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Monthly Challenge

We love to read work that's inspired by a writing prompt. It's fascinating to see how people interpret the same image or sound or piece of music in different ways and there's nothing we love more than a little writing challenge.

So... on the 1st of every month we'll upload a writing prompt. We'll alternate between a flash fiction and poetry challenge each month. This month it's flash. All you have to do is send us your flash fiction (500 words or less).


Because it's a challenge we think we should offer some reward. The editors will choose one worthy winner who will receive 30% of the total submission fees for that month's challenge. Yes, sorry we're going to have to charge for submissions - but hey, it's only the cost of a large hot chocolate at Starbucks, and so much more satisfying!

Here's this month's prompt (don't forget to read the small-print below):

Writing Prompt

Submission Guidelines 

  • Be kind to us. A sensible font, 12 point. Double-spaced for fiction. 500 words or less.


  • Please do not indent new paras or dialogue - just add appropriate line breaks. 


  • Please put 'Monthly Writing Challenge' in the subject box and type your name at the top of your work.


  • In the body of the email please include a third person author’s bio of no more than 75 words with any social media or personal website links and your PAYPAL reference number. 


  • Please send no more than one flash fiction piece.​


  • Send your piece as a word document attachment. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN PDF FORMAT.


  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if your story has been accepted elsewhere.


  • Unpublished and previously published pieces are welcome. 


  • There are a few things that will turn the The Phare's lights out; overtly transgressive, gratuitous violence and/or sex, religious intolerance, anything homophobic or racist. And sorry, we’re not the right place for YA or children’s literature.


  • By submitting your written work to The Phare Literary Magazine you are granting us non-exclusive rights to publish in our online journal at www.thephare.com and in any The Phare print journal or anthology. We will also be granted non-exclusive archival rights to display the written work for as long as The Phare exists. Copyright remains with the author.