The Potteries Prize

The Potteries Prize for Flash Fiction 2019!

We’re thrilled to announce the Potteries Prize for Flash Fiction competition in conjunction with Stoke-on-Trent Libraries is happening again this year. You have until midnight on 17th August to send us your Flash Fiction of 100 – 350 words. This year we have NEW categories that successful entrants will be placed in: Best Staffordshire based story, Most beautiful use of language, Most compelling character or voice and Funniest story.

Entry guidelines

  • Submissions will only be considered from writers who currently live, or work, or study, or are a member of a writers’ group in Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire.
  • There is no charge for submissions.
  • A maximum of one story per person may be submitted.
  • Entries must not have been previously published in print or online or won a prize.
  • Authors must be 16 or over at the time of the event.
  • Poetry and children’s fiction will not be accepted.
  • Stories must be suitable for reading at a family event, so please be mindful of language or themes that could offend or be unsuitable.
  • Stories must be between 100 and 350 words (excluding the title).
  • Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be written in English for adult readers.
  • Submissions must be received by the end of Saturday 17th August 2019.
  • Stories can be submitted by email to thewritingkiln@gmail.com or directly to the city library, for the attention of Emma George, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3RS.
  • Although submissions are judged ‘blind’, no relatives of the Potteries Prize organiser, administrator or judges may submit.
  • Winners and Runners Up will have their stories shared on the Potteries Prize website. Authors retain copyright.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

How to Submit

Our submissions process ensures that our judges select the shortlisted and winning stories without knowing the names of the authors.

This is how to submit your stories –

  • Please read the rules above before submitting.
  • Email your stories to thewritingkiln@gmail.com or post / hand deliver to City Library.
  • If you are emailing your story, attach the story as a Word document (.doc) or type it into the body of the email.
  • For all submissions, include the title of your story and the word count.
  • For all submissions, include your name, address, email, phone number, the title of your story (for cross referencing), and your connection with Stoke-on-Trent / Staffordshire if it is other than where you live.
  • You will be contacted by the end of September if your story makes the shortlist, or is runner up or winner. These results will be made available on the Potteries Prize website page and we will hold a prize giving event at the City Library, Hanley on November 16th.

These are our wonderful shortlisted stories from last year, still available to read here.

Most entertaining story

First place: ‘A Haunting’ by Lisa Culligan

Second place: ‘Love is…’ by Sam Palmer

Third place: ‘Baubles’ by Michelle Richardson

Highly Commended (in no particular order): ‘Countdown to Nothing’ by Jan Edwards

‘From Tunstall to Australia in five minutes’ by Mary Lewis

‘The Glory Hole’ by Gill Evans

Most beautiful use of language

First place: ‘A Story of the Bird People’ by Jacoby Hayward (overall winner)

Second place: ‘Wonderland’ by Dave Proudlove

Third place: ‘ The Mermaids Pool’ by Alison Hill

Highly Commended (in no particular order): ‘Sankofa’ by Jason Smith

‘Eternal Connection Dot Com’ by Dan Weatherer

‘Green Fire’ by Iona Eyre

Best character/ voice

First place: ‘Second Chance’ by Mary Bennett

Second place: ‘Pride of Place’ by Dawn Lacey

Third place: ‘The Lighthouse Wives’ by June Palmer

Highly Commended (in no particular order): ‘The Diamond’ by Whitney Bryan

‘Crime, Punishment and the Idiot’ by Craig Walker

‘Driving Lesson’ by Alex Harford

Best line

First place: ‘The Cat came back’ by Beryl Crawford (last line)

Second place: ‘Soul Music’ by Jacqueline Diffey (first line)

Third place: ‘There came a Viking riding on a Sunbeam’ by Francis Lloyd (title)