Writers and Artists and Bloomsbury present the 'Flash Fiction Challenge'

Can you write a story in 200 words or less?

To celebrate the continuing rise of the short story and following on from the huge success of last year’s competition, Writers & Artists and Bloomsbury are delighted to announce another Flash Fiction challenge.

For this year’s competition, they would simply like you to write a story of no more than 200 words based on the theme of ‘alienation’ and/or ‘the quest for belonging’.

And to tie in with this theme, they've asked Roshi Fernando, author of Homesick, to judge all of this year's entries.

The lucky winner will receive not only a bundle of all the short story collections published from this year and 2012, but also two tickets to see George Saunders discussing his new collection Tenth of December.

Jon McGregor (IMPAC Award-winning author of Even the Dogs and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things) will be chairing the event, which takes place on Wednesday 29 May.

1st prize: Bundle of short story collections plus two tickets for George Saunders and Jon McGregor’s event at the Southbank Centre
2nd prize: a signed copy of books by Jon McGregor, D W Wilson & Roshi Fernando
3rd prize: a signed copy of Roshi Fernando’s Homesick

Competition details:

The competition will run from today and the closing date is before midnight on Monday 25 March. The winner will be announced on Monday 15 April.

To enter, please email your story of no more than 200 words to writersandartists@bloomsbury.com by Monday 25 March.

The subject line of your email should read ‘FLASH FICTION 2013’.
Flash Fiction competition 2013: Terms and conditions

These are the full terms and conditions for Writers’ and Artists’ Flash Fiction competition 2013.

1. No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

2. Writers’ & Artists’ Flash Fiction competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities.

3. All entries must be original unpublished prose of 200 words or fewer.

4. Entries must – directly or indirectly – reflect the theme 'alienation’ and/or ‘the quest for belonging’.

5. Entries should not be extracts from longer works.

6. Writers may submit one entry only.

7. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. Sign-up for the Writing newsletter here if you want to be notified about the winner or check back on www.writersandartists.co.uk

8. Entries must be submitted via email to writersandartists@bloomsbury.com with the subject heading: 'FLASH FICTION 2013'

Please include your email address in the file if submitting as an attachment, or in the body of the email.

9. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on Monday 25 March, 2013. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

10. A shortlist of entries will be published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

11. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry on www.writersandartists.co.uk in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.

12. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

13. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

14. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

15. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

16. The winner of the competition will be notified in April 2013 and the winning entry published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

17. Prizes must be taken by 31 December 2013 and are subject to availability.

18. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

19. Employees of The Bloomsbury Publishing Group, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

20. We may, from time to time, inform you of new books and special offers that we think will be of interest.

21. Please direct competition queries to waybcustomerservices@bloomsbury.com