The Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award

the Rules


  • Entrants must be 18 years or over by 1 September 2019.

  • Entry to the International award is open to anyone over 18 years.

  • Entry to the Golden Hare award is restricted to anyone over 18 resident in Scotland.

  • Entries must be in the entrant’s own name/names, not pseudonymous. If successful, you can request that we use your nom de plume on anything we publish on the site.

  • Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.

  • Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 14 years is not eligible.

  • Simultaneous submission is permitted. Should your flash fiction win a prize or be published elsewhere, please let us know so that we may remove your entry from the current Award.

  • No refunds are issued.

  • Authors retain full worldwide copyright throughout.


  • Maximum length is 250 words, title excluded.

  • Entries should be typed in a plain legible font.

  • Entries will be read and judged anonymously. Do not put your name, address, email, telephone number or any personally identifying information on any page of your document.

  • If the piece has no title, then its first five words will be used as the title.

  • Acceptable file types are doc, docx, txt and pdf. Do not send .odt or ,pages as we may not be able to open them and will disqualify if we can’t.

  • The file name is up to you; we save it as FF001.docx, FF002.docx etc, anyway.


  • Entry is via the online form with attachment. We do not accept postal entries.

  • No corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received.

  • Entry is open from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 (midnight UK time)

  • There is no limit to the number of entries any single entrant may make.

  • Entries will be acknowledged.


  • The entry fee is £6 per story.

  • Submissions must be paid for via donation to the Flash Fiction Award Fund on the Charities Aid Foundation website. This page is administered through the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland.


  • Finalists in the 2020 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award will be notified in late 2019 (date will be updated later — come back and check).

  • The winner will receive:

  • Trophy commemorating the Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award Winner 2019

  • £600 cash award

  • The second and third placed pieces will win £300 and £150 cash respectively.

  • The shortlisted writers will be invited to participate in the Scottish Arts Club Flash Fiction Awards Dinner to be held in February 2020 at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh.

  • A dedicated page to promote your writing through our new website.

  • The announcement of the winner will be on our website, via Facebook, Twitter, and through our newsletter issued in early 2020.

  • The winner of the first £300 Golden Hare Award will be announced on 8 February 2020


  • Entry constitutes acceptance of all Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award Rules, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policies.

  • Entries that fail to comply with rules, terms and conditions, privacy policies and requirements will be disqualified.

  • No correspondence can be entered into, Judges’ decisions are final.