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Five Stop Stories - Flash Fiction Opportunities for Writer's

Updated on August 26, 2015
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Opportunity for Writers

Writing short stories has become quiet a phenomenum in recent years, and writing short short stories is growing in writing circles with suggestions to try your hand at nailing a story in 140 characters the length of a tweet. Sometimes known as flash fiction it is rising in popularity with many sites and opportunities available on a google search for short stories writers.

When Time Matters

It is no surprise that short stories are popular in the busy lives that people lead when time is a precious commodity that some wish they could buy. Flash fiction has taken off exponentially on sites such as Smash Words, Lulu and Amazon and are providing a niche for time poor readers. Short stories are perfect for many people and provide a short condensed way to read for the reluctant reader; for those that feel they don't have time for a 100/200 thousand word novel and for people who only do their reading on their daily commute.

Unique Creative Concept

One interesting idea came out of the UK which has taken short story writing to a new level. While surfing the net for freelance writing sites and writing competitions I came upon a website called 'Five Stop Stories'. I thought it to be such a great idea that I decided to write a hub about it to let others know about this creative site and it's benefits.

The idea came to UK writer Ruth Heald in 2010 while commuting on the London underground on her way to a London writer's group (btw the London tube has got to be the best transport system across the globe, surely). Ruth thought that it would be cool to write a short story that would fit in with a daily commute and which could begin and end in the five stops it took to make the journey to work.

And so began the unique concept of 'Five Stop Stories' to be read in five stops on a daily commute on the London underground.

Five Stop Stories

  • Is an electronic publisher.
  • Which specializes in short stories.
  • Looks for new talent and showcases new writers.
  • Holds monthly writing competitions.
  • Is open to both UK and international writers.
  • New writers have been featured and discovered on the mobile app and kindle book.
  • They have developed a specific app so that the stories can be read on Iphones and Ipads or on kindle as an Ebook.
  • The stories can be read on kindle by downloading them from Amazon and on the phone and ipad app downloaded from the itunes store.
  • For short story writers it is a fantastic opportunity to 'get your work out there'
  • Short stories are accepted up to 3000 words in length.
  • Must be received by the last day of the month.
  • Has a 4 pound entry fee
  • And a 50 pound prize offered
  • These and other criteria are available on the website at

If you haven't taken the challenge yet and written a short story or entered into short story competitions it is worth your consideration. There is much to be gained with some competitions offering substantial prize money, a chance to be discovered as a writer and your story published.

There are many opportunities out there for writer's and a quick Google search brings up a variety. But before you enter you need to take the following points into consideration;

  • Each competitions has it's own specific requirements. It will only benefit you if you follow them. For example if the application form says less than 1500 words it means 1499 and less not 1501.
  • If they ask you to email your manuscript in do not include it in the body of the email unless they specifically ask you to. Always send in as an attachment to your email.
  • If it's a hard copy that is asked for then a hard copy is needed. It doesn't matter why. Send in a paper copy of your manuscript . And never send an email copy as well. They appreciate people doing specifically what is asked for.

    If you are thinking about writing short stories and entering competitions try some or all of the competitions listed below. And Good Luck!

Flash Fiction -Short Short Stories



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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh that's so great that my hub gave you some ideas!! So happy about that! I love short fiction & am working on about 8 short stories currently..good luck with yours & please share it with us here when you've finished..cheers

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing these great idea with us. I want to try my hand at one. I have started on one but I keep getting stuck. I don't know what the ending will be like yet. Now I have some guidelines to help me thanks to you. Voted up and interesting :)

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      Rob Welsh 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      This is really helpful for more than just those of few words :) I appreciate the effort that you made with this and as a fellow ANZAC biscuit fan, I would like to suggest that you try adding Allspice into the melted butter... you will find the taste really interesting... you know... hahaha.. like Marmite!

      Sorry... I only had time to read one of your hubs and wanted to say "Happy Anzac Day mate!" Flash Fiction certainly is a genre that does provide us greater opportunities and for having that fact brought to my attention... I must thank you! Cheers also for the opportunity to break bread/biscuit... Nice to meet you and take care... PD

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for dropping in midget and sharing these tips! I am so glad you find my hub useful, I hoped others would as well...cheers

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Am coming in to say this is a useful hub and am sharing these tips!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you xstatic my friend!! Glad to get your interest...good luck if you give it a go:) will check out Jaye's hubs thanks for the heads up... Cheers

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is really intresting. Four pounds would be about eight American dollars I think. I will have to cehck it out. Hubber Jaye Wisdom writes a lot of flash fiction.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      smcopywrite so glad you found this info on flash fiction informative...good luck if you give it a go...cheers

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you tillsontitan you are most welcome...there are just so many opportunities that I come across that I had to share them...I hope its helpful...happy NY cheers.

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      smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

      wonderfully put together and extremely informative material. thank you so much for giving us an insight to flash fiction

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      How nice of you to share this information with us! I have been hearing a lot about Flash Fiction of late and you have helped fill in the blanks for me. I'm sure your links will be helpful too!

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your comment midget, short stories certainly are a challenge for us but are great to start creative juices flowing...good luck if you give the competitions a go...cheers

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, amazing! 14o characters!! A challenge..a teaser would best describe it! Thanks for sharing the value of the short story with us!! Am certainly looking into this!! Sharing!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for popping by & for your votes Nell, and if you give it a go best of luck...cheers

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Sounds like a great idea carter, I may just give it a go, or at least take a look and read a few, isn't it great how we can get our work out there these days? voted up! nell

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This is interesting information. I admire that you are out actively trying to generate income through your writing. Flash fiction is challenging there is such a need to be succinct.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much Mar for taking the time to drop by, comments & votes, it really is a pleasure to find opportunities & share them. I agree writing is just as important to health as exercise is for us and I am finding I have to discipline myself to write creatively, or I spend too much time freelance writing or on social networks etc. Don't ya just love the buzz that you feel when writing and a creative flow happens and your lost in the that's good for our health, right?? Have a great day! or night :) cheers

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear carter,

      Thank you for the valuable overview as well as the links to further check out these challenges and opportunities.

      Flash fiction is definitely something I will enjoy looking into. I believe writing exercises are as important to our creativity as physical exercise is to our health.

      Thank you so much. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Don't worry we are not all flash fiction writers but if you think about it each chapter of a book has a beginning and an 140 character's though...that's another story:)

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      This is a scary area to me. I freeze up thinking about writing a complete story in so few words. Maybe that says something about me...too wordy? ;) Thanks for posting - voted up!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      You are welcome rcrumple, and thanks for stopping harm in giving it a shot as there is nothing to loose & everything to of luck...cheers

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Very interesting info. Makes one wonder about entering, for sure. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks very much BlossomSB...I personally enjoy writing and reading flash fiction and thought others might want to know about these ideas...and for noticing illustrations:)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Flash fiction is a great idea as so many of us love to read a story, but don't have much spare time at our disposal. Thank you for writing about it in such a helpful way - lots of interesting illustrations, too.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for dropping by btrbell and for your comments...I am glad you got something out of the info in my hub and hope you have great success when you write your short stories...cheers

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much for your comment Billy...when I found this writing competition I thought it would make a hub that other people might be interested in... thanks for dropping by...cheers

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting concept and useful information my friend. Thanks for doing the research on this one!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, carter for this informative hub. As I have been reading other people's falsh fiction, I have been toying with writing some myself. I love the idea of writing either for a challenge or contest. I really appreciate all the work that you have put into this. Up and useful!