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    Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroLight!

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroLight!

Are you capable of saying a lot in a little? Welcome to the Sweek MicroFiction Challenge! Write a short story of 200 words max, incorporating the word ‘light’ and win $50 as well as get published in the Sweek Microfiction book!

In each round, you need to incorporate a given word in an original and creative way (you micro fiction doesn’t have to be about that word, the word just needs to be somewhere in the story). The word of this fourth round is LIGHT. Join now!

How to participate:

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in

Step 3: Upload your story by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #Microlight either in the title, description or tags section (which is a part of Story Details) and description.

That’s it! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more readers!


Submission open: 21st of September – 13th of October

Winner announcement: 19th of October


Best Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Most Popular Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Top 10 best stories (shortlist): Featured on Sweek for 3 weeks


  1. The story must be tagged with #Microlight in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. Variation of the word is allowed, as long as the word ‘light‘ is fully in the variation (e.g. the word lightbulb is allowed)
  3. You can join any round of the challenge (so you can participate in the fourth round if you didn’t join any previous rounds)
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  5. The story must be written in English
  6. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 13/10/2017, 23:59 CET
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. The story can be any genre, as long as the word ‘light’ appears in the story. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime
  9. Most Popular Story is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the followers count is 18/09/17, 23:59 CET.
  10. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a self-published book. The author keeps all the rights. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print

Want to know more about our monthly MicroFiction Competition in general? Check out this blog post!


Julian Tunru
Julian Tunru is the author of the Dav Iven historical fiction series, creator of The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel, and self-confessed semicolon enthusiast.




K. Banning Kellum
K. Banning Kellum is a life-long resident of New Orleans, LA. A documentary actor, article writer and horror author, Kellum is best known for his Hyraaq Tobit series of horror stories. A proud husband and father, Kellum credits his love of family and the haunted history of New Orleans as his source of inspiration.




Amie Mcnee
Amie Mcnee is a writer from Sydney, Australia. She has just completed her first manuscript, a y/a fantasy and is mid way through her next work in progress, a historical fiction novel. Amie blogs about the ups and downs of the creative life, and reveals the tears, smiles and occasional breakdowns on her Instagram @inspiredtowrite.

  • Linda Artukovich, Reply

    I just submitted a story for #microlight under my pen name which I prefer to use. I'm not sure did it correctly.

    • Marta, Reply

      Dear Linda,

      Could you please contact us via support@sweek.com or our Facebook page with your Sweek username? We will check it for you.

  • Etheray, Reply

    I want to ask a general question for all microfiction contests. Are plural forms of the words you give allowed? Like dream--dreams/light--lights? Dreamt? Lighted?

    • Marta, Reply

      Dear Etheray,

      I do apologise for the delay in replying.

      Yes, we do accept the variations of the original form (as long as the word 'light' is fully written within the variation) as stated in the guidelines.

      Best wishes

  • Melissa, Reply

    It says that the winners were announced October 19th, but I cannot find the announcement of who won. Can you post the link?

    • Marta, Reply

      Hey Melissa,

      The winners are always announced via our Social Media channels.

      Here is the link to the shortlist: https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories/posts/1935432700054036
      And to the winning stories - https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories/posts/1935486846715288

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