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LONGLIST Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2013

317 flash stories longlisted
(1,407 submitted in total)

Short Time adrienne hurgeton
The Sensei Agnes Van Zyl-Pandur
A Girl and a Vineyard are Hard to Guard Agnes Van Zyl-Pandur
Siren Song. Alan Keogh
Silence Alex Bruty
Falling Down Alexandra Grey
Two Birds, One Stone Alexandria Radogna
On the Buses Alice Nuttall
Kelp Alicia Bowes
The Boy with Clown Feet Alison Clibbens
Clown Amanda O’Callaghan
Mama, I Was Nine Amber Bruce
TUNDRA Amy Louise Meguira
The Linoleum Man Andrea Davies
Secret Maneouvres Andrea Hughes
Bed Head Andrea Hughes
Elements of a Truncated Genealogy Angela Rojter
Elements of a Truncated Genealogy Angela Rojter
The Intruder Ann Groves
Nothing to declare Anne-Marie Hoeve
Immaculate Anne-Marie Hoeve
Gourmet Grub Annette Renner
On Prestatyn Sands Annie Kilmartin
Space Anniken Blomberg
Twitch Switch anthony powers
house afire Ashley Kunsa
Phoenix Ashley Zhou
Clean Averil Meehan
LOSS Barbara Bridger
Pea in a Pod Barbara Unkovic
Knock, knock Barbara Unkovic
The Long Wait Barbara Unkovic
All Tangled Up Barry North
LEOPARD Beda HIggins
Excuse me Bev Clark
Bruised Legs Bev Smith
The Cellist Bina Shah
Lucky Bob Thurber
The tin Bonny Westmore
Spring feeling Bonny Westmore
Banks ? … No Thanks Breda Nathan
GAIA Brian Luby
GAIA Brian Luby
GAIA Brian Luby
Going Home Bridget O’Hanlon
Clouds Bronwen Griffiths
The Great Debate Bruce Stirling
The Duel Bryan Collins
Bodied Caedra Scott-Flaherty
Week Six Caitlin O’Connell
Modern Perceptions Carlie Lee
Pierced Carmel Lillis
The wooden spoon carmela chaill
Ruminant Carol Caffrey
Requiem for a Risen King (Who Spies the Globe Theatre) Caroline Greene
So, I get this voicemail from the wife. Cassie Gonzales
Hoarse Chesnut Cat Totty
Traffic Catherine Arra
First Communion Catherine Hannken
Elmina Catherine Watkins
Detoxification Cathriona Slammon
The Tutor Cathy Lennon
Aftermath Cathy Leonard
Clearing Hurdles Christina Eagles
The Club Christina Sanders
Attack on Central City Christopher Allen
The Mercy of a Stranger Ciara Ryan Harte
Rocky Claire Brown
Kaboom! Colin Hopkins
Old School Colin Watts
Spaghetti and Meat Balls Colin Watts
Getting the Wires Crossed Cynthia Hyde
Blanc Bling Cynthia Hyde
High Impact/Low Probability Dale Ritterbusch
My Shoes Daniel Smith
Resurrection Danielle McLaughlin
“Keeper of the Gloom” David Bayless
Debts David Fanthorpe
The Cop and the Kid David Hardy
CHANNEL 566 David Lipowski
Unsaid David McGrath
They’re On Your Head, Stupid David Salter
Best Taken With a Pinch of Salt Dawn Anderson
The Gathering Dawn Lowe
Human Jam Dean Poland
Virtue Deanna Ludwin
Actions Deborah Todd
Patty Walsh 1921-1985 Dennis Pells
Shoe, shoe, shoe recurring Don Wells
The Man and the Moon Dor Tabi
Birth: Truth-Telling E.M. Killaley
Birds in the Sky E.M. Killaley
Flying Elaine Donnelly
Redundancy Elinor Lobban
Into the Hornets’ Nest Elisheva Stanton
Lenten Sacrifice eliza homan
Flying Steerage Elizabeth Simpson
Stairs Ellen Barr
Mirror Cuts Ellen Kelly
An Unusual Morning Emilia Rudzinska
Misadventure Emily Pease
Birthday Emily Pease
Hog Killing Emily Pease
Now I Know Hector Emma Ignaszewski
Status Update Emma Lindsay
Badger Emmaleene Leahy
Deeply Regretted Eoin Devereux
SCRUFF Eric Weber
And Then Nothing Erik Lofroth
Anxious Moments Esme Hillis
Letters to Santa Esther Newton
Look back Eva Holland
Improper use Eva Holland
Memory in Morning Evan Daly
The Small Stuff Fiona Carey
IN A POCKET Fiona Clark Echlin
View From the Bridge Fiona Drury
The Tax Collector Fiona Whyte
Moose Fiora Elbers-tibbitts
Where’s the last stop? Frances Keane
The Cat’s Meow Frances Kenny
TOUGH to LOVE Frances Kenny
Samuel’s Cup Frances Spies
Livelong Franco Alonso
Scanned Franco Alonso
Within a Whisker Frank Woods
Naked Truth Frank Woods
Now Hear the Word of the Lord Frank Woods
I’m a celebrity gladiator; Get me out of the arena Gareth Wood
