The Battle of the Bards Flash Fiction Writing Contest


Kimberly Kincaid’s artwork has been specially selected for this occasion in memory of her. Kim has been always very supportive of Mark and this site, she kindly helped judging our art contest last year and let me interview her during the same time. Her wonderful art inspired many and I consider myself lucky to have been able to call her a friend. The artwork was created into a banner for this contest by Pen Astridge.


This post is to announce a flash-fiction writing contest, where you can win a signed (and/or dedicated) book by the following authors: Mark Lawrence, John Gwynne, Sebastien de Castell, Miles Cameron, Nicholas Eames and Josiah Bancroft, with six titles being randomly allocated among the best three entries.


The Rules:

Submit your entry, which is no longer than 300 words (without title)  and features the words ‘day’ and ‘night’, below.

The competition closes on 17th July 2017.  All entries will be posted HERE.



Judges of this competition are as follows:









This is an international competition, open to everyone.

Please note: You won’t receive an automated email notification after submitting your entry. I will upload it onto the site as soon as I will have the time, which might be straight away, but might be just hours later or even the next day. If I have any questions or concerns regarding your entry I will email you. Please don’t re-submit your entry, unless it doesn’t appear on the site within 48 hours after submitting it.

Please don’t worry about any formatting related differences, they don’t always show properly due to technical issues. They will not affect the judging.

As usual, the shortlisted entries will receive feedback from the judges.

Very best of luck, everyone! – Agnes.

Art by Kimberly Kincaid, banner by Pen Astridge



The Battle of the Bards Writing Contest is now closed. Thank you very much for the many great submissions!

We are currently working on putting together a short list from the best entries.

In the meantime you can check out all of them HERE and do let us know if you have any favourites!

  14 comments for “The Battle of the Bards Flash Fiction Writing Contest

  1. June 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Reblogged this on J P Ashman and commented:
    I might just type a few words for this. The first in months…

    Liked by 3 people

  2. June 25, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I’ve been waiting for another crack at this! Hooray!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. June 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Michael Everest and commented:
    Some fantastic talent on display here – and a good chance to test your mettle in a simple but skies-the-limit flash fiction contest!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Adam Weller
    June 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    This is my first time sharing anything I’ve written with the world. Nervous & excited. Good luck to everyone

    Liked by 2 people

    • Gerald Doraine
      July 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      I think you’ve done well.


      • Adam Weller
        July 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm

        Thank you so much for reading!!


  5. Will Hiles
    July 1, 2017 at 6:33 am

    This is a great contest that I was fortunate enough to win last year. Wish everyone much luck! Looking forward to reading this year’s entries.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. July 4, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Reblogged this on Hatboy's Hatstand and commented:
    Giving this a reblog, since I figured I might as well throw 299 words at the wall and see if they stick.


  7. July 4, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Reblogged on Hatboy’s Hatstand.

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 4, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Oops, didn’t realise my actual reblog would generate a comment. Classic clueless Hatboy!


  8. October 11, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Are you planning on doing this again? Thanks in advance.


    • Mitriel Faywood
      October 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

      No, sorry, not any time soon.


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