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The Japan Writers Conference

This annual event brings writers together in various venues in Japan. Writers are mostly ex-pats and many are also language teachers.

For more information visit the Japan Writer's Conference website.


International Flash Fiction Competition


Now in its fourth year, the International Flash Fiction Competition is awarded to the best unpublished piece of fiction of 100 words or less. Writers can be from any country, and a maximum of two entries are permitted per person. Stories must be written in English, Arabic, Spanish or Hebrew, original, and unpublished.

The winning story will be awarded the considerable prize of $20,000, with the best stories from each of the remaining three languages also receiving a $2000 runner up prize. Entry is free and stories can be on any subject.

The competition is an initiative of the Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation, a private, non-profit, non-denominational organisation which aims to support and promote dialogue between different countries. Last year 22, 571 writers from 119 different countries entered the competition, with participation expected to exceed that number this year.

Click here for further information about the International Flash Fiction Competition.

Looking for a few tips before entering the competition?  Read Bernardine Evaristo’s article on what makes a good short story here.

For news of more opportunities, connect with Commonwealth Writers on twitter @cwwriters and facebook.


Pecha-Kucha night (20 slides – 20 seconds per slide) is held in hundreds of venues around the world. Feel free to join one in your local area and do a presentation about The Font, as we have done here in Japan. There's also lot's of other creative initiatives to hear about! It's well worth checking out!


Writing Conferences & Festivals

A guide to writing conferences, writing workshops, writing retreats, writing centers, residencies, symposiums, plus book & literary festivals. Visit:



This wonderful idea brings like-minded people together all over the world. Look for a writer's or English teacher's Meetup group in your city. If there isn't one already, you can start one.