I have something a little different for you this week… a competition.

The Roses Mini Saga Competition is a venture I’ve embarked on with a friend of mine, Sally-Rose Runham. In its inaugural year we limited entries to three local writing groups to check our processes but in this, its second year, we have opened it up internationally. If you are a writer and have wandered this way, we hope you will give our competition your consideration. Here are all the details.

What is a Mini Saga?

A mini saga is a fun way to tell a story in 50 words exactly, with a title of no more than 16 words.

It should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and some period of time should pass through the story.

The Guidelines and Rules

Any theme is accepted and the number of entries is unlimited. The fee is £2 per entry. Members of the following writing groups, Huntingdon Writers, Mendlesham Writers and Needingworth Scribblers are permitted three free entries each in 2021 due to their support with the launch of the competition.

The deadline day for all submissions is by 11.59 pm on 28 February 2021 GMT.

Submissions should be made via our Roses Mini Saga Competition website HERE and an entry form is available there for collection of the 2021 round of entries from the 10th December 2020. If it is not there, for reasons I cannot fathom at present, please click HERE instead and you will be taken to the form.

Once you have entered you will be contacted by email for payment of the entry fee via Paypal. Please note your entry will not be complete until payment has been made.

Any entries found not to comply with the rules will be returned for further editing and resubmission.

Hyphenated words – try to avoid them, but, if essential, they will only be accepted if they are in the Oxford English Dictionary.

There will be at least one independent judge and all entries will be anonymously sent to them for judging.

Mini sagas previously entered, and even awarded prizes, in other competitions may be entered, and revised entries from 2020 may also be entered.


£75 first prize, £50 second prize and £25 third prize.

Prizes provided by Cambridge Projects (hereinafter called the ‘Publisher’) will be paid to the winners via Paypal.

Award Announcement

The Awards will be announced by email on 30 April 2021.


The winning entries and any other entries chosen at the discretion of the Publisher will be included in an anthology of mini sagas which will be available to buy from Amazon as either an eBook or paperback by the 1 July 2021. Copyright for each mini-saga will remain with the author.

If you want to see some examples of mini sagas The Roses Mini Sagas Anthology 2020 has now been published which you can find HERE or by clicking on the book cover image below.


Email Addresses

All email addresses for submissions made will be added to a mailing list at Mailchimp for the purposes of keeping entrants informed about anything to do with the competition, including the announcement of awards. Entrants will have the opportunity to unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time and the email addresses will not be passed on to any third party.


Enter to be in with a chance of winning a prize but, whether you win or not, if you would love to see your work published this is your opportunity. In the summer of 2021 you could be holding a beautiful paperback with your entry in it. Lovely!

Any questions? Ask away.


So, writers… are you going to give this little competition a go? I know several fantastic flash fiction writers out there so I’m hoping to hear from you, and I can’t wait to read your entries. Good luck!

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  1. Ooh. You know I love the micros. Right up my proverbial alley, Georgia. Sounds great!


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