Congratulations to the winners and runners-up.
I would also like to extend the heartiest congratulations to everyone who made the long and short lists. As both judges pointed out, the standard is incredibly high, with entries coming in from all over the world.
Hints from the Judges
No.5 – Checking Your Entry
Judges hate to disqualify entries in any competition, but it is a regrettable fact that we still receive entries which exceed the word or line limit, and/or contain the entrant’s name on the submitted work. In our experience, some disqualified entries would have been in with a good chance of featuring in the long or short lists, or even been prize winners.
All our competitions request that each individual entry is submitted as a separate attachment. Obviously, we do not disqualify entries that submit multiple entries in one attachment, but it does make our task more time consuming.
We would encourage entrants to put their work on one side for a few days before doing a final check. If possible, get a friend to read it through out loud or, if this is not possible, try recording it and listening to the playback. Many faults in word flow and/or lack of clarity can easily be picked up in this way. This might be enough to give you the winning edge.
Critique Service for Writers
Flash 500 Home Page: Flash Fiction, Humour Verse
and Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competitions