Flash Fiction 500

liveArgyll’s Adult Community Learning Team are working together with liveArgyll Libraries to bring you an exciting new monthly writing competition.

Each month, we’ll provide a prompt to get you started. The prompt should be included in your entry, but where the story goes from there is entirely up to you.

Entries should be no more than 500 words, and can be in the form of a story, poem or article.

The 500 Words competition is open to ages 16+.

Members of our Community Learning Team will judge the entries, and occasionally, members of our Libraries’ Team and/or guests.

Winning stories will be published on our website roughly two weeks after the closing date.

A prize will be awarded to the author of the winning entry.

For more information, check out our terms and conditions.

This month’s prompt is:


The month of May is named after Maia, the god of growth

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entry to the competition is open to residents of Argyll & Bute aged 16+ years.
  2. Entrants must write a piece of short fiction based on the prompt provided. Entrants may submit only one entry per month.
  3. Entries should be close to but no more than 500 words. Entries must be submitted via email to Scott.Douglas@liveargyll.co.uk or handed in to a local liveArgyll library. Details of our libraries can be found here: Libraries – Live Argyll 
  4. liveArgyll will only ever use personal details to administer this competition. We will keep the names and email addresses of the winners to allow us to contact them about potential publications.
  5. Closing time for entries is clearly stated on the competition page. Submissions received after this time will not be considered. Entries will not be returned, so please remember to keep a copy. Successful entrants will be notified, but we cannot provide individual feedback on entries.
  6. All entries must be the entrant’s original work and must not infringe the rights of any other party. liveArgyll accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules, and entrants agree to fully indemnify liveArgyll against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.
  7. Entries must not contain anything which is calculated to bring liveArgyll into disrepute.
  8. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant liveArgyll a non-exclusive licence to use their entry for publication on the liveArgyll website and any promotional purpose on our social media channels. It is the entrants responsibility to advise if they want their entry to remain anonymous.
  9. By entering the competition, entrants warrant that they have the legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  10. Members of the liveArgyll Community Learning Team will judge entries and, occasionally, the Libraries Team or guests. 
  11. The winner will be contacted within 14 days of the last entry date.
  12. The prize consists of a £30 voucher from a retailer of the winner’s choice. There will be no payment for any published story.
  13. liveArgyll’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. liveArgyll reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage if deemed necessary in its opinion and if circumstances arise outside its control.

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