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Flash Fiction Competition 2023 – Rules


Please ensure you read the rules carefully before entering the competition. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification.


All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle, facebook, Instagram, Linkedin or similar account details on the document. Any dedication included should not contain details that effectively identify the author (e.g. My Brother Abel Wright).

We will only disqualify entries if they identify the author in the submitted file, or they are over the word limit, or that are judged to breach UK law.

This document covers the following areas:

  • Length
  • Eligibility
  • Receipt of entry
  • Judging
  • Copyright
  • Prizes
  • Results
  • Entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.
  • Entrants may enter up to 3 stories.
  • Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition.
  • The deadline date for entries is 5:00pm (UK) on confirm date 2023.


  • No minimum, Maximum 400 words.
  • Title is not included in the word count.
  • Dedication is not included in the word count.


  • The competition is open to all entrants of any nationality writing in English, there is no age restriction.
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant. By submitting an entry you are confirming that the work is your own.  Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor have received a winning place in any other competition.
  • If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, then it is eligible to be submitted.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the prize giving date.
  • You must inform Dulwich Festival immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.
  • Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible. In the event of the entrant dying after the closing date of the competition their entry will be judged and any prize will be given to the entrants’ estate. Executors may request the withdrawal of an entry.

Receipt of entry

  • Entries are to be submitted online via
  • Entry is comprised of a work of Flash Fiction and separately each writer can submit a short description of themselves (max 100 words ideally written in the 3rd person).
  • Entries will be confirmed by email. (Please check your spam folder as emails sometimes go there by mistake).
  • It is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or mail.
  • Entry Instructions


  • The entries are judged anonymously.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
  • Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
  • Judging is fair and unbiased. Readers may assist the named judges in selecting the shortlist.
  • The Dulwich Festival reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Dulwich Festival will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning and highly commended flash fiction stories in a winners’ anthology or in a reading at an event organised by the Dulwich Festival and in any relevant promotional material including press releases.


The Dulwich Festival will award the following prizes:

1st prize  £200, 2nd prize  £75, 3rd prize £25, Highly Commended will be identified at the discretion of the judges.

The winning, highly commended and short listed flash fiction stories may be published in an anthology at the discretion of the Dulwich Festival Management Team.

The Dulwich Festival reserves the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so.  Any changes to the rules will be posted on the Dulwich Festival website.


  • Winners and highly commended will be notified by email/li>
  • The 2023 results will be posted on the website.