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#QUICKFIC 07/12/2018

Goodbye November, hello December and hello to a new #QUICKFIC, Faber Academy’s Flash Fiction Competition!

It’s Friday at (roughly) 9:50 am, so get your typing fingers ready and your brains warmed up because I’m about to hit you with a prompt at the bottom of this post. You should take a look, then write out a 250 words or less story inspired by it. Give the story a title, then gently deposit it into the body of an email alongside your wordcount and email it to academy@faber.co.uk no later than 2:50 pm today.

At 3:30 we announce our winner, in with a shot of getting these three wonders:

- Faber Academy's Flash Fiction Competition #QUICKFIC

And here’s your prompt:

A quote from Jan Austen's "Emma" reading “Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.” against an image of a tree in the process of losing its leaves, with the contrast turned up and the image overlayed with a pink and orange colour gradient until the trees look like etchings - Faber Academy's Flash Fiction Competition #QUICKFIC

May the silliness now commence until 2:50 pm!

By entering Faber Academy’s flash fiction competition #QUICKFIC , you’re granting us non-exclusive worldwide permission to reprint your story on our website should you win. 

#QUICKFIC 23/11/2018

Good morning, flash fiction fans!

We’ve got another stunning #QUICKFIC prompt for you, but first, the rules. If you already know How to Play, then keep on scrolling:

  • We’re about to show you a prompt.
  • Look at the prompt and, by the power of my photoshop skills and the wise words of another author, you should be granted the inspiration to write a fiction piece of 250 words or less.
  • Send us that piece in the body of an email with the title and the word count included to academy@faber.co.uk by 2:50 pm today
  • Because if you do, you’re in with a shot of winning these books:


That’s it for the How To’s, and, for once, I’m going to keep quiet and let someone else’s words take center stage for this week’s prompt. See you back here this afternoon at exactly 3:30 pm!

a quote from H.G Wells' "The Time Machine" set against a background of a cloudy sky as the sun is setting. The clouds are all coloured in various gradients of pink, white and black. The quite reads "It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning."  

By entering Faber Academy’s flash fiction competition #QUICKFIC , you’re granting us non-exclusive worldwide permission to reprint your story on our website should you win. 

QuickFic 30/01/15

Why hello there. How are you liking our new digs?

Once you’ve had a nose around, it’s time to get down to business. And that business is of course this: QUICKFIC.

If you haven’t played QuickFic before, or you’ve forgotten how it works, here’s a quick catch-up:

At 9.50am on a Friday (now), we give you a prompt.

You write up to 250 words of fiction about that prompt, and send them to us at academy@faber.co.uk by 2.50pm that same day.

At 3.30pm, we announce a winner, and the winner wins some lovely Faber books. They and the lucky runner-up also get their pieces published on this very site.

Doesn’t that sound fun?

So, without further ado, here is this week’s prompt:



Ooh. He looks like he’s got a story to tell, eh?

Before you dash off to pen it, let us tempt you further with those aforementioned books. This week, it’s these ones which are up for grabs:



L-R: Copendium, The Black Album, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Spies, Into The Trees

See you back here at 3.30!

Fans of writing competitions: fear not! We’re here every Friday, so if you don’t have time to play today, or you’re visiting us after the fact – come back and join us again.