International Flash Fiction Competition 2021

Welcome to the Kanturk Arts Festival’s International Flash Fiction ’21 Competition

This year’s competition is now closed for entries.

Best of luck to all who entered.

The Shortlist will be published  in early October 2021

1st Prize €250 ✧ 2nd Prize €150 3rd Prize €100

Kanturk Arts Festival’s aim is to encourage original writing. We urge you to give it a go.

Your Flash Fiction entry must be inspired by, or suggested by, the image below.

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Viv Buckley Digital Artist

The judge for the 2021 competition is author and journalist Breda Joy.

Please read the rules and information carefully.

  • Entry fee €5 for one entry or €10 for up to three entries.
  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • Entry is online only via the link below.
  • The competition is open to writers of any nationality, anywhere in the world writing in English, aged 16 years or older on the closing date.
  • The maximum number of words is 500. (entries over 500 words will automatically be disqualified)
  • Your entry must be original and must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or have won a prize.
  • The judge’s verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • If the judge deems a sufficiently high standard hasn’t been reached, no prizes will be awarded.
  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • All entries must be submitted no later than 11 pm, Tuesday 21st September 2021
  • Stories received after the deadline will not be eligible
  • Kanturk Arts Festival reserve the right to publish the shortlisted entries.
  • All entries are judged anonymously. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, only in the box provided when entering online.
  • Font should be Times New Roman, Font size 12, double-spaced.
  • Word count must be added to the box provided.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should the entrant win a prize or be published prior to the prize-giving date. You must inform Kanturk Arts Festival immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.
  • Failure to adhere to these rules will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.

A shortlist will appear on Kanturk Arts Festival page in early October 2021. Shortlisted authors will be contacted by email.

The winners will be informed prior to the October bank holiday weekend.

The winners will be announced on Friday 22nd October 2021

The winning stories will be published on our website.

Click below to read last year’s winning stories.
2020 Adult Flash Fiction Winning Entries