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The Failing Writers Podcast 3rd Annual Writing Contest, in association with Scrivener

We are The Failing Writers Podcast. So, for this year's flash fiction writing contest we thought it would be apt to go with "Failing" as the theme!

As well as our biggest ever prize of £500 the winner will have their story turned into a piece of audio drama by a team of professional voice actors and broadcast on this very podcast.

Plus, we’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Scrivener to give away free copies of their amazing writing software as runners-up prizes.

So, what do you have to do to win this £500 prize? Just write a brilliant, inspiring story around the theme of "Failing" in 500 words (or 499 words, or 498 words, or 497 words, or 496 words... well, you get the idea. 500 words or less) AND don't forget to include the mandatory special phrase.

To hear the phrase you need to weave into your story, just listen to episode 14 of season 3. Then all you need to do is write your fantastic flash fiction story and email it to by 9am (UK time) on Friday 29th September 2023. Anything we receive after that time will be printed off and set fire to, before putting it right at the bottom of the bin. Which is quite a bit of faff. So, please, don't miss the deadline!

Good luck!!

Full terms, conditions and entry requirements are below so please make sure you read them first as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on a technicality.

Lots of love

The Failing Writers

Terms & Conditions


Entry is open to any writer worldwide over the age of 18 and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. One entry per entrant.

Free to enter.

There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary. But if you wish to donate to the podcast, you can do via the Ko-fi link at


Entries must be emailed to by 09:00 (UK time) on Friday 29th September in pdf, doc, docx or txt formats. Please include a front page stating your name, country, daytime telephone number and email address. Please also state story title and word count. Maximum word count 500 words (excluding title). All other specific entry requirements can be found in Episode 14 – Season 3 of the podcast available from Monday 4th September at


Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely for the purpose of contacting the winners and will not be disclosed to a third party. Winners will be announced on our social channels including publishing the name and country of location of the winner.

Competition Judging

Judges will assess entries on originality, creativity, characterisation and readability. Their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.


Winners will be revealed on Monday October 16th. The Failing Writers Podcast retain the right to publish winning entries in the podcast and in online posts (including on and all social media channels) which shall remain freely available online indefinitely. We also reserve the right to publish winning entries in an anthology at an unspecified future date either in print or online. Entrants retain copyright in their work.



The main prize of £500 shall be paid in pounds sterling via Paypal within 2 weeks of the winner being revealed. Two Runner-up prizes of codes to unlock a copy of Scrivener will be sent out by e-mail,. within 2 weeks.


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