Chance Corner Gavin Eyers
Champagne Geraldine Clarkson
Union Geraldine Clarkson
The Ferryman’s Wife George Keithley
Malicious Intent Gerry Norton
Autumn Gillian Haigh
Battle Gillian Haigh
New rules Gregory Jackson
There for the races Hannah Shepard
Accounting Error Harold m
Famished Heather Herrman
Tipping-Point Helen Holmes
The Last Tooth Henrietta McKervey
Oldie Herbert DaCosta
One Last Family Tradition Herbert Lindee
Number Five Holly Bruce
Escape Velocity Ian Jones
A perfect couple Ilaria Mirabile
London Blue iris ansell
The Model Ship Isabel Roper
Lunch in the library islwyn williams
Bullyboys islwyn williams
The Performance J. Kirsch
His Perfect Planet Jack Timlin
Flash Gordon vs Herr Death Jacqueline Henry
Flurry Jacqueline Winn
A Long Distance Affair Jacqueline Winn
Jack Jacqui Halpin
Her day Jamie Walters
The Sermon Jane French
The Cat Rescuer Jane Kim
Wash Days Are Saturdays Jane Roberts
Credit Crunch Jay Arnott
There, By the Sea Jean Coulombre
Express Jennifer Burke
Rasputin’s Dog Jessica Argyle
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Gertrude Stein? Jessica Argyle
How You Helped Kill Me Early Jessica Felleman
Hunter Jo Dale
Blue-Eyed Boy Joan Conran
The Find of a Lifetime Joanna Bury
The Wasp Next Door Joanne Leonard
A Silent Prayer of Hope Joe Baxter
Incident On A Windswept Hill joe kilgore
Da’s Belt Joe Walsh
Michael John Hogan
The V-word John Karter
The Truck Story John Keefe
Last Flight John Robinson
The Belfast Train John Walshe
Looking Normal Jonathan McCabe
Confirmation Jonathan O’Brien
Rocks along the track Jonathan O’Brien
Party Joy Manne
Machinations Jude
Ida Sucks Jude Higgins
Late Call Judith Panny
Only Once? Judith Panny
Beans on Toast Judy Binning
Rue Julianna Holland
Broken Toys Julie Duffy
Rain Kalysta Strauss
Death or Escape Kalysta Strauss
Final Flash Kane Niwa
Imagine This… Kara Wickwire
Wall Karen Ashe
Giving It All Away Karen Hart
The Bathroom Karen Hollands
Nativity Play Kate Allan
It’s just a fucking Painting Kate Brown
The cane Kath O’Sullivan
Today I Confessed to Murder Kati Bumbera
No. Katie Zeigler
Killing Kay Cotton
Erasmus Darwin, Frail and Studious, Has an Opium Dream of the Future Ken Taylor
Preschool Ken Taylor
Another Coffee Kevlin Henney
Lists Khiara Ortiz
Lovebirds Kieran Lyons
Lighten Kieran Lyons
What Astronauts Do in Their Spare Time Kim Schroeder
Split Decisions Klara Flynn
Peach Stones KM Elkes
Jennifer’s Piano KM Elkes
Sisyphus And The Black Holes KM Elkes
Transportation kris fletcher
What I Thought I Would Have Done Kristi-Ly Green
Nature Lover kristine simelda
Mustard Heart L.A. Craig
The Sober Reality Laurie Duniam
Love with a Side of Butterscotch Lee Reilly
The First Time Lee Sheridan
Shards Lesley H
At the edge of the bed Lewis Harrison
Role Reversal Liam Kelly
The Boiler Man Linda Foster
Their Love Linda Moser
In Darien Linda Rathburn
Dexter’s Lover Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
The First Rule Lindsey McLeod
Knots Lisa Derrick
Missed Call Lori Schafer
Old Colonel Loris Clements
Sweet Revenge Lorna Cooper
Bone Louisa Scott
Hirsute Economics Louise Cole
Transfusion Lucho Payne
Food, Booze, Sex and Sorrow Lucho Payne
She waves Lucy Montague Moffatt
Tiny Bellows Luke Temple
Weed Lynn Blair
The Lost Art of Victorian Hairwork Lynne Beckenstein
Blood bond M Gethins
Nudge M Gethins
The Age of Sleeplessness Mai Nardone
Birch Mandy de Waal
Unclaimed Mandy de Waal
Sins of the Heart Mandy de Waal
Home Mandy de Waal
Little The Penguin manly banister
Sippin’ the Blood o’ God Almighty Margaret Sinclair
Every Dog Has Its Day Margaret Sinclair
A Wee Pink Shirt an’ All Margaret Sinclair
No Second Chance Margaret thomson
Exit Plan Margaret Wimberley
Big Issues Margie Wilson
Locked In Maria Powell
‘We’ Mark Arnold
The Tourist Mark Arnold
The Spider Mark Arnold
Chasing Tomorrow Mark Arnold
Those Lucky Nick Nacks Mark Fiddes
TWO GIRLS AND A MAN Mark G
Streethearts Mary Moorkens
All those special days Matthew Nicholls
