This year’s competition is now closed and we had lots of amazing entries. You will be able to read the winning entries here once the judging is complete and we’ve announced the winner on Thursday 14th.

This year the theme was The Prime of Life

Is it all that it is cracked up to be? Does this pinnacle overdose on expectations, turn out to be nothing more than an over-used cliché or does it spark a turning point from which there is no turning back?

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the death of Muriel Spark (author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), TAL Festival invited you to create an original story on the subject, The Prime of Life to a maximum of 500 words.

Our judge is Freelance Writer and journalist, Sandra Smith, 


Three prizes will be awarded: 1st Prize £200 book tokens, 2nd Prize £100 book tokens), and 3rd Prize £50 book tokens)

The winners’ names will be announced at TAL on Thursday, 14 October, via an online presentation,at 4:30pm

Competition Rules and Entry Form

Please click the buttons below to download the Flash Fiction Competition rules and your entry form.