Flash Fiction Prize

1st prize: £1,000* for Flash Fiction (up to 500 words)
Runner up prizes: 2nd £200*, 3rd £50*

The 2020 QuietManDave Prize is now closed to entries. Long-listed entrants will be contacted by Friday 11th September 2020. If you have any queries, visit our FAQs and Contact page or sign-up for the Manchester Writing School mailing list for all the latest updates.

Submission Guidance 

QuietManDave inspired many people to pursue their creative passions and this competition continues that by seeking to encourage new writing - and discover and celebrate new writers. Our Flash Fiction and Flash Non-Fiction categories encompass the forms of writing that Dave was best known for, while creating an exciting space for other kinds of work, too. Here is some guidance on what you might like to submit for the Flash Fiction Prize.   

What is Flash Fiction?

Also called microfiction, nanofiction or short shorts, these are short stories distilled down to their essence, a whole and complete world in - for the purposes of this competition - 500 words or even less. There are no rules for what makes a great piece of flash fiction, which might tell of a whole life and have a huge cast, or cover 10 minutes and have only one or two characters. Flash fictions may be told in any form or style, from different points of view, be about any subject or in any genre - from science fiction to humour, thriller to psychological drama, everything is possible in this small space! Flash fiction is as much about what is not on the page and what is left to the reader's imagination as the words you choose to include. Tell us a story that grips from the opening line and doesn't let us go.

For some examples of flash fiction see:


Terms and Conditions of Entry


  1. The QuietManDave Prize 2020 (the "Prize") is organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University ("Manchester Met"). 
  2. The Prize is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is not excluded by these Rules. There is no upper age limit for entry. 
  3. Members of Manchester Met staff (who may also be students) and their spouses are excluded from being eligible to enter. 
  4. The deadline for entries is 5pm (UK time) on 17th April 2020. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered but fees may still be charged. The online entry system may become busy as the deadline nears, so entrants are advised not to leave submission until the last minute.  
  5. Entrants must submit a piece of flash fiction OR a piece of flash non-fiction of up to 500 words in length. There is no minimum word count. Titles, blank lines and page numbers are not included in the word count. Prologues, epigraphs, subheadings and footnotes are included in the word count. Submissions must be complete pieces of work rather than extracts from longer works.  
  6. Entrants may enter pieces of writing to both prize categories, and submit as many pieces as they wish to each, but each piece must be submitted as a separate entry with a separate entry form and a separate entry fee.
  7. All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be the entrant's own original writing, and should not have been published in print or have been broadcast on or before 31st October 2020. Work which has been published on public websites, blogs or social media sites can be submitted, but must be taken down before the date of entry and must not be uploaded again on or before 31st October 2020. Work that has been circulated via, or uploaded to, closed forums (e.g. for the purposes of workshopping on writing courses) can be submitted. Simultaneous submissions to other competitions and for publication are permitted, provided the work is not published elsewhere before 31st October 2020. Work found to be published in print or to have been broadcast or to have appeared on a website outside of these terms will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee. 
  8. All work must be typed or word-processed, clearly legible and written primarily in English. Entrants should not include illustrations or artwork. Beyond these stipulations, presentation (e.g. font and spacing) is at the entrant’s discretion. 
  9. Translations into English of work written in other languages can be accepted, provided that the source text is the entrant's own original work and has not been published (in line with point 7, above); translations into English of work published (in line with point 7, above) elsewhere in other languages will not be accepted. 
  10. Entries will be accepted online via the Prize website: www.quietmandaveprize.co.uk. Entrants will be required to pay online via the University’s online shop and will receive an automated email receipt confirming payment.  
  11. All entries will be assigned an ID number and made anonymous upon receipt. Judges will not be privy to entrants' names during the reading and judging processes. Names will be reattributed to entries only after the long list, short list and winners have been decided. 
  12. Entries submitted for consideration may be withdrawn from the Prize by entrants by notification in writing (by post or email) to be received by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met. Where work is withdrawn, entry fees will not be refunded. 
  13. Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted; submissions cannot be amended, corrected or substituted. If entrants wish to correct errors in their submission, they must withdraw their story from the Prize as above and enter again with payment of entry fee. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into. 
  14. Entries will not be returned under any circumstances. Correspondence requesting returns will not receive a response. 
  15. Manchester Met reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules, or made a false declaration on the entry form. 
  16. Manchester Met cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Prize. 
  17. Manchester Met will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. 
  18. The Prize and Rules will be governed by English Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. 
  19. Manchester Met reserves the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond Manchester Met's control. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the QuietManDave Prize website. 
  20. Submission of an entry will be deemed to imply unqualified acceptance of the Prize's Rules. In the event of any dispute regarding these Rules or any other matter relating to the Prize, the decision of Manchester Met shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 

