Retreat West is all about reading and writing fiction. Learn with great authors on residential writing retreats and online courses; get published and paid in the competitions; and improve your skills with the courses and editorial reviews.

Our Author Members also get ongoing motivation and inspiration via email; discounts on the courses and retreats; free entries to the comps and free copies of the books we publish; a supportive online community; and priority booking when new courses are launched.

Retreat West Books publishes short story collections, novels and memoirs.

Themed Flash Competition: Earth

Deadline: 29th December 2019

Submit flash fiction stories on the theme up to 500 words (excluding title)

Do not include your name in the story

All entries are judged by Amanda Saint, novelist, short story writer and founder of Retreat West. The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes and have their stories published on the website.

You can read winning stories from previous competitions here.

Winner Prize: £200

Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100

Word count: Max 500

See full details on the website:


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Become a Retreat West Author Member to get entries to the flash competition included as part of your benefits, as well as loads of other great stuff to get you writing, submitting and published more often. Join our writing community here.

Submit your first chapter only (up to 3,500 words) plus novel title
Do not put your name in the document or on the entry title
See full competition details and rules here:

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions that ignore the rules and include prologues or more than one chapter will be automatically disqualified. 
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