Flash fiction is fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development within 1,000 words or less. All the elements of a traditional self-contained short story, including a beginning, a middle, and an end, even if some aspects may be implied are expected. Flash Fiction is NOT an extract or vignette from a longer story and should never end with the words To Be Continued - it has to be a story and it has to have a definite ending. No submissions advocating racial and religious hatred, sexism, child abuse, etc. will be considered.
All submissions must utilize the theme(s) of magic, science fiction and/or fantasy. Be bold, make it fresh and have fun!
Please read the rules carefully before submitting your entry via the entry form. Entries not complying with the competition rules may be disqualified.
Eligibility- Entrants must be 18 years or over by September 1, 2018.- Entries must be in English.- Entries must be the work of the entrant and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere in print or online including blogs or personal websites.- Entries must be themed to magic, science fiction and/or fantasy but can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. We do not recommend poems. Explicit material will not be accepted. Stories must be family friendly.- Please, no fan fiction or use of copyrighted material, characters, song lyrics etc.- The flash fiction competition is international and welcomes entrants from all countries.- Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please let us know if your entry wins a prize or is published elsewhere so we can withdraw your entry.
Format- Entries must be at least 400 words but no more than 1000 words. Titles are not included in the word count. All word counts will be checked. Entries with fewer than 400 words or more than 1000 words will be disqualified.- Entries will only be accepted through the official online form. - Entries must be complete - name, address, email, telephone number, and other questions must be submitted along with writing submission. Entries that include personal information will be disqualified.
Submission- Entries should be made via the online entry form.- Corrections may not be made once a submission has been received. Proofread your entry before submitting.- We reserve the right to correct spelling and punctuation before publishing. Any significant edits will be checked with the author before publication.- Entries must be received before midnight EST on September 1, 2018.- Entries missing the deadline will be disqualified.- There is no limit to the number of entries an entrant may make.- Multiple entries must be submitted separately.- Entries will be acknowledged by email autoresponder.- Please check your email address carefully before submitting your entry.- If you do not receive a confirmation email, don’t forget to check your spam.- Entrants are responsible for completing the submission process correctly and alerting us to any problems they encounter. Wizarding Weekend and the Community Arts Partnership accepts no liability for entries not received due to a failure on the part of the entrant to follow the submission process correctly.
Determination of Winners- All entries are read and scored anonymously by a carefully selected team of judges.- Entries are judged and scored on five criteria: Use of Theme, Story, Character, Language, and Technical.- Scores will determine third, second, and first place entries. In the case of a tie, a tiebreaker judge will review the tied entries and make a final decision- The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Winning EntriesFirst place prize: $500 cash prize, entry will be printed in the festival Magical PassportSecond place prize: $250 cash prizeThird place prize: $125 cash prize
- First, second and third place prizes will be announced on WizardingWeekend.com, and through Wizarding Weekend social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) on September 30, 2018.- Non winning entries will not be published at our website or used for promotional purposes.- Winning authors will be contacted regarding their prizes as soon as practicable after publication of the winning stories.
Copyright- Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author; however, the winners of the first, second, and third place prizes grant Wizarding Weekend: the right to publish their entry before anyone else in print or online; non-exclusive rights to their entry, including the right to display their entry in our Magical Passport, on the Wizarding Weekend website and the right to include their entry in an anthology.- Where entrants do not win a prize, all rights revert back to the entrant.
The information given in these Rules is correct; however, Wizarding Weekend reserves the right to change any of the above without prior notice.
SUBMISSION OF ENTRY CONFIRMS ACCEPTANCE OF THE RULES FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION