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First place award: £100 & Publication for 8 shortlisted stories

Deadlines: Entries close – 31st January, 2011. Winners announced – 4th April, 2011.

Competition Guidelines:

Stories must be previously unpublished (and must not be available on any blogs or publicly accessible online repositories).

Stories must be the sole work of the entrant.

Stories must be 750 words or less.

Entry is free.

Only one submission can be made per entrant.

Only online submissions are acceptable. Entries should be emailed to flashprize@african-writing.com as an attachment in the .doc or .rtf format with ‘Flash Contest’ in the subject line.

The email must contain the entrant’s name, the title of story, and the entrant’s physical address and contact phone number.

Please do NOT include your name on your story. Neither the story nor the name of the attachment should include a reference to the writer’s name.

Simultaneous submissions are NOT acceptable.

The first round of judging will be by African Writing’s editorial group, which will forward 30 long-listed stories to the competition judge.

The judge will select a shortlist of 8 stories for publication and an overall winner of the £100 prize.

The theme of the competition is open.

There are no ethnic, racial or geographical restrictions on writers, but submissions must be in English.

Licensing: copyright retained by all writers. Short-listed entries are exclusively licensed to African Writing magazine in all formats for 12 months from 4th April, 2011; The licence becomes non-exclusive after 12 months.

Employees and affiliates of African Writing are ineligible for this contest. Writers with a strong personal or professional relationship with the competition judge are requested not to submit for reasons of transparency.

Good luck!

For more details, visit the African-writing website.