Deadline August 30th
This season we decided to run another Flash Fiction contest. With almost a thousand entrants in the spring, writing to a word limit of 1500, we read 1.5 million words. Pats on the back all round. The standard was amazing!
So, here’s what we’re thinking…
First Prize £800
2nd Prize £200
We’re going to condense things further too. When a massive star burns out, gravity takes over and reduces it to a one dimensional point of zero size. Okay, maybe not that far. 400 words, give or take a cheeky few.
And the theme is…
That’s right. We’re looking for your take on genius in 400 words – FICTION ONLY
Is there such a thing?
How do we define it?
What is the shadow side of genius?
Evil genius vs comic genius!
We won’t hold your imagination back…
Neither should you!
All contestants must be aged 18+
Write an original and entertaining piece of prose on the given theme of ‘Genius’
Hint – We’re looking for astounding objectivity, clever perspectives and a keen sense of awareness in a fun flash
All work must be based in the English language (please proofread carefully)
As stated, each entry must be approximately 400 words in length and authors may submit up to three entries
Attach entries as a Word or PDF file and email to: email@example.com
Put GENIUS in the subject line and add contact details (and optional bio) in the body of the email
When the entries are received and checked, we will send a PayPal request for the reading fee of £6
Second entry is £5, Third entry is £4
If the author is currently receiving state support, please send one piece of photographic evidence in favour of a fee waiver (available to the first 50 applicants)
We ask for one-time publication rights to display the winning piece, runner-up and three honourable mentions online
All other rights are retained by authors
The adjudicators’ decisions are final
Deadline Midnight August 30th 2021
Results announced on November 1st
Please address all correspondence and enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits’
- That guy above
THE PERISCOPE PRIZE:
WINNER SPRING 2021 ‘TIME’ CONTEST:
‘The First Photograph’ by Alek Gorbaty
HONOURABLE MENTIONS SPRING 2021:
‘In Search Of Murakami’
by Alicia Sometimes
‘The Perils Of Punctuality’
by Sharmila Shankarkumar
‘Personal Effects’ by Alexis Wolfe
‘Waiting For The Envelope’
by Deborah Huff-Horwood
WINNER 2020 OPEN CONTEST:
‘Nobody Knows How Much You Love Him’
by Dean Gessie
‘The Source’ by Michael Coleman
HONOURABLE MENTIONS 2020:
‘How To Deal With A Dark Smoke Offence’
by Will Kemp
‘Jackfruit and Jaggery’
by Dawn Sommerlad
‘The Confirmation Hat’ by Peggy Dowling
‘Cicadas’ by Dean Gessie
KEEP ON DREAMING
Copyright Periscope Literary 2021