48 Hour Flash Fiction 2017

SCI-FI-LONDON Flash Fiction challenge

Challenge date

8.04.2017

NEW SCIENTIST have partnered with SCI-FI-LONDON and Urbanfantasist.com for our 2017 short story competition, the 48-hour Flash Fiction Challenge.

On Saturday 8 April 2017 at 11am, we task you to write some original science fiction using elements we give you.   Your story should not exceed 2000 words and you only have 48 hours: the best story we receive will be published on New Scientist's website and the author will receive £500 and a VIP pass to this year's festival which runs in London from 27 April to 6 May 2017.  

So, sharpen that pencil, prep the word processor or prime your fav' dictationware and get ready to write. 

For a little inspiration here are last year's shortlisted entries and the WINNER OF THE 2016 CHALLENGE UNDERFLOW by David Shafran

Well done to everyone who took part.

Follow the action on Twitter @scifilondon #SFL48hrFlash

How it works:

Entry is free and open to anyone who writes or would like to dip a toe in the literary water. The story must not exceed 2000 words and be written in the time allocated.

  1. Create an account
  2. Register for this challenge

On Saturday 8th April 2017 (11am), login back in and click on My account.

You will find the elements you need to use.

These include:

  • The TITLE for your story
  • A piece of DIALOGUE that must be incorporated somewhere into the story
  • An optional scientific idea or theme

Easy...half your work is done! You then have 48 hours to write your story.

The deadline for submission is Monday 10th April, 2017 at 1:00pm via a PDF sent as an email attachment to 48hrflash@sci-fi-london.com.

The Prizes

£500 cash prize and publication on the New Scientist Website!