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MinK2023 - Green Spaces in the City
Submissions: Terms and Conditions 

What you need to know

  • There are two age categories: 14-19 years and 20 + 

  • Submission is open to writers who live, work or study in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes' home county) or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire.

  • There will be cash prizes of £25 for the best story and the best poem in each of the two age categories.

  • All entries must be written in English. Work should be original and not previously published.

  • Stories and poems must reflect the theme: Green Spaces in the City. You are free to interpret that as creatively as you wish.

  • Flash fiction must be no longer than 500 words. There is no minimum word limit. Only one entry per writer. Any genre is acceptable, e.g. mystery, romance, science fiction, history.

  • Poems must be no more than 30 lines. All types of poem are welcoming: free verse, rhyming, haiku, sonnet, etc. You can submit a maximum of three poems, which should be in a single document.

  • Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF or Plain Text formats, as an attachment to an email

  • All work should be typed in Arial size 12 font and should include a word or line count.

  • Writers should not include their name on any part of the attachment, as entries will be judged anonymously.

  • 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 format. We may also highlight some entries on the MK Lit Fest website and social media. 

  • Please do not submit material that would not receive a cinematic rating of 15 or less (i.e. no 18 / R-rated submissions).

  • Judges cannot correspond with entrants or give feedback on submissions.


What you need to do

  • All entries should be submitted as an attachment to an email and sent to

  • Please type MinK2023 Submission in the email subject line and specify whether the submission is a) flash fiction, b) poetry or c) flash fiction and poetry. If you wish to submit both flash fiction and poetry, please send them in separate documents. You can submit them together in one email.

  • Please include the following details in the body of your email: 

    • Your full name

    • Age category

    • Title of pieces

    • Email address/phone number  

    • Address including postcode (your home, workplace or educational institution, depending on how you meet the eligibility criteria).


Deadline for submissions: 10 Feb 2023

Winners will be notified by: 17 March 2023 

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