FOLIO Sutton Coldfield is celebrating the writing talent in and inspired by our local community with our second annual FOLIO Sutton Coldfield Flash Fiction Competition. This year the project forms part of our Telling Sutton’s Stories project, and is made possible thanks to support from Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme.

Write a short story, maximum 250 words, somehow linked to Sutton Coldfield (perhaps through setting or characters), enter it for FREE, and be in with a chance of seeing your short story printed in the Royal Sutton Coldfield Chronicle, on the Telling Sutton’s Stories website and social media, and available to read in Sutton Coldfield Library. The winner will also receive £25 in book tokens.

Submissions close Midnight 24 October 2021.

The winner will be announced in the Royal Sutton Coldfield Chronicle, in late November.

If you are looking for inspiration for your story, please take a look at the Telling Sutton’s Stories website, where there are hundreds of photos and newspaper clippings, one of which might just plant the seed of an idea!

Publication in the Royal Sutton Coldfield Chronicle
Publication on the Telling Sutton’s Stories website
Display in Sutton Coldfield Library
£25 book token (winner), £10 (runner up)


Terms and Conditions

Entries must be submitted by email as a word or .rtf attachment. Please email your submission to Zoe on There is no entry fee.

Entrants must be 16 years or over.

Entry is open to everyone, nationally and internationally.

Entries must be in the entrant’s own name/names, not pseudonymous. If successful, you can request that we use your nom de plume.

Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.

Entries can be on any theme or subject as long as they are (1) original, (2) written in English, (3) the content somehow links to Sutton Coldfield and (4) not pornographic, harmful or objectionable. Entries must aimed at adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 14 years is not eligible.

Authors retain full worldwide copyright throughout.

Maximum length is 250 words, title excluded.
 Please note your word count at the bottom of your piece.

Entries will be read and judged anonymously.

If the piece has no title, then its first three words must be used as the title.

No corrections or alterations can be made after entries have been received.

Entry is open until Midnight on Sunday 24 October 2021.

There is no limit to the number of entries any single entrant may make.

The prizes for the competition are as published, non-negotiable and non-transferable.

The results of the competition will be announced at a celebration event in November. Further details of this will be published as soon as possible.

Entry constitutes acceptance of all FOLIO Flash Fiction competition rules, terms and conditions and policies. Entries that fail to comply with rules, terms and conditions, privacy policies and requirements will be disqualified. No correspondence can be entered into. Judges’ decisions are final.

Privacy Policy
Any data we collect as a result of entry to the Flash Fiction Competition will be used and stored in accordance with FOLIO Sutton Coldfield’s Privacy Policy

Entering this competition means that you accept all our Terms & Conditions outlined above.