Fortnight Flash Fiction

Complete a finished story and have it evaluated by your fellow writers every two weeks.

    Flash fiction may be short but it has all the elements of a story:
  • plot
  • conflict
  • setting
  • characterization and
  • even world-building.
  • Hone your writing toolbox by writing these short works of fiction.

Fortnight Flash Fiction is an ongoing contest run by SavvyAuthors every two weeks. With built-in accountability, write and finish a story and have it evaluated by your peers. Join us for this hands-on learning opportunity.

You will write, learn, and even score winner's trophies and participation medals!

Register now for the next contest!

Vote for the Flash Fiction Story you love best!

Flash fiction is typically short fiction anywhere from a handful to 1,000 words-ish. It's a soft defintion that depends on the publisher or writer. We have defined it as 1,000 words or less. Definitely no more than 1,000 words. If you write more, cut them. The challenge is can you hone your writing skills so much that you can create a full story with a clear plot and conflict set in a compelling milieu with sympathetic characters in 4 pages (250 words each) or less.

Like the French mathematician Blaise Pascal said in 1657:

I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter.

Writing well-crafted short fiction is HARD. But we know you can do it. And we know how these short works help hone your writing for longer works. Using concise and evocative words and expertly crafting the structure you can tell a great story in just a few words. No, really you can!

Don't miss this great chance to have fun while you hone your skills!

Still have questions about Fortnight Flash Fiction? Contact us!

How this works

We run the contest every two weeks!

You register for the contest based on the your preferred start date.

On the Monday when the contest starts, you log in and read the prompt. For the rest of the week, you write your flash story. If you have questions, you can ask your fellow contestants in the dedicated contest forums and ask us as well.

On Sunday before Midnight, you post your story ANONYMOUSLY in the class forum. For the next week, we allow the registered members of SavvyAuthors to vote on the story they like best. Your story is NOT open to viewing by the general public but is open to viewing by all registered SavvyAuthors members. Nobody but the Savvy Crew will know who wrote which story.

Voting closes Friday at midnight and we announce the winning story and the winner's name on Saturday.

Still have questions about the Fortnight Flash Fiction? Take a look at the FAQ or Contact us!

YAY! You won!!<

  1. YOU get to pick the next prompt! You will have the weekend to noodle on this so we can post it the following Monday.
  2. You will get a special Fortnight Flash Fiction Winner's badge to display on your profile and anywhere else you want proudly!
  3. You will get 5 points on the Fortnight Flash Fiction Leaderboard!
  4. We'll show rankings of your accumulated points on our Flash Fiction Leaderboard
  5. Most importantly you will learn the writing skills that only come from completed stories. You will move your story forward and have fun while you write!
  6. Still have questions about the Fortnight Flash Fiction? Take a look at the FAQ or Contact us!

Flash Fiction Resources?

There is a lot of good information out there to help you craft your Flash story. The list below is not at all comprehensive so definitely look for more good information of your own!

And our own Peter Andrews regularly teaches Flash Fiction classes here at SavvyAuthors so definitely follow him for his next class!

Still have questions about the Fortnight Flash Fiction? Take a look at the FAQ or Contact us!

  • Published
    Jun 24, 2023
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