There are many flash fiction, micro fiction, and short short fiction writing competitions, from just six words right up to 2000. These writing contests are a life blood for new and emerging writers looking to build their craft and get recognition. Stories of fewer that 2000 words are hugely popular with readers. And, in a world where time is short, what could be better than a nibble of very short stories?
If you are looking to enter and win flash fiction contests, perhaps the most important question for writers is – what’s the word count?
In this article, we will run through the best 2022 Flash Fiction contests available to meet your word count.
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What is a Flash Fiction contest?
Flash Fiction contests allow writers and creatives to make a big impact with a relatively short number of words. Flash Fiction can range from as many as 2000 words right down to only 6 words, and any word count in between. No matter what the word count, the aim of a flash fiction contest remains to tell a story, with a beginning, middle, and end, interesting characters and stimulating action. Flash fiction is perfect for people
2022 Flash Fiction Contests – word counts
In a previous post, I found the most valuable flash fiction contest 2021 in cash terms. But, we writers are not just motivated by money (although it helps).
The most important drive is creativity. A story forms in your mind and on the page. Entering these micro fiction contests give us a way to share our thoughts with other – maybe even get some recognition.
But, every contest seems to have its own rules around word count. From six words up to 2000, there is a flash fiction competition for almost any length of tiny story. Here, I’ve tried to make it easy to discover them.
Write your story then find your 2022 flash fiction contest
There’s a risk that writing contests result in the tail wagging the dog. Rather than writing your best story, you end up bending to the needs of the contest you are aware of. You have an awesome story about happy piglets that comes in at 600 words, but the only contest you can find needs 1000. Next thing you know, you are padding out your story like a pig stuffing his face at the trough.
A better approach might be to write your story. Then, look for a contest that fits your word count. Now, you’re in charge.
It’s worth noting that most contests don’t have minimum word counts. But your competition will all be writing at or close to the word count capacity.
What’s the shortest 2022 flash fiction contest word count cap?
The shortest word count requirement contest I’m aware of is our own the Six Word Wonder contest, hosted by this site. You can enter FREE and win $100 for writing a mere six words! Now that sure is short.
Flash Fiction Contests with a word count cap of 100 words or less?
Next closest to the Six Word Wonder is the 50 Word Stories contest. This one is Canada-based, and offers a modest top prize of $10 Canadian.
There are several contests for submitting 100 words or less. The biggest of these is NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge with a $6,000 prize.
What’s the average word count length for 2022 flash fiction contests?
Across all the contests I’ve listed, the average word count is 629 words. Perhaps more useful, the median length is 500 words. If you are going to choose a target writing length for flash fiction, that 500 median might be the sweet spot.
Having said that, 1000 words is the most common contest length with 10 cash paying contests having a thousand word maximum. There are six contests at 500 words.
For the visual thinkers, here’s a scatter graph to show you the spread of contest types.
Full 2022 Flash Fiction Contest list – sorted by word count
Here’s the full list of flash fiction contests available in order of the word count requirement. All these contests pay a cash prize to the winner.
The list is sorted by word count. Simply scan down the list of list of contests to find the word count that fits your story.
Note that all prizes have been translated into dollars – you’ll need to check the individual websites to confirm all the terms and conditions and the currency of the prize.
As you can see, there are a vast choice of 2022 flash fiction contests available to suit many word counts, and a range of budgets. The great thing here is you can leverage one story for multiple competitions. One 1000 story to eight or nine separate contests – or why not cut it down to a higher 749 or 750?
Of course, if you’ve got a story that’s longer than 2000 words, you can look out for contests needing longer word counts!
I have a 2022 flash fiction contest I would like listed here!
I’d love this list to be comprehensive, but inevitably new contests come and go over time. If you have a flash fiction contest that pays a cash prize and you would like to be listed here, or for any corrections or updates, please contact me.
The information I need you to include in your request (note that if you have multiple contests, please list each contest separately:
- Contest name
- Link to the submission page
- Closing date for entries
- Entry fee (and currency)
- Maximum number of words allowed
- Prize for top winner (and currency)
- And other special information of genre / entry conditions etc
TL;DR 2022 Flash Fiction Contests
There are many short, short story contests available to enter for free or a relatively low entry fee. The most popular work count is 1000 words, and the range is from only six words up to two thousand words