The Worcester Repertory Company and Tortive Theatre are thrilled to be able to host the new creative writing competition, #FlashFiction101...


We are looking for stories of any genre or theme. The only catch? All stories must be exactly 101 words in length. No more; no less. Can you rise to the challenge? 

Key Information

  • Each month our judges will decide on a short list and a winner.

  • The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work.

  • The winner will receive a full set of Tortive Theatre's Bard Cards.

  • The winning entry of each month will be included in the shortlist  for the annual competition in June 2021.

  • The winning entry of each month will be professionally recorded and voiced, and broadcast as part of a digital series in 2021. 

  • Entries that are shortlisted will be recognised and published online.

  • Entry in June 2020 is free to all participants. Subsequent months may incur a small administration cost, which will be no more than £1.50 per entry.




Entry Deadline: JUNE 30TH - (Winner Announced July 17th)

This month is an open competition.

Entry Deadline: JULY 31ST - (Winner Announced August 14th)

This month is an open competition.


Entry Deadline: AUGUST 31ST - (Winner Announced September 11th)

This month is an open competition. 

Entry Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30TH - (Winner Announced October 10th)

Please note that there is a writing prompt for September 2020's competition.

Click here to see the prompt.

Entry Deadline: OCTOBER 31ST - (Winner announced November 13th)

The genre for this month's competition is Horror/Ghost Stories.

Entry Deadline: NOVEMBER 30TH - (Winner announced December 24th)

The genre for this month's competition is Christmas/Winter Holidays.

Entry Deadline: DECEMBER 31ST - (Winner announced January 22nd 2021)

The genre for this month's competition is Winter.


Entry Deadline: JANUARY 31ST - (Winner Announced February 19th)

Entry Deadline: FEBRUARY 28TH - (Winner Announced March 26th)


Entry Deadline: MARCH 31ST - (Winner Announced April 16th)

This month is an open competition.

Entry Deadline: APRIL 30TH - (Winner Announced May 14th)

This month is an open competition.

Entry Deadline: MAY 31ST - (Winner announced June 11th)

This month is an open competition.



The deadline for submitting entries is Midnight on each of the days listed above.


  1. Authors must be 16 years of age or over at the time of submitting their story.

  2. Entry is open to everyone; locally, nationally and internationally, but entries must be written in English. 

  3. All entries must be the original and individual work of entrant.

  4. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.

  5. Entries can be and genre or theme. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years of age is not eligible. We are hoping to bring further competitions that focus on writing for children soon.

  6. Simultaneous submission is permitted. Should your fiction win a prize or be published elsewhere, please get in touch so that we may remove your entry. 

  7. Authors retain full worldwide copyright throughout.

  8. Entrants may submit as many entries as they like, but may only submit each individual piece of work once in a twelve month period. 



1. The exact length of the story must be 101 words, title excluded.

2. Entries should be typed in a plain legible font.

3. All entries (excluding the annual competition shortlist) will be read and judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, email, telephone number or any personally identifying information on any page of your uploaded file.

4. Acceptable file types are odt, doc, docx, txt and pdf.

5. The file name must be the title of your piece. If your piece does not have a title, then the file name must be the first five words of your story.


1. Submission can only be made online, using the Submissions Form below. No postal entries will be accepted. 

2. No alterations or corrections may be made after you have submitted your work. You may remove your work from consideration but you will not be able to enter the same work again for a period of 12 months. 

3. There is no limit to the number of entries and entrant may submit.





C.S. Barnes is an academic, crime writer, and poet based in Worcester, UK. She was appointed as Worcestershire's Poet Laureate for 2019-20 and is a lecturer at no fewer than three Universities in English Literature and Creative Writing. 

Her crime writing covers everything from psychological thrillers to good old-fashioned detective work. She is currently working on her fourth novel. 


Charley is also the Managing Director of Sabotage Reviews and the Writer-in-Residence for The Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall and Worcester Rep.

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Ben is a director, writer and actor, based in Edinburgh, UK. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is currently the Interim Artistic Director for the The Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall and Worcester Repertory Company as well as Senior Creative Consultant to the National Trust for Scotland. 

He was a Module Leader at the University of Worcester and is a specialist lecturer at Staffordshire University. 

His directing work has been seen all over the globe and he has written a number of plays, monologues and commissions both for theatre and radio.

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The remainder of this year's #FLASHFICTION101 competition is an open theme. 

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Thank you for submiting your story. Good luck.


Our #FlashFiction101 competition is and always will be free to enter.


However, if you would like to make a donation to help Tortive Theatre continue to create opportunities and develop future work, we'd be extremely grateful. It's been an incredibly difficult time for all theatre companies and arts organisations, and it is with your support that we will continue to survive through and past the global pandemic crisis of 2020/21. Thank you to all those who have donated so far. Every donation really does help. 

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If entering multiple stories you only need to enter the information once.