festival organisers have revealed the theme for the latest instalment of the creative writing contest, with prizes available for the best entries across different age groups.

Lincoln Book Festival’s Flash Fiction Competition challenges authors of all ages to produce their own ultra short stories of exactly 50 words – no more, no less – on a given theme or genre. Prizes are £30 in book vouchers for winners in three age categories.

This year’s competition poses writers the challenge of penning a mystery story. Submissions might feature a cliffhanger ending to a crime thriller, or a dramatic denouement revealing an unexpected twist. Amateur authors are invited to demonstrate how much drama, atmosphere or intrigue they can weave into their flash fiction stories.

Lincoln Book Festival chair Phil Hamlyn Williams said:

“Our annual flash fiction competition is one of the highlights of the festival. The judging panel always enjoy reading the great range of entries and are frequently amazed at the skill and imagination shown by writers of all ages in producing brilliantly original short stories. We hope in particular to see younger writers take up the challenge this year which is why for the first time the competition will be open for entries throughout the school summer holidays.”

The Lincoln Book Festival 2021 Flash Fiction Competition opens on 7th June and the deadline for entries will extend throughout the school summer holidays to 10th September. Winners will be announced at the festival in October. The full festival programme of author events will be published later this summer.

Terms and Conditions and Entry Forms can be found at the links below. Please submit entries to competitions@lincolnbookfestival.org using the Entry Form and instructions contained in the Terms and Conditions before the entry deadline of midnight on 10th September 2021.

Terms and Conditions – Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2021

Entry Form – Lincoln Book Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2021