Deadline extended to September 5th 2021


  • The prize is for FLASH FICTION on the theme of ‘THRILLER’ in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
  • Thriller genres can include crime, mystery, historical, sci-fi, cyber, comedy, psychological, spy, suspense, legal, political, satirical and disaster, etc. We are not at this time looking for horror or fantasy stories.
  • For the purposes of this Prize, ‘murder’ does not include incidents where people in general or specific groups of people are the targets or victims, e.g. war, terrorist attacks, hostage situations, sabotage.
  • Where there is any ambiguity, the deciding factor will be whether a female character was targeted or died because she was a woman.
  • The competition is open to authors of any nationality.
  • Submissions must be unpublished. Should your entry be published elsewhere before the winner/s are announced, you must inform us by email.
  • Entries must be in English. Translations are welcome.
  • Entries are strongly welcomed from BAME and working-class writers and those from other under-represented groups.
  • Entries should be 300 words maximum, excluding the title and Double-spaced, 12pt
  • Shortlisted authors will be notified by October 15th 2021
  • The shortlist will be announced on November 1st 2021
  • The winner will be announced on November 25th 2021

How to submit

  • Click on the Enter Flash Fiction button below and follow the instructions.
  • Paste your story with the title and word count into the body of the email. Please DO NOT attach your story, or send links, as we will not open attachments or links, and these emails will be withdrawn from the competition.
  • Please note that only one Flash Fiction submission is accepted per applicant. If more than one is sent by the same author, the first will be accepted and any further submissions will be discounted. You can, however, also enter the Short Story competition.
  • If you have any questions about the prize or how to enter, get in touch via the CONTACT page or at
  • By submitting work for the Prize you are agreeing that ALL criteria have been met and you have accepted these terms and conditions.
  • You are also agreeing that we may contact you and add your name to our database to keep you informed about the Prize. Your details will never be shared or sold to third parties.
  • Any entry failing to meet the criteria will be disqualified.
  • Entries are FREE. Only one entry per person permitted. However, you are also welcome to enter the Short Story Prize

In order to help writers and publishers in these difficult times, we have replaced the cash prize for one author with FREE entries for all.  Publicity for winners will be issued to press worldwide.

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Flash Fiction Prize

Many writers have been INSPIRED by the Staunch criteria. Our Short Story and Flash Fiction Prizes enable more people to join in!

Flash fiction


maximum 300 words (excluding title)

on the theme of


And in which, of course, no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered – leaving the vast remaining thriller world to play with!

Whether you already have something in your drawer, or fancy writing something newly-minted, we want to read your short fiction!

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