Judging and selection

  1. A judging panel chosen by Manchester Metropolitan University will select a long-list of entrants and, from that list, select a short-list of entrants and, from that list, select the winners. The judges' decisions are final, and no correspondence about their decisions will be entered into.
  2. Manchester Met reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.
  3. The judges reserve the right not to award the prizes, or to reduce the prize money, if, in their opinion, such action is justified for any reason. 
  4. Long-listed entrants will be notified by telephone or email on or before the end of Friday 11th September 2020.
  5. Short-listed entrants will be notified by telephone or email on or before the end of Friday 25th September 2020.
  6. Short-listed entrants will be invited to attend a prize-giving event in Manchester on the evening of 9th October 2020. The winners will be announced at this event. ?In cases where short-listed entrants are unable to attend the event, they will be invited submit a short written statement to be read out at the ceremony should they win.


  1. The cost of entry is £5.00 (sterling) per piece of flash fiction/flash non-fiction.  
  2. Sponsored (£0) entries are available via application to writers who might not otherwise be able to take part in the Prize. Applicants will be asked to provide details of eligibility, and may be asked to submit documentary evidence. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email within 28 days of submission of any requested information or evidence. The deadline for expressions of interest in reduced price entry is 16th April 2020. Applications for reduced price entry will no longer be considered after that date, or when all available sponsored entries have been allocated. Applications for reduced price entry will be considered by the Prize administrative team whose decisions are final, and no correspondence about their decisions will be entered into. Manchester Met reserves the right to not grant reduced price entry, if, in their opinion, such action is justified for any reason. 
  3. Payment should be made by debit/credit card via the University’s online shop. We cannot accept payment via PayPal. If an online entrant successfully submits their writing but then fails to complete payment at the checkout, you will have until 25th September 2020 to revisit the online shop and complete payment, or to withdraw from the Prize. 
  4. In any cases where payments have not cleared by 25th September 2020, entrants will be automatically disqualified from the Prize. 
  5. Where entrants are unable to complete payment via cheque or postal order, or via the online system, it may be possible for payment to be made over the telephone via debit/credit card or electronically via direct bank transfer. Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page for further details. 
  6. Payments from foreign bank accounts: please discuss with your bank whether any charges will be taken and add the value of the charge to your payment. We will not be able to accept payments from overseas accounts where charges will be taken and these are not added to your payment amount. 
  7. Payment in any form other than debit/credit card is made at the entrant's own risk. 
  8. Where entrants are unable to complete payment via the online system, it may be possible for payment to be made over the telephone via debit/credit card or electronically via direct bank transfer. Please get in touch for further details. Payment via other methods may not be accepted and is made at the entrant's own risk.  


  1. Selected pieces may be printed in publications and journals hosted by Manchester Met and may appear in electronic format on the Manchester Met website, or in other electronic forms. Pieces may appear in abridged or edited form. The copyright in each story submitted remains with the author. Entrants are deemed to grant to Manchester Met a non-exclusive, worldwide licence over each entry submitted for the duration of the Prize (which is deemed to end on 31st October 2020), and for publicity purposes (including in print and electronic publications) thereafter. Simultaneous submissions to other competitions and for publication are permitted, provided the work is not published elsewhere before 31st October 2020.  


  1. "The QuietManDave Prize" will award six prizes: