Mysterious and mischievous

Creative and textured

In exactly eighty words



Welcome to our Great Eighty Challenge, we hope you enjoy it! To write a piece of flash fiction in not over, not under, but exactly eighty words.


Your submission can be an extract from a longer work; a full story with beginning, middle and end; or it can simply be a scene - it's what you do with it that we're interested in. You can submit as many pieces as you like per competition.


Here is a jotter for your drafting, but be sure to copy and paste it into the Submission Form before you submit. Be aware that you must leave a space after punctuation and that hyphenated words will be counted as two separate words in the judging process.


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Terms and Conditions

(1) All submissions must be the author's own work and not in breach of any existing copyright. (2) All entries must be exactly 80 words. (3) The ethos of The Third Word Press does not allow rants, bullying, swearing or any form of abuse. (4) By submitting an entry, you are allowing The Third Word Press to use, reproduce, distribute, communicate, rent, lend, translate, edit, adapt and sell your 80 words plus title in any media (e.g digital, print, text message or radio, syndication) for an indefinite period, worldwide. (5) The deadline for entries falls on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 23.59 UK time, entries submitted after 23:59 UK time will be entered into the next competition. (6) Winners will be contacted by 23:59 UK time, a week following the deadline of the competition and recorded on the website. (7) No communication will be entered into, and the judge's decision is final. (8) Prize money will be sent to UK bank accounts or overseas PayPal accounts, any relevant fees or taxes are the author's responsibility. (9) Royalties of the value of 0.08p per printed and sold submission only, are paid annually no later than 1st February for all copies sold in the previous year dated January 1st to December 31st. (10) Royalties shall be paid to a UK bank account or overseas PayPal account supplied (by our request) by the author at the time of publication (any changes are the author's responsibility to update). Any relevant fees or taxes are the author's responsibility. (11) There is no payment for general submissions, but authors featured on our website and promotions will always be credited, and your participation is greatly appreciated.

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