Hello Flash Writers!
Thank you all for your patience. Our annual competition attracts hundreds of entries from across the globe. This year we received nearly 600 entries to our Micro-Fiction competition, which is mindboggling! We’d like to thank you all for entering and sending us such marvellous, tiny tales!
Our special thanks go to our incredible judges: Anne Patterson, Kevlin Henney, Rob Walton, Angela Readman, Tim Stevenson, and Ingrid Jendrzejewski. They’ve done a terrific job reading through all of the competition entries. Compiling a longlist, and then selecting winners, was no easy task.
These are the stories which were voted most highly by a consensus of the judges, making them the best stories out of the entries we received. Congratulations to those listed below, and to those who didn't make it: thank you for taking part and supporting National Flash-Fiction Day. Competition was fierce and we hope you will try again, and possibly take part in the other NFFD activities.
And so, with no further ado, in alphabetical order by title, here are the 27 stories that made the longlist:
‘1961, a snapshot’ by Kelly Davis
‘A Dying Fire’ by Chris Milam
‘alphaomegalullabylament’ by Tony Curtis
‘As Liquid is Poured’ by Sherry Morris
‘Brave’ by Catherine Edmunds
‘Confession’ by Alison Wassell
‘Fawn’ by Sacha Waldron
‘Fifth Grade’ by Brianna Snow
‘Fireflies in the Backyard’ by Kayla Pongrac
‘Geology of a Girl’ by Stephanie Hutton
‘Grown-Up’ by Alex Recce Abbott
‘How to Play Piano’ by Sherri Turner
‘Keepsake’ by David Mohan
‘Mango’ by Jennifer Harvey
‘Mass Migration’ by Mark Budman
‘Mermaids’ by Sally Syson
‘Ministry of Quiet Enjoyment’ by Colin Watts
‘Peacocking’ by Mike Scott Thomson
‘Prince of Sidewalks’ by Chris Milam
‘Sisters’ by Debra Fertig
‘Still Counting’ by Sarah-Clare Conlon
‘The Barley and the Eggs’ by Simon Sylvester
‘The Bridge’ by Joanna Michalak
‘The In-Between Hour’ by Christina Taylor
‘The Smoking Circle’ by Alison Wassell
‘Tinderfood’ by Vince Love
‘When Two Grandfathers Meet’ by David Mohan
Congratulations again to all who made the longlist. We’re not going to make you wait long to find out who the winners are… Results will be published here tomorrow afternoon!