"Hemingway’s famous iceberg dictum: only show the top 10 percent of your story, and leave the other 90 percent below water to be conjured."  Grant Faulkner

Entries for the 2020 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award will be open from 1 July to 30 September.

The shortlist for the 2019 Flash Fiction Award will be announced in August.

The Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award is open to writers worldwide, published and unpublished, and for stories on any topic up to 250 words.  

Prizes for the 2020 award will include:

  • Trophy commemorating the Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award Winner 2019

  • First Prize £600, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £150

  • Invitation for seven flash fiction finalists to participate in the Edinburgh International Flash Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday 8 February 2020 at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh.

  • A dedicated page on our website for all finalists to promote their writing

  • The Scottish Arts Club will present one year free membership of the club to the main prizewinners. Explore the Club and its many affiliations in other cities Please note this offer does not apply to current or former members of the Scottish Arts Club.

  • Publication in our anthology will be offered to the authors of the top twenty flash fiction entries.

Author Sandra Ireland is the chief judge for the flash fiction competition. She is an award winning poet and accomplished author of 'Beneath the Skin' and 'Bone Deep' as well as the first winner of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. Sandra is assisted in the earlier rounds of the competition by a team of experienced readers.

The entry fee is £6 per story. Writers may enter as many times as they wish. All funds raised are used to support the arts in Scotland.