Past Times Prize

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This annual competition is for historical flash fiction stories. Each year we will reveal which time the stories should be set in.

Deadline: 31st August 2024

Words: Up to 500 (excluding the title)

Entry fee: £6 submission only / £21 with feedback

Enter your story here


The winning and shortlisted stories will share up to 66% of the entry fees (after Submittable fees are deducted) .

  • 1st: 20%

  • 2nd: £15%

  • 3rd: £10%

  • Shortlisted stories (max 7): 3% each

All winning and shortlisted stories will be published in WestWord in November 2024.

Historical Era for 2024 Prize

Send us your stories set in the 1970s.

Black box with green neon writing saying 1970s

Enter your story here


  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button above by 23.59 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included). Please use a clear font of at least size 12 so that we can read it easily!

  • Please use the name of your story as your Submission title and the document you upload.

  • Do not include your name on the story document or submission title but provide a short bio as requested in the submission form. All stories are read anonymously so any showing the author’s name will be disqualified.

  • Please include the word count at the start or end of the story document.

  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted in other competitions is fine if the story remains unpublished).

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the winner’s announcement your entry will become ineligible. No refunds of entry fees will be paid.

  • By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ online anthology.

  • Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction.

  • You can enter as many times as you like but all entries must be made separately and the entry fee paid each time.

  • The judge’s decision is final.

  • Cash prize payments will be made through PayPal or via BACS.

  • There are no alternative prizes.