48 Hour Flash Fiction 2017

SCI-FI-LONDON Flash Fiction challenge

Challenge date


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

Good luck to everyone taking part in this weekend's 48hr Challenge, over 2000 writers and 300 filmmaking teams are creating original science fiction right now!  We will have the shortlists and winners here soon!  For now, follow the action on Twitter @scifilondon #SFL48HR and #SFL48HRFLASH

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.  You can be anywhere in the world but entries must be in English.

  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.

Other things you may be curious about should be covered in our FAQ - http://48hour.sci-fi-london.com/frequently-asked-questions

The Prizes

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

Challenge Jury

Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan

Pat is an American science fiction author, whose work is most often identified with the cyberpunk movement.

Mike Carey

Mike is a British author known for comics like X-men, and 2000AD. He recently had his novel GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS releasesd as a feature film

Marcus Gipps, Gollancz

Marcus Gipps

Marcus is a commissioning editor at Gollancz, part of the Orion Publishing Group. He specialises in science fiction, fantasy and a bit of horror.