CLOSED – Monday 22nd June
Flash fiction is the art of telling short, powerful stories. In celebration of National Flash Fiction day on the 27th June, we’re inviting writers to share their flash fiction with us.
The Great Escape features genre fiction, with an emphasis on escapism. Other than this, there is no specific theme or special requirements for this competition; we want to hear the stories you want to tell.
You can take a look at the fiction previously published on the site to give you an idea of the types of stories we share.
Email entries to [email protected] and include the name you would like to be credited under.
As a thank you for taking part in our Flash Fic celebration, all entrants will receive an ebook copy of our first anthology, Great Escapes Vol 1.
Selected entries will be featured on The Great Escape Website on National Flash Fiction Day on Saturday 27th June, and may also be offered the opportunity to feature in our next print / ebook anthology.
Our normal terms and conditions apply. See below for details.
CLOSED – 30th May 2013 (EXTENDED from 26th April)
To celebrate the release of Great Escapes | Volume 1, and our first public screening of Gabriel Cushing vs the Zombie Vampires, at Cardiff Comic Expo on 2nd March 2013, we invited writers to submit stories from the convention scene.
Rules of Engagement by Andrew Campbell-Kearsey
1st prize – Publication on the website and in Great Escapes | Volume 2 (Date TBC). Plus a £10 cash prize!
CLOSED – 12th October 2012
Are you team Micro Fiction or team Poetry? We waged a battle of the short form literature which was won by Team Micro Fiction at a score of 16 to 12! Entrants submitted micro fiction and poetry no longer than 150 words on the theme of “Escape”.
Micro Fiction Winner
The Incident of the Crow through the Window, by Teagan Jackel
Drive, by Rich Mather
Laura Huntley, Andrew Campbell-Kearsey, Thomas D. Webster, Rebecca J. Crompton and Cathy Bryant.
CLOSED – 28th May 2012
Stories can be brought to life with pictures. We’re looking for budding artists who can capture the essence of a short story in a visual medium. You can choose any of the stories or poems previously published on the site.
Kat for her illustration, Sad Umbrella, inspired by fifty word story Umbrella:
1st Prize – £10 Amazon gift vouchers* and publication both on the website and in The Great Escape’s first print anthology†.
CLOSED – 6th February 2012
We’re looking for romance this spring. Send us a short story of no more than 1,500 words, including both of the following:
Matthew Fewford, for his story Paths.
1st Prize – £10 Amazon gift voucher* and publication on the website, plus the chance to have the story appear in The Great Escape’s first print anthology†, to be released in 2012.
CLOSED – 25th November 2011.
We challenge you to submit a Christmas (or other winter period festival) themed short story, not more than 1,500 words in length. It can be any genre but it must include both of the following:
Christopher M. Geeson, for his story One Corpse Too Merry.
1st Place – £10 Amazon gift voucher and publication of their story on the website, plus the chance to have the story appear in The Great Escape’s first print anthology, to be released in autumn 2012†.