Webb Space Telescope 'What's Out There?' Flash Fiction Contest

Webb Space Telescope 'What's Out There?' Flash Fiction Contest

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Webb Space Telescope 'What's Out There?' flash fiction contest! Grand prize of $250.

Winners Announced!

The winners of the Webb Space Telescope 'What's Out There?' Flash Fiction Contest

Grand prize:

What would you look for with the James Webb telescope? by Guenevere Lee


A Sign From Space by Stellanotte

Flying Saucers by Mark William Hurst

Please join me on congratulating the winners and all of the contest entrants! They all helped us explore the vast universe we will live in just a little bit. 


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The contest is now closed and the judges are reviewing your entries. Thanks for entering! We will have an update in 2-3 weeks. 

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Take a look at the picture above. 

It's a just-released first image from the Webb telescope showing the deepest view of the universe ever seen. According to NASA:

"Thousands of galaxies including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground...The image shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago."

In 300 or fewer words, write a story about the image. The challenge of flash fiction is to create a thought-provoking story within the tight word constraints of the writing form. 

The story can be any genre as long as it is based on the picture.


  • One winner will receive
    • $250 in cash
    • Promotion across Booksie
    • A gold contest badge
    • $15 in ebooks from the Booksie bookstore.
  • Two runners-up will receive:
    • $50 in cash
    • Exposure across Booksie
    • A silver contest badge.


The cost to enter is $4.99 for regular members and $2.50 for Premium members (Premium members receive a 50% discount on all contest entries).


Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the most common questions are answered in our contest rules


Is there a word limit on contest entries?

Yes, this is flash fiction. The maximum length of your story is 300 words.

Can I enter as many stories as I want?

Yes, you can enter an unlimited number of stories.

Do I have to be a member of Booksie to enter?

Yes, you must be a Booksie member but membership is free. If you are not a member, you can easily become one as part of the entry process.


About Booksie Contests

Booksie is an online writing platform to help writers tell their stories and promote their written work. It is not a publisher and does not take any ownership of the writing posted to the site. Booksie has run writing contests for the last three years. Our sister writing workshop site, TheNextBigWriter, has run writing contests for the last thirteen years. Click here to view a list of previous Booksie winners.



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