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The Reflex Fiction flash fiction contest is always open for entries. Below you’ll find the important dates for the flash fiction contest that’s currently open for entries. Entries must be received before midnight UK time at the end of the closing date shown. Entries that miss the deadline will roll over to the next competition.

Reflex Fiction is more than a flash fiction contest. We also publish one story every day as we count down to the winner of each contest. Below you’ll find our publishing schedule including dates when the long-listed stories and winners will be published.

Flash Fiction Contest Schedule - Reflex Fiction - Autumn

Winter 2017 – Open for Entries

Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third
(approx. $1,290, $645, $325)

Entry Fee: £7 / $9 / €9
Judge: Shasta Grant


  • Entries close: November 30, 2017
  • Judging: December, 2017
  • Long-list announced: January 1, 2018
  • Winner published: March 31, 2018

After the long-list has been announced, we’ll publish one story each day culminating in the publication of the winning stories at the end of March.

Autumn 2017 – Counting Down to Winners

(Entries closed on August 31, 2017 | Prizes = £1,000 / £500 / £250 | Judge: Tim Stevenson)

The Autumn 2017 Long-list was published on October 1, 2017. We are now publishing one story every day as we count down to the publication of the winning stories at the end of December. Here’s the Autumn 2017 publishing schedule:

  • October 1–November 23: Some of our favourite stories that just missed the long-list
  • November 24–December 28: Non-winning long-listed stories
  • December 29: Third place story
  • December 30: Second place story
  • December 31: First place story & Judge’s report

Read the stories published so far


Spring 2018 – Opening Soon

  • Entries open: December 1, 2017
  • Entries close: February, 2018
  • Long-list announced: April 1, 2018
  • Winner published: June 30, 2018

Picture: Calendar* by Dafne Cholet under CC BY 2.0