We now have entry closing dates for reasons explained here. This page simply remains to give a historical context to the development of our Award.
There is an aspect to Bath Flash Fiction Award which sets us aside from any other writing competition. Namely, our deadline date. We don’t have one. Our award closes when we have one thousand entries.
In most writing competitions with deadline dates and big prizes, a large percentage of entries – often more than 50% – arrive during the last two weeks of the entry period. Knowing the deadline in advance means writers tend to wait several months after the competition opens before sending in a submission. We thought it would be interesting to try something different. We want to give entrants ownership of the deadline. “When is the deadline?” becomes “Is my piece ready?”