Flash Fiction Competition for Shoreline of Infinity Readers 2020

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”

—Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

In Need of a Laugh

We’re in need of a chuckle, goodness knows we need something to make us laugh, raise a smile. This year, we ask you to tackle the hardest task in writing – write us a funny science fiction story. We know you can do it.


£50 for the winning story plus 1 year digital subscription to Shoreline of Infinity. Two runners-up will receive 1 year digital subscription to Shoreline of Infinity.

The top three stories will be published in Shoreline of Infinity – all three finalists will receive a print copy of this edition.

The Detail

Maximum 1,000 words.

Maximum 2 stories per submitter.

The story must not be published previously.

Deadline for entries: 11.59pm (UK time) 12th September 2020.

There’s no entry fee, but on the submission entry form you will be asked for a certain word from issue 18 of Shoreline of Infinity as your key, hence: competition for Shoreline of Infinity Readers.

You can order or download a copy of Shoreline of Infinity 18 here.

Our judging panel (details to be confirmed) will not begin work until after the deadline, so use the time to polish that tale ’til it shines.

Please Use Submittable to send us your story