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The Bandit Flash Fiction Award is our way of creating an accessible literary award for all, as well as offering writers an additional chance to be published, and the opportunity to win a little bit of money. Below you'll find all the rules and submission information, as well as big banners telling you when submissions open and close.
Important things to remember:
For anyone wanting to get a better idea of the sorts of things our judges like, why not pick up one of our previous issues? That said, please don't write to be successful, write because it's a story you want to tell.
If, after reading all the rules and guidance, you've still got questions, just send us a message.
We'll be announcing the shortlisted stories and the winner through our Twitter and blog only, so if you want to find out how you've done, you'll have to keep an eye on those accounts.
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Less than 1000 words, more than 1
Nope, we want only unpublished stories
Go crazy - just let us know if the story is accepted elsewhere first
There's no real limit, but please, nothing excessive
Yes - please don't put your name on your story (including the document title). We want to judge a story on its merits alone
A word document, please - something where we can actually check the word count
Our judges only speak English, so English submissions only
We're open to entries 20th November to 20th April, both GMT*
*So an entry made at 11:00pm, 20th April, in New York would be ineligible
Nothing defamatory. Swear words and graphic content are permitted
Submissions that break these rules won't be read. In fact, we'll just delete them. (That includes submissions that come in before/after the award is open for subs). That might seem harsh, but realistically, we're not asking for much, and it's all in your best interest.
Please send all submissions to - email@example.com
The only thing we want you to include in your email is contact information, but only if you'll not be using the address you sent your submission from in the future.
Along with announcing the shortlist, we'll also be launching the anthology - 10 works of flash fiction, including the eventual winner - on 8th May
If you'd like semi-regular updates about what we do sent straight to your email address, then just sign up and we'll keep you informed.