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LONGLIST Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2014

278 stories longlisted
(1,250 stories submitted in total)

Protégé A.B. Speake
The First Thing I Do A.B. Speake
Full Irish Adrian Wistreich
Agnes Does Not Live Here Anymore Aida Lennon
The Shape of a Heart Aidan Miller
DIG Alex Lockwood
HANGI DAY Alex Reece Abbott
We Ali Svenson
We Used To Play At Husband And Wife, Never Mum And Dad. Alice Frecknall
Pocket Book Alison Moore
Alone Allison Getty
Wake Bleary AM McCormack
Clowns Amanda O’Callaghan
All the perfumes Amanda O’Callaghan
Value Amanda Oosthuizen
Freedom Amber Fales
Without Amy O’Neil
Crocodiles Andre Mangeot
When the Wind Blows Andrea Hughes
Birdman Andrew Dawson
The Trouble With Men Andy Shearer
EMIGRATION Angela Rojter
A Whiff of Lilac Anita Lehmann
Talking About Horses Anna Baness
Hot Dog anne shewring
Anomaly Anne-Marie Hoeve
Empathy Anne-Marie Hoeve
The ex-lover’s gifts Anthea Lacchia
The Orange Scarf Austin Veldman
Dios Dira Axayacatl Velasco
Without Gingersnaps Barbara Mertus
YOU SEE A SHOOTING STAR Beatriz Gartler
White Wedding Becky Lucas
Timbuktu Beejay Silcox
The Catch bernard lord
A Sultry Day bernard lord
A BURNING DESIRE bill Simpson
Wrong Entrance Bren Gosling
They Know I Have To Work brenda mezick
The Summer Holiday Brian Bell
No Future Brian Bell
Once a home Brian O Beirne
Cookies Brian Spellman
Time to Go Bronwyn Cozens
THE FUNERAL DRESS Carmen Estevez
Remember, Remember… Carol Caffrey
Lipstick Lives in the Shop Caroline Auckland
Alter ego Caroline Brett
no fixed abode caroline moir
The Marble Catherine Watkins
Nanna’s Shadows Catherine Wilson
The Big Rock Catriona Shine
Orla didn’t have lights on her bike and it was getting dark Ceridwen Buckmaster
LOST CARGO Cheryl O’Brien
A Burnt out Case Chris Lakeman Fraser
Thirteen Christina Eagles
Stony Looks Christine Todd
Aimless Love Claire Sadlier
Plumbing Colin Watts
a touch of mustard Conor Keane
Hagar Playing Goalie Courtney Sender
At My Turned Back Cynthia Hyde
Fourfather (sic) Daniel Perry
The Jug Daphne Kalmar
A Clean Break Daphne Kalmar
The Map Darothy Durkac
re: Long Stay Guests dave lordan
Old School Ties David Smith
Marseille David Steward
Driven Debbie Willox
Resus Deborah Rickard
Resus Deborah Rickard
Blue-Sky Thinking Deirdre Daly
Long Live the King Derek Leif
Counting Dervla Browne
Road Kill Donna McLaughlin Schwender
Marbles E.N. Loizis
Communion Eamon Murphy
Hoisted By Your Own Petard Ed Spencer
The Heart Thieves Eleanor Talbot
THE MAN MET THE WOMAN Elisabeth Avery
Life Saving Skills Elisabeth Sennitt Clough
Flying Fish Elizabeth Peterson
The Pick-Me-Up Emma Bladen
The Phantom Pick-Me-Up Emma Bladen
Echoes Eran Wesselius
Promotion Eric Knight
Soup Eric Schellenberg
Dead Esther Newton
The Apple Farmer and the Bride Price Evelyn Adesida
Going back Francis Hayes
Awkardness Francis Mulhern
A Train Gabriel Flynn
Death of a Hairless Man gavin vance
The Fix Up George Harrar
Re: holes Gerry Dorrian
Re: holes Gerry Dorrian
The Way He Made Tea Ginny Horton
Mr. Words Grant Gerald Miller
The Oarsman Greg Spracklin
Rat on a Roll Hannah van Didden
School Bus Hanne Winkler
Wise to the Hard Facts Hermina Burns
Baobab Hilary McGrath
Introduction Ian Harrison
Pickled Idris Nook
Message in a Milk Bottle Izabella Grace
Just one more thing from a long list of many Jacqueline P Haskell
The Audience Jacquelyn Schneller
Projections Jane Peranteau
Master Genus Jane Williams
A Better Husband Jane Williams
Parched Jeanette Sheppard
Betty Jennifer Burke
Corpus Jennifer McGrath Kent
Shadow Joal Hetherington
Moon Garden Joal Hetherington
Beyond Joan Renino
French Vanilla Joan Renino
August 1961, Berlin Joanna Campbell
Elinor, Who Does Not Kneel Joanna Pocock
The Same Backwards Joe Evans
Untethered John D Kelly
The Darkness John Ingrisano
Tease John Robinson
A Little Tin John Stockdill
Fifty Three Seconds Jonas Kubitscheck
About the Author Joy Manne
The Lottery Jude Higgins
Little machine guns, not yet silenced Judy Birkbeck