MinK2023 - Green Spaces in the City
Flash Fiction and Poetry Competition and Anthology

Milton Keynes is renowned for roundabouts and concrete cows, but it is also a very green city – in a literal sense. The city is home to numerous parks, woods, nature reserves and other settings where the city dwellers can experience nature. This year, we are adopting Green Spaces in the City as the theme for our third MinK flash fiction and poetry competition.

Entry is free, so get creative. Write a piece of flash fiction of up to 500 words in any genre you choose: sci-fi, thriller, romance, historical fiction… all styles are welcome. Or put pen to paper and send us a poem of up to 30 lines inspired by the theme.


(If you’d like some inspiration, we have a series of online events in the opening months of 2023 with established writers exploring different aspects of how their writing relates to places and locations: potential competition entrants may wish to book themselves a place).

And there are prizes! There will be cash prize of £25 for the best story and best poem in each of two age categories: 14–19 and 20+


In addition, we aim to select at least 20 stories and 20 poems for publication in an anthology that will be available in paperback and e-reader formats. Selected entries may also be highlighted on the MK Lit Fest website and social media. Selected writers may also be invited to record readings of their work for inclusion in an app-based audio anthology.