Monthly competition: Shooter Flash

Shooter Flash spotlights bitesize brilliance with one winning story each month, which we publish online (plus in an annual anthology – see our first one below!).

As the magazine asks for prose of more than 2,000 words, Shooter Flash offers an opportunity to writers who work on a smaller canvas. We welcome stories up to 1,000 words long on a rolling basis, any theme/genre, and the winning story each month wins £50 as well as publication on the second Monday of each month. Winning stories are also anthologised and sent to all of Shooter’s subscribers.

To submit, please read the following guidelines:

  1. Send stories 1.5 or double spaced as .doc or .docx files to
  2. Include identifying information (name and brief third-person biography) in the body of the email rather than on the story itself.
  3. The author’s bio should be ready for use as it will be posted at the end of the winning story. Feel free to include any links to author’s website or social media.
  4. Stories must be no longer than 1,000 words excluding title.
  5. Entry fee of £3.50 per story (via PayPal link below).
  6. Stories may be submitted at any time as submissions are open on a rolling basis.
  7. Stories can be previously published or unpublished, and writers may submit multiple stories for consideration.
  8. Stories submitted during a calendar month will be considered for publication during the next month.
  9. The winning story will be posted on Shooter’s website on the second Monday of each month.
  10. The winning writer will receive the £50 prize following publication online.
  11. The winning writer assigns Shooter the right to publish their story on Shooter’s website and in the annual flash anthology, and to quote from the work across social media platforms.

To enter, please send the fee via the PayPal link below before submitting your story/stories:

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Please email editor Melanie White at with any questions. We look forward to reading your work!

Previous Shooter Flash Winners:


If you’d like to read all of the 2021-2022 winners in beautifully presented form, we offer a pdf anthology for £5, which we send to your PayPal email address (or a different email if you let us know your preference via

To order the 2022 Shooter Flash Anthology, please do so via the link below:

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