The Plaza Microfiction Prize (300 words)

Meg Pokrass

The Plaza Microfiction Prize (300 words)

Judged by Meg Pokrass

1st prize: £500. 2nd prize: £150. 3rd prize: £50

300 words max.

Microfiction, Flash Fiction, Sudden Fiction: these are just our categories. American expatriate, Meg Pokrass, is an acknowledged master of all types of short-short story. She was last year’s Flash Fiction judge and because she knows her stuff, we brought her back to judge Microfiction this year.

Meg has published eight short story collections and two novellas-in-flash. So, why not test yourself against this American master of all forms of Flash Fiction? Nothing to lose. Everything to gain. To be long-listed (final 20) is a nice credit for the resume/CV. To be shortlisted in the Top 10, means you will be published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology 2. To win, or place second or third, is worth a few bob (as they used to say, waaaay back in the day).

Meg’s work has been included in 3 recent Norton Anthologies of flash fiction form: Flash Fiction International, New Micro, and the forthcoming Flash Fiction America. Her stories have been published in countless literary journals, including Electric Literature, and McSweeney’s and Five Points and SmokeLong Quarterly.

Meg is the Founding Editor of the award-winning Best Microfiction anthology series, Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival U.K., and Flash Challenge Creator and quarterly judge for Myslexia Magazine.

So, send Meg your Microfiction.

“In Microfiction every word counts. I can't wait to read the entries."

Meg Pokrass

The Prizes

First Prize: £500

Second Prize: £150

Third Place: £50

Top 10

The 10 shortlisted entries will be published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology 2, which will be launched at our awards ceremony, October 2024.

Terms and Conditions



  • Deadline: 31st March 2024
  • Writers can enter any number of times. (£9.00 Subsequent entry: £4.50)
  • Microfictions can be in any style or form, but must be in English, and written for adults.
  • Entries must be submitted online. No email submissions. In exceptional circumstances, postal entry may be accepted, as long as a cheque made out for the correct entry fee is sent to The Plaza Prizes Ltd. (Postal address is on Contact Form.)
  • Enter the correct version of your work. If you make a mistake, entry fees will not be refunded. (You will have to enter again.)


Read the rules carefully before entering the competition. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply will result in disqualification.

All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, X-handle etc on the document or in the file name or it will be disqualified.

Entries will be disqualified if they are over the word limit, sorry, there will be no refund.

Entries must be entirely your own work.

Entries must NOT have been traditionally published in book or magazine form. Work that has been published on a website, blog or online forum or online journal before is eligible for entry.

Entries must NOT have won in any other competition. If your entry was long-listed, shortlisted, in other competitions it IS still eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if an entry wins a prize elsewhere, is published or scheduled for future publication, prior to the date of prize giving, you must inform us to withdraw immediately. Entry fees will not be refunded.


Maximum 300 words.


£9.00 per Microfiction. (Subsequent entry: £4.50)

Entries must be submitted online via Submittable. No email submissions.


  • Entries must be typed in 12 pt font, 1.5 or double-spaced, with numbered pages and the Microfiction’s title on the front page.
  • Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF file with the title as the file name. Do not include your name in the file name as this will lead to disqualification.
  • Max 2MB file. Include the word count for the Microfiction, top right, first page.
  • Do not add cover pages
  • No illustrated work


The judges’ decision is final. No individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries. The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to change the judge without notice.


Copyright remains with the author, but The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to publish extracts from any of the 10 shortlisted Microfictions for publicity purposes.

Results & Awards

The Microfiction 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize-winners will be announced on the website and social media in June 2024. The 10 short-listed entries will be published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology 2, which will be launched at our awards ceremony in October 2024.

Bursary Scheme

In 2023-2024, we will be offering 100 FREE ENTRY BURSARIES across all our competitions to writers on low incomes, and from underrepresented groups. You can apply for a bursary if low income, class, race, age, gender, sexuality, caring responsibilities, location, disability, or mental and physical health affects your writing. We want to encourage equality to discover quality new writing from diverse voices. Click here to apply for our Bursary Scheme.


The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to amend the rules, deadlines, and judges, where it deems necessary. Any changes to the rules will be posted on our website.

If you have a query about eligibility, please contact: hello@theplazaprizes.com

Enter by pressing the big orange button below.