The Elegant Art Of Falling Apart

By Jessica Jones

Sometimes we have to lose everything to understand this moment is all we have

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Falling Apart Flash Fiction Prize

It's your turn to shine.

The theme is: Falling Apart.

The word count is 250 maximum. Prose or poetry okay!


The prizes:
1. A beautiful signed flower portrait by Jessica Jones.

2. A signed first-edition hardback of The Elegant Art of Falling Apart

3. £20 of Unbound credits

All shortlisted entries will be published on the Unbound blog.

Closing date is midnight on Thursday 31st of May

Email your entry, including your full name, to

Any questions? Post them below.


Get inspired:

Jessica Jones talks about her memoir.

Read an extract from The Elegant Art of Falling Apart.


The Rules:

1. Closing date for receipt of entries is 31st May 2012 at midnight BST.

2. The maximum length of submissions is 250 words. There is no minimum length. Entries on the theme of 'Falling Apart' are welcome in any style.

3. All entries should be in English. 

4. There are no specific formatting requirements - font type, font size, line spacing etc.

5. One entry per author

6. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant. Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified. 

7. All entrants agree to have their work published on Unbound’s blog should they be one of the shortlisted authors. 

8. Any entrant wishing to withdraw a story from the competition must contact us by email before the closing date of midnight (BST) May 31st 2012.

9. Entry implies an acceptance of all the Unbound Flash Fiction Prize rules. Entries must be emailed to and include the entrants full name. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements will be disqualified.

10. By entering this competition you agree to subscribe to the Unbound newsletter mailing list. You can easily stop receiving newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the end of an email.

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Ian Wolf
 Ian Wolf says:

Two questions:

1) Can you add images to the entry?

2) If the image contains text, does the text count towards the 250 word count?

posted 17th April 2012

Jessica Jones
 Jessica Jones says:


What a question!

After lengthy technical conversations I have the answers:

1) Yes - as long as you are able to format it correctly in an email

2) Yes - that is to say, you may not include a photo of a transcript of King Lear in your entry and expect that to count as 250 words.

Good luck.

posted 18th April 2012

Ian Wolf
 Ian Wolf says:

Thanks for clearing that up. ^_^

posted 18th April 2012

Bryce Wilborn
 Bryce Wilborn says:

The entry can be... anything? Fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, adventure... as long as it fits the theme? Am I correct?

posted 27th May 2012

Jessica Jones
 Jessica Jones says:

Spot on Bryce.

posted 29th May 2012

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