Cambridge Museum of Technology Flash Fiction 2019

Rules, Guidelines and Prizes

Please read the following rules and guidelines carefully:

Rules of entry:

  • The competition opens on Friday 17th May 2019 and closes at midnight on Friday 12th July 2019.

  • The competition is open to entrants between the ages of 10 and 20. There are two age range categories: 15 years old and under and 15+.

  • Multiple entries are permitted, provided each is submitted on the official entry sheet accompanied by the author information. Entry forms are available here.

  • Entries may be withdrawn from the competition by notification sent to the email address

  • All entries are judged anonymously. Experienced readers assist the named guest judge in selecting the shortlist. Judges’ decisions are final.

  • Winners will be contacted via email by the Friday 19th July 2019.

  • Copyright of each entry remains with the author. The competition organisers will contact winners before publishing their story on the website or forwarding it to any other party.

  • Entries should be submitted to or to

‘Flash Fiction’

Cambridge Museum of Technology,

The Old Pumping Station,

Cheddars Lane,


CB5 8LD.


Guidelines for story writing:

All entries,

  • need to have a Steampunk theme and/or be set at the pumping station where the Cambridge Museum of Technology is situated.

  • must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not have been previously published (whether in print or online), broadcast, or have won/been placed in any other competition. (Entries which have been short-or long-listed elsewhere are fine.)

  • can be set at any point in the pumping station’s history (from 1892 onwards).

  • must be written in English and be between 500 and 1000 words in length (not including the title). Stories that fall outside this word length will be disqualified.



  • 6 winners will be selected from the entrants. Three will be from the ‘15 years old and under’ category and three from ‘15+’ category. All winners will be invited to Cambridge Museum of Technology to take part in a character design workshop with artist Daniel Pearce on Sunday 11th August 2019. Unfortunately, no alternative dates are available and there are no cash alternatives.

  • An overall winner will be selected from the 6 winners. They will work with Daniel Pearce to develop the illustrations for their story. They will also receive a formatted e-copy of their illustrated story. There are no cash alternatives to this prize Top.