TSS Publishing

Biffy Microfiction Contests

With the launch of BIFFY50, our Senior Editors are on the hunt for the best British and Irish Flash Fiction, between June 2018 and the end of May 2019.

We are keen to celebrate the excellence of Flash Fiction and will be running four microfiction competitions across the twelve months.

This season’s judge is Senior Editor Barbara Lovrić who has chosen the theme of dreams.

Judge’s Comments

Dreams… We all have them—some forgotten upon wakening; others indelible as memory. Are they the mind’s mechanism to resolve internal conflicts? A screenplay of our subconscious hopes and desires? A battleground for our worst fears? An alternative, viable reality? In 100 words or less, take me into the DREAM WORLD and captivate me with your discoveries. My own novel, THE CORN ROAD, is due out with Fairlight Books in 2019 – it’s a novel that plums the depths of the dreamscape. I loved researching and writing about this liminal space and am excited about what 100 word marvels of the mind you’ll create in this micro-comp.

Barbara Lovrić is an American expat living in County Kerry. A previous Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair winner, she was short-listed for the 2017 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and long listed for the 2017 Bare Fiction Prize. She has short work in The Fiction Pool, The Incubator, and Cabinet of Heed. Her debut novel, THE CORN ROAD, will be published in September 2019 by Fairlight Books. You can find out more by checking out her website here. She Tweets @BALovric


The Competition


OPEN: Monday 9th October – 15th October (MIDNIGHT U.K. time)

To enter:

  1. Send your story (max. 100 words, excluding title) in the body of an email, to microfiction@theshortstory.co.uk
  2. Provide a recommendation of a Flash Fiction (100-1000 words) written by an Irish or British author, published online after 1st June 2018, pasting the URL beneath your own flash fiction. Before subbing, please have a quick look at our guidelines here. Entrants should recommend the work of other writers, not their own please.
  3. Microfiction should be in English, the sole work of the author, and previously unpublished online or in print.
  4. A maximum of three entries are permitted. Please send each microfiction in a separate email and provide a new recommendation for every entry. 
  5. Entry is free and the best microfiction pieces will be published on this site and the overall winner will receive £75 (via PayPal).
  6. Please note this competition is the free Biffy50 Microfiction competition, not the TSS Flash 400 competition which you can read about here, if interested. 

This is an international competition, but please note that the recommendations MUST be written British or Irish writers (dual citizenship is accepted).

If you have any problems entering or sending your piece, please email info@theshortstory.co.uk