Bad Language Flash Fiction Competition

Bad Language invites you to take part in National Flash Fiction Day 2012 by entering our Flash Fiction Competition.

The winning entries will be published on our website and will be given the opportunity to read live at our exciting live literature event on National Flash Fiction Day, 16th May 2012. During the day for National Flash Fiction Day Flash Tag will also be doing secret readings around Manchester. If that’s not enough reason to get writing, we will also be giving away lots of wonderful booky prizes to the winners.  More details on the events to be announced shortly.

Not used to reading in front of an audience? No worries! Collaborate Here are running performance workshops prior to the event to help you make the most of reading your work to a live audience (more details to be announced shortly). It’s a great opportunity to get your writing out there and develop new skills if you’re not used to performing.

We’re looking for Flash Fiction no longer than 500 words to be submitted to us no later than 1st April.

Competition Rules

All entries will be judged anonymously.

1. Closing date is 1st April 2012.

2. Limit of 3 entries per person.

3. Flash/micro fiction up to 500 words is eligible.

4. Submitted pieces must not have been published elsewhere and must be the entrant’s own original work. Translations of anyone else’s work are not eligible.

5. There is no entry fee.

6. Entries must be submitted electronically to the  e-mail address:

7. The subject line of the e-mail must say FLASH FICTION SUBMISSION

8. Entries should be attached as Word or RTF documents. In the body of the email please give your name, phone number, email address and telephone number, as well as the title and word count of your submission(s).

9. Entries should be single spaced, in Times New Roman or Courier font, 12pt.

10. The winners and runners-up will be announced on 1st May 2012 and the winning entrants must be available to read at a special event on 16th May 2012.

11. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of this competition.

12. All entries must follow the rules above.


Your work will be looked at, scrutinized, enjoyed and judged by the following A Factor panel (A for amazing, that’s right):

David Gaffney

He is the author of Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), Station Stories, in which six writers linked to the audience with wireless headphones performed short stories in Manchester Piccadilly railway station (Manchester Literature Festival 2011), amongst other things. He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. His latest collection of short stories, The Half Life of Songs, is out now.

– Emma Jane Unsworth

Her short fiction has been published in various places and she is a columnist for The Big Issue in the North. Her first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything was published by The Hidden Gem Press in June 2011. It’s about drinking, eating, not eating, astronomy and the devil. She is currently working on her second novel.

Cathy Bryant 

 Her poems and short stories have been published on four continents (just Africa and Antarctica to go…). In 2009 she was runner-up in the Woman&Home short fiction contest, in 2010 she won the Marple Humorous Poetry Prize, in 2011 she was runner up in both the Strange Circle Fiction Contest and the Arthritis Care Creative Fiction Competition, and in 2012 she won the Swanezine poetry prize. Cathy co-edits the annual anthology Best of Manchester Poets, and her own collection, Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature was published in 2010.

So get your writing hats on and get those fingers moving. Good luck!

For more information on National Flash Fiction Day visit:

6 thoughts on “Bad Language Flash Fiction Competition

    • Open nationwide, but please be aware that one of the competition rules as stated above:

      The winners and runners-up will be announced on 1st May 2012 and the winning entrants must be available to read at a special event on 16th May 2012.

    • We are running performance workshops in collaboration with For Books’ Sake, so if you do have a fear of performing live and are lucky enough to be shortlisted then you might benefit from going to the workshops.

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