Edinburgh True Flash Award

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Edinburgh True Flash Award

£300 prize for writers worldwide and creative non-fiction, auto-fiction, memoir and other true stories on any topic up to 250 words.

Open for entries, 1 June to 31 August 2024 | Read the Rules

The Edinburgh True Flash Award is a brand new award. Submit your memoirs, creative non-fiction, auto-fiction or any unique true story.  We want stories told in artful, orginal ways that will entertain and amaze us, will bring us to tears or leave us outraged. Tell us a story we just can’t forget.

We are thrilled that Meg Pokrass will also judge True Flash. In 2021, Meg won the 2021 San Francisco's Blue Light Book Award for her auto-fiction collection Spinning To Mars. She will be helped in the early rounds by our teams of dedicated readers.

Meg writes, “What matters when writing "True Flash" is that one is addressing the real, and there are many creative ways to do so.

 “Creative nonfiction” and “memoir” involve writing about real life events, moments, and experiences —but presenting them in ways that feel meaningful rather than purely factual.

 “Autofiction” combines two mutually inconsistent narrative forms, autobiography and fiction. It is a highly creative type of writing in which a writer may decide to recount their life in the third person, to modify significant details and characters, using fictive subplots or imagined scenarios to write about real life experience in the service of a search for self.”

Read Meg’s auto-fiction story Alligators at Night

The Edinburgh True Flash Award is so new, we have no idea how many writers will respond. If we get plenty of entries then next year we will increase the prize money. In 2024 we are offering a first Prize of £300. The first prize winner and at least two highly commended stories will be published in the 2025 Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards anthology.

There is an entry fee of £10 per story.

Flash Bursaries: Free entry is available for writers through our bursary scheme. Applications for Flash Bursaries are open from 3 May to 3 July 2024. Apply here

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NEED HELP with the entry fee? Apply for a bursary now. Bursary Application deadline in 3 July.

Judge: Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass’s true fiction works includes the autofiction novella-in-flash, The Loss Detector (Bamboo Dart Press, 2020), and Spinning to Mars, winner of The Blue Light Book Award, 2021.

True Flash Rules


CLOSING DATE: 31 August 2024 at 23.59 UK Time

WORD LIMIT: 250 words (not including the title)

On 15 December 2024, all candidates will be contacted to let them know if they have made it to the short list. Prizewinners will be announced during the Flash Bash held at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh on Saturday 22 February 2025. The announcement of the winner will be announced on our website, via Facebook, Instagram, through our newsletters and on YouTube. Sign up for our newsletter here.


  • FIRST PRIZE: £300 plus trophy.

  • Two Commendations awarded £100 each.

  • At least three True Flash stories will be offered publication in the anthology.


  • The Edinburgh True Flash Award is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years.

  • Entries can be on any theme or subject and must be written in English. They must also be for adult readers.

  • Entries should be memoir, creative non-fiction, auto-fiction or other true story.

  • Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.

  • Simultaneous submission is permitted. Should your True Flash story win a prize or be published elsewhere, please let us know so that we may remove your entry from the current award.

  • No refunds are issued.


  • Maximum length is 250 words. The title does not count as part of the 250 word limit.

  • Entries should be typed in a plain legible font.

  • Entries will be read and judged anonymously. Do not put your name, address, email, telephone number or any personal identifying information on any page of your document.

  • Acceptable file types are doc, docx, and pdf. No other format is accepted.


  • We do not accept postal entries.

  • No corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received. If you want to change the story you will have to submit a new entry.

  • Entry is open from 1 June to end of 31 August 2024 (11.59pm UK time).

  • You may submit as many entries as you wish.

  • All entries will be acknowledged.

Payment and Free Entry

  • The entry fee is £10 per story.

  • The competition is administered through the Scottish Arts Trust, a registered charity in Scotland. All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland.

  • Applications for free entry through our bursary scheme are open from 3 May to 3 July 2024. Learn more here.


  • The author will retain copyright to their story.

  • All authors will be asked for permission before any work is published on our website or in the anthology. We expect all prize-winning and commended authors to agree to publication.

  • All stories submitted must be entirely the author’s own work, and not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body.

  • Entries must be in the entrant’s own name/names, not pseudonymous (if successful, you can request use of an alternative name in the anthology and online).

  • We do not accept stories that have been created using AI.


  • Entry constitutes acceptance of all Edinburgh True Flash Award Rules, Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policies.

  • Entries that fail to comply with rules, terms and conditions, privacy policies and requirements will be disqualified.

  • No correspondence can be entered into. Judges’ decisions are final.

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