24 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge

24 Hour Flash Fiction

SCI-FI-LONDON and UrbanFantasist.com are setting you an exciting new challenge during the festival: a 24 hour flash fiction competition on a sci-fi or fantasy theme.

Each year we run a 48hr film challenge, where we give the teams a TITLE, line of DIALOGUE and a few other things to base their film on. We thought it might be fun to see if we can get some literature from the same details.

How it will work

Entry is free and open to anyone who writes or would like to dip a toe in the literary water. The story must be no more than 1000 words (excluding title and author’s name and contact details).

Initially, entrants must come to the foyer of the Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, 19 Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR and collect (by picking from three lucky dip bags) three slips of paper.

On the first slip will be the TITLE to be used, on the second slip, a piece of DIALOGUE that must be incorporated somewhere into the story and on the third slip will be the THEME for the story. Easy! Half your work is done!

You can collect your slips from 5:30pm on WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY. You then have 24 hours to write your story.

The deadline for submission is THURSDAY 3rd MAY at 8:00pm via a PDF sent as an email attachment to charles@charles-christian.com


The Flash Fiction submissions will then be judged by a panel comprising:

  • James Kingsland, Science Production Editor, The Guardian;
  • Tom Hunter, Administrator of the Arthur C Clarke Award, SF blogger and promoter;
  • Kim Lakin-Smith, SF and dark fantasy writer, obsessed with hotrods, steampunk, urban dystopias and dirty rock 'n' roll.

The panel is chaired by Charles Christian, SF&F writer and founder of UrbanFantasist.com - the webzine for SF&F fans.

The winner

The winner will be announced on the SCI-FI-LONDON closing day, Monday 7th May, and will receive a sumptuous SCI-FI-LONDON goodie bag. The winning story will also be published on the SCI-FI-LONDON and UrbanFantastist.com websites (and be tweeted and promoted by both sites through all the usual social media).

This is your chance to join in the fun, be published and win a prize! Have a look at UrbanFantasist.com for recently published examples of flash fiction in their regular TFi Flash Fiction section.


Apollo Piccadilly Circus

Screening Times

5:30pm - Wed, 2nd May 2012