An Axe to Grind

The contest is now closed.

Once screening is done (by Monday, April 5), I will share the shortlist by email with everyone who entered the contest. Winners will be announced mid-month.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated!


An Axe to Grind – an annual flash fiction writing contest by Darling Axe Editing

Tell us a story in fewer than 1000 words.

First place: $700 CAD
Second place: $200 CAD
Third place: $100 CAD

All three finalists win publication on the Chopping Blog and receive complimentary access to a Darling Axe self-paced course.

Entry is $5 CAD.

Entries will be screened by David Brown, with final judging by Michelle Barker.

Deadline: March 31, 2021


A note on sincerity: some so-called editing websites host writing contests as a ruse to then up-sell contestants into paying to have their submissions edited. A shifty trick indeed! We attest that this is a legitimate annual writing contest, and if winning entries ever need some editing, we will gladly assist without charge.

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