48 Hour Flash Fiction 2018

Flash Fiction

Challenge date


Registration closes on the 5th of April 2018.

SCI-FI-LONDON and Urbanfantasist.com present our 2018 short story competition, the 48-hour Flash Fiction Challenge.

On Saturday 7th April 2018 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/

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

Follow the action on Twitter: @scifilondon #SFL48hrFlash

How the challenges work

The deadline for submission is Monday 9th April, 2018 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

For the 2018 challenge we have very simple prizes, we do not have a big cash prize from a sponsor - but you are doing this for the kudos... right?

However, as well as a goodie bag full of... goodies... from the festival, we are going to publish an anthology of the past winners and this year’s amazing stories.   We are also going to do audio recordings of our favourites and this year’s winner.  

Challenge Jury

charles christian

Charles Christian


curates the Urban Fantasist website and hosts the Weird Tales Radio Show podcast series. A journalist and blogger, he is the author of the best selling creative writing guide Creating Imaginary Worlds: The 12 Rules

Dr Una McCormack

New York Times bestselling author of science fiction, an academic, and Co-Director of the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Marie O’Regan

British Fantasy Award-nominated author and editor, and the co-chair of the Horror Writers Association’s UK Chapter

Jonathan Pinnock

author of several books, including the novel Mrs Darcy Versus the Aliens, and the short story collections Dot Dash and Dip Flash