Flash Fiction

For Students


A Young Man with a Notebook

As part of the 16th International Conference on the Short Story in English, we are inviting students to submit their best flash fiction on the conference theme of Diversity of Voices: A Global Storytelling History.

Please note that this contest is open to students currently enrolled in designated classrooms in Singapore.

At a Glance

Student writers are welcome to interpret the theme in any way, including but not limited to the following:

  • Diversity in stories and voices

  • Diversity in culture, place and tradition

  • Stories about the globe and/the planet

  • Identities

  • Youth cultures

  • Re-tellings of myths/legends/fairytales

  • Stories about travel and friendship

  • Place, history and storytelling

  • Personal and familial histories

Submissions open: 1 December 2022

Deadline: 1 April 2023


Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Prize-winners will also each receive free admission to the Conference and a pass to one conference workshop of their choice. Their flash fiction entries will be published on the Conference website.

All specially commended entries will also be published on the Conference website.

**Note: Students do not need to attend the conference to enter the contest**

Submission Guidelines

  • This competition is open to all students between 13 and 19 at secondary schools, junior colleges, international schools and polytechnics in Singapore. 

  • Entries should be an unpublished, original and creative piece of fiction of between 150 and 500 words in length.

  • Participants may only submit one entry. 

  • Entries should be in English.

  • Entries must not have been previously published online (includes personal blogs, etc.) or in print.

  • The Conference reserves the right to utilize stories in support of the Society or Conference in any way deemed appropriate.

  • Writers retain copyright to their works, and after the Conference, are free to have their stories published elsewhere.

  • The organizers reserve the right not to award the prizes if, in their opinion, such action is justified for any reason.


How to Submit

  • To submit your flash fiction, send an email with your entry attached to icsseflashfiction@nie.edu.sg

  • Subject of the email: Flash Fiction Competition 2022

  • Include your name, school, contact details and title of work in the body of the email.

  • Attached a copy(JPG) of your student ID together with your entry.

  • Your attachment must not bear any identifying information in the text or file name, and should be in word doc, docx, or .rt formats.