Drawn to flaws maureen flynn
Bird Megan Kaiser
The First Michael Barrett
Devil on the Dashboard Michael Griffin
MAX / VANESSA / AMY Michael Morrissey
The Snow Garden Michael Packman
Public Enemy Michael Wells
Window Dressing Michael Wilson
Three Inches Of Skin Michelle Allford
Night-time Sonata michelle brock
Aquinas, Acid and Me Michelle Elvy
Snapper: A New Zealand Love Story Michelle Elvy
The digger Miranda Galloway
THE RAMA’S REVENGE mirian bethancourt
She Was Dying Myra Sherman
Max Nancy Ludmerer
The Last one Natalie Tompkins
On Ludlow and Rivington Nathan Senge
The Eagle, The Earth And The Dawn Nerryn Bennett
Try again later Niall Herriott
Break the Cycle Niamh O’Sullivan
Thirteen Niamh O’Sullivan
HUNTING BIG CAT Nigel Rowe
GRANDPA GEORGE Nigel Rowe
Amerikana Dreaming Nikita Nelin
Crocodile Nikolaj Volgushev
NO COMMENT Noel Wills
His Majesty Noreen Hyde
The Flying Man P.A. Jackson
The Last Time at 83 Pam Poole
Memory Pamela Medcalf
Many Worlds Panayotis Pakos
Empty Spaces Patricia Cunningham
The Auld Fella Patricia Demery
some mythology patricia kim
The Chair Patrick Lynch
X-mas Patrick Seaman
The Beard Paul Bassett Davies
Happiness Paul Currion
Tomorrow Paul Downton
The Bungee Bird Paul Ennis
A Quiet Night In Paul Ennis
Redemption Paul Michel
Nether land Paula Catherine Taylor
Where have you been? Pauline Slater
The Death Of Poetry Peter Findlay
Like Ink Into Water Peter Herring
Edinburgh Contradictions Peter Jump
Sweet Dreams Peter Williams
Getting a nose for writing Phil Carter
And So To Bed Phyllida Clarke
Binding Light Pina Musto
Leaf Polina Shipkova
Control Rachael Dunlop
Dark Spaces Rachel Adair
Sleepwalking Rachel Altizio
Her Story of Us Rachel Lee Glass
Homeland Rahul Paul
The Last battle Ranjit Bhaskar
The Fear of Creation Myths Rebecca Gimblett
Den Pirazi Rebecca Hall
White Girls 101 Rhiana Perry
The Singing Group Rhoda Greaves
The C-Word Riba Taylor
Baited Breath Richard Lutman
CHANNEL LOVE Robert Perchan
The Best Defence Robert Thayer
Complex Equations Romi Jones
The favourite daughter Rosalynn Lewis
The Last Straw Rosie Cullen
The Cycle of Life Ruby Speechley
Mistaken Ruby Speechley
The Madman Safia Shah
Cronbach’s Alpha Sally McGuire
Awake at Swallow Bay Sandra Lloyd
Sloe Gin For Christmas Sarah Baxter
A Touch of Glamour Sarah Garford
Council flat living Sarah Rice
Ink Sarah Sayed
Checkmate Saskia Christ
Life will grow again Scarlett Amber
The Dream Sean W Murphy
Timeless Shape-shifter Shana Thornton
Moments Shannon O’Reilly
Ode to a Nightmare Nurse Sharon Boyle
A Routine of Small Delights and Irritations Sheena Cook
I Already Knew my Next Victim Sheila Hooks
Freedom Sheila Llewellyn
The Staircase Shenaya Chinoy
The Inheritance sian hughes
The Treatment Simon Lewis
My word, my bond Simon Stott
Anchorhold Sinead O’Hart
The Toaster Sinead Gillett
Food Stella Turner
Imprint Stephanie Scott
Home Stephanie Scott
We Must Do Something about Dad Stephen Pullman
Papa and Pussy stevan rimkus
The Gallic War Steven Wolfe
Last Innings Sue Banister
In the Dead of Night Susan Fixter
Out of Sight Susan Howe
The Gift Susan Thomson
The incredible Rubber Man Suzanne O’Sullivan
Addiction Sylvia Jobar
One for the Road Sylvia Young
Just As I Am Talya Boerner
Soon Again There Would Be Dancing Ted Sheehy
Soon Again There Would Be Dancing Ted Sheehy
Entrepreneurship 101 Terraka Jones
If They Would Let Me Theresa Coulter
It happens Thomas Elliott
The End tim briggs
Trespasser Tom Scruton
Culinary Graduation Tony Beet
Ninotchka Tony Tysoe
I noticed Tracey Jennings
The Voice trish leake
The Gloryhole trish leake
HITTING THE WALL Umi Sinha
GOGGLES Umi Sinha
Veneers Ursula Mallows
Death Rehearsal Ute Carson
Lost Balls Veronica Bright
Away with the fairies Veronica Bright
Virginia Beach Victoria Kelly
A Ride to the Forest Vito Racanelli
Nowhere Wendy Ann Greenhalgh
Footprints Xenia Meath
No, Jeff, No Yael Nussbaum
Thank-you. zena ladd-whiting

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