The Flash 500 website runs quarterly flash fiction competitions with cash prizes for a reasonable fee. The winning entry is also published in their sister magazine, Words with Jam, which is available to read online or as a pdf every 2 months. The competitions are for stories up to 500 words (surprise, surprise) and the closing dates are end of March, June, September and December each year. You must be over 18 to enter and all entries are by email, which makes the whole thing so much easier. The judges are always well known writers with experience of the short story.
Words With Jam is a great little magazine, containing articles, tips, contest winning stories and other submitted stories and poems. As a free magazine, this is excellently produced and very readable. You can get a flavour by trying one of the earlier editions and you can easily sign up for the magazine to be sent to your inbox in pdf format. I’ve done so and am very pleased with the quality of this publication. If you have an interest in improving your writing, or if your interest is in reading good quality stories, have a look at this one.
Word of the Day: imitation – counterfeiting, copying, mimicking. ‘Commenting on his book, a less than thrilling piece of work, she detected his fragility and made a face in imitation of a smile to avoid damaging his self esteem.’