Flash Fiction 400

The TSS International Flash Fiction Competitions, 2019

The TSS Flash 400 competition is now CLOSED as TSS moves on to new things. We’ve appointed a Senior Editor, Elisabeth Ingram Wallace, and will be accepting general submission for flash. We’ll also still be having a Flash competition, although this will become part of the Cambridge Prize – details will follow soon.

Status: CLOSED

Next Deadline: 31st March 2019 (midnight, U.K. time)

Wordcount: 400

Entry Fee: £5

Following a conversation with Kit de Waal (interview with TSS here), we are happy to announce that submission fees for the Flash Fiction 400 competition will be waived for any writers from marginalised and disadvantaged communities, or anyone suffering from economic hardship. For further details please click here.

Judges: Elisabeth Ingram Wallace and Rupert Dastur

Results: longlist announced mid-April. Winners and Highly Commended in late April / early May.

Prizes: Online and Print Publication plus 1st £400, 2nd £100, 3rd £50

Highly Commended: Up to five further flash fictions will be highly commended and published online. They will also receive £25 each.


  • All 1st place winners will be nominated for the Best Small Fiction Awards.
  • All winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be published in a chapboook within 12 months of the spring competition.
  • All winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be interviewed, by TSS Publishing, about their flash fiction and their writing more generally.


Please read through the Terms and Conditions before submitting.IMPORTANT: Due to the volume of submissions, we do not have the capability to email entrants individually regarding results. Please sign up to our newsletter (right sidebar) to keep up to date with competition news, or check the website directly.

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The Judges

Elisabeth Ingram WallaceElisabeth Ingram Wallace lives in Scotland, and her writing is published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Atticus Review, Flash Frontier, and the Bath Flash Fiction Award anthologies. A finalist for The Best Small Fictions 2018, she has a Scottish Book Trust ‘New Writers Award’, a Dewar Arts Award, and won ‘Writing the Future 2017’. She studied English as a mature student at Oxford University, and has a Creative Writing M.Litt. with Distinction from the University of Glasgow. She also won the TSS Flash 400 summer competition with her Flash ‘Space Hopped’ . You can find her on Twitter @ingram_wallace or on her website here.

Rupert DasturRupert Dastur is a writer, editor, and founding director of TSS Publishing. He studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he specialised in Modernism and the Short Story. He is Associate Editor at The Word Factory, a leading short story organisation based in London, and he has supported several short story projects and anthologies. Rupert’s own work has appeared in a number of places online and in print and he is currently working on his first novel.

Results of previous Flash 400 competitions