Writing contest

Writing Contest ‘Betrayal’ is now closed.

Entrants can expect to hear from us soon with regard to the shortlist and winners will be announced shortly after via our e-newsletter.

Our next contest will go live from the 1st October, so please come back soon to check out the new rules.



Welcome to Striking 13’s writing contest. In a change from last time, we are now charging US$2 per entry. This money will go towards an increased prize pool and, if there’s any left over, to paying writers to review books for S13.

We hope our flash fiction contest will help all aspiring authors to stay motivated, give you a chance to showcase your skills and, if nothing else, perhaps break the monotony of another day.

We encourage you to be as liberal as you like with the theme, please feel free to surprise us.

The basics:

  • $2 entry
  • Three Amazon voucher prizes, for the top 3 entries ($100, $30, $20)
  • Winners will be published on this site
  • Max 513 words
  • Theme is ‘betrayal’
  • Entries close 31 July 2017
  • One entry per person
  • Shortlisted authors will get free entry into the next contest



Your Name (required)

E-mail address (required)

Story title

Please attach your story (title as file name, no identifying details in document):

 *I confirm that the work I am submitting is my own, or that I have the author's permission to do so.

 *I have read the terms and conditions (they're listed below).

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Entry Terms and Conditions

By entering the Striking 13 flash fiction contest, you agree to the following terms and conditions. Any entries that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

1. Entries close 7.59pm GMT 31 July 2017.

2. The theme is ‘betrayal’.

3. The word limit is 513 maximum (this does not include your title).

4. Entry is online only. Attach your story as a Word document (.doc[x]) or PDF file to the entry form, with the title of the story as the file name.

5. Your attached document must not include your name, e-mail address or any other way to identify you, other than the title of your story.

6. There is age barrier or any geographical restriction to entry, but each author may only submit one story.

7. The story must be your own unpublished work. If your story is published elsewhere before the deadline, please inform us by e-mailing contest@striking13.com.

8. Prizes for this contest are as follows:
– First place: US$100 Amazon voucher
– Second place: US$30 Amazon voucher
– Third place: US$20 Amazon voucher

All three winning stories will also be published on the Striking 13 website.

(Vouchers will also be available for Amazon.co.uk should that be a better fit. Value will be amended accordingly. We’ll sort this out with the winners once the time comes.)

9. By entering a contest on the Striking 13 website, you give permission to Striking 13 to publish your work online. Should your story win, we would appreciate it if you didn’t post your story anywhere online for 30 days following our announcement.

10. The winning voucher code will be sent to the e-mail address provided when you enter.

11. The judges’ decisions are final.