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Flash 500’s Novel Opening and Synopsis Competition

31 October 2024

Flash Fiction Competition

Welcome to Flash 500’s Novel Opening and Synopsis competition!

Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapters? Can you put together a compelling synopsis? Yes? Then why not enter Flash 500’s Novel Opening competition and have your work judged by Headline Publishing?

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First: £500
  • Second: £200

Flash500 is looking for a novel opening up to 3 000 words, plus a synopsis of the story (max 750 words) to be submitted together in a single file. If your first chapter is longer than 3 000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3 000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.

Entry fee: £10 for one novel, £18 for two novels, £26 for three novels

Optional critique of Entry and Synopsis: £35 per story

This is an annual competition and entries close 31st October 2024. Published, self-published and unpublished novelists are welcome to enter. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.

Click here to submit your novels.

Click here for more information regarding the rules.


31 October 2024
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Flash 500
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