1st Prize: £500 / US$800*
The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship paperback anthology to be printed by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Hull in 2013. (Please note we cannot fund travel costs to and from the awards.)
Our 2010 Flash Fiction competition opens on 31st October 2012 and
closes at midnight (GMT) on 30th June 2013. Any stories submitted
after the deadline will not be eligible for entry.
Short story entries should not exceed 1500 words.
The short story competition is open to writers of any nationality
writing in English. There is no restriction on theme or style.
Entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
You can enter on-line, or by post. No entry form is required. If you
enter by post please include your name and address on a separate sheet
of paper along with the title of your story entry.
You can enter as many times as you like. One story per entry fee.
Please do not put your name on your story. All judging is done
anonymously. Stories with names on them will be disqualified.
Stories cannot be altered after entry.
The ten winning stories must be available for the anthology and,
therefore, must not have been published previously in any form. If
enter your story in other competitions and you win, please notify us
and withdraw your submission. Where work is withdrawn, entry fees will
not be refunded.
Copyright returns to the author one year after publication. Entrants
are deemed to grant us exclusive worldwide licence over each entry
submitted for one year after publication, and for publicity purposes
thereafter. Selected pieces may appear in electronic format on the
Lightship website, or in other electronic forms.
Please note that notification of receipt of entry will come from your
payment processor (Paypal) and that no correspondence will be entered
into once you have submitted your work.
Entries will not be returned under any circumstances.
The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence or discussion will be
We reserve the right to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable
grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules.
We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or
disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition.
We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation
in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered on this
site is secure.
The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any
dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of
England and Wales.
We reserve the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary
to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. Any changes to
the Rules will be posted on the Lightship website.
We reserve the right to not award the first prize, and to cancel the
publication of the anthology, where circumstances are beyond our
control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of
entries is not up to the required standard for publication. In the
unlikely event of the competition being cancelled, entry fees will be
Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these Rules.
On-line entry costs £10.00
On-line entries will only be accepted if entered through our website. Please do not send your stories as email attachments.
Do not put your name on your story, please. Your story is will be automatically linked to your name when you enter through the website. The cost of an on-line entry is fixed at £10.00 Sterling. Conversion to your local currency will be done automatically by your credit card company, according to the exchange rate at that time. Postal entry costs £12.00. To enter by post, please include entry fee and story in the same envelope. Cheques payable to Lightship Publishing Ltd. Please note that cheques must be made out in the currency of the country from which they are sent, to the full value of the fee, or the entry will be deemed null and void. Receipt of entry will be sent by email only so please provide an email address. Stories will not be returned.
Post to: Lightship Publishing Ltd, Meredith Building, 21-33 Reform Street, Hull HU2 8EF, United Kingdom.
*subject to exchange rate