An Axe to Grind — Flash Fiction Contest

An Axe to Grind — Flash Fiction Contest

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Thanks for your interest in the Darling Axe flash-fiction contest!

It's only $5 CAD to enter.

Once you have paid your entry fee, submit your story to


Current prize pot:

1st place: $200 CAD + publication (reached!)
2nd place: $100 CAD + publication (reached!)
3rd place: $50 + publication (reached!)

Each entry contributes to the prize, so after 40 entries, the prize pool starts to spill over... and trickle down! Here's how this will work:

  • Up to 40 entries: $200 for 1st prize
  • At 60 entries: $200 for 1st prize, $100 for 2nd prize 
  • At 70 entries: $200 for 1st, $100 for 2nd, $50 for 3rd
  • Above 70: 1st place continues to increase – no limit!

Deadline to enter: March 31, 2020

Submission guidelines

  • Stories must not exceed 1000 words (title not included)
  • Only original, unpublished work may be submitted
  • One entry per person
  • Word documents & PDFs accepted
  • Judging is anonymous: submission should not include entrant's name or contact information
  • The winning submissions will be published on the Chopping Blog
  • Winner and runners-up will be notified by email
  • Prize money will be awarded via Paypal

What is flash fiction?


Flash fiction is a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Identified varieties, many of them defined by word count, include the six-word story, the 280-character story (also known as "twitterature"), the "dribble" (also known as the "minisaga"; 50 words), the "drabble" (also known as "microfiction"; 100 words), "sudden fiction" (750 words), flash fiction (1,000 words), nanotale, and "micro-story". 


Screening and judging will be done solely by Darling Axe editors. The entries will be screened by David Brown. The top five submissions will be judged anonymously by Michelle Barker. 


The Darling Axe is not be liable for any loss or damage or for any personal injury sustained as a result of entering this contest or receipt of a prize or Chopping Blog publication. The Darling Axe is the sole sponsor of this contest.


The contest winner conveys first publication rights to the Darling Axe. The author fully retains copyright to his or her flash fiction piece. Runners-up will have the option to convey first publication rights to the Darling Axe, and they will also retain full copyright of their work.

Express agreement

By entering this contest, participants expressly agree to the contest rules and guidelines.