The Casket of Fictional Delights runs an annual Flash Fiction Competition. The competition coincides with Get Creative, a nationwide series of events celebrating and supporting everyday creativity. The 2017 Flash Fiction Competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition, we have been encouraged and overwhelmed by the response.

The 2017 LONGLIST Announced

Delighted to announce the following entries are on the Longlist.  Congratulations to all the writers. 

The Bench
I hate Sundays
Mam and She Worries
To See a Star
Finding my Caviteno family
Heavyweight Dreams
Aysha’s Secret
Nasi Goreng Tango
Famous Famous Popiah
Lipstick on Rye
The replacement
One Last Ride in his Jeepney
Not Running
A Teepee of Toast
In Loco Parentis
Hunger that can’t be Undone
Theatre Blues
A Womb of One’s Own
Marianne Makes Tea
The Ties that Bind
Checkout Girl
Coffee and Kafka
Poisoned Outlook
Birthday Party
Kala Pani
All Things Being Equal
My Skin Smells of Biscuits

The 2017 judge is award-winning writer Kit De Waal.

The winners will be announced in September. 


  • The winning flash fiction receives a £150 prize.
  • The top three flash fictions will be published on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
  • The top 10 flash fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast as a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher.

What makes a good read?

2017 Judge Kit de Waal explains what she looks for in a flash fiction

I am looking for a whole story that gives me depth and breadth, a beginning, a middle and an end but, just like a novel, not necessarily in that order! I’m looking for a turn in the story, something that propels it forward, maybe something unsettling or surprising but I don’t like gimmicks and tricks, I’m not keen on a rabbit out of the hat. For me, flash fiction has a sense of slow burn, something that will resonate with you long after the last word is read.

Next year’s dates announced

2018 Flash Fiction Competition launches 17th March 2018 and runs to 31st May 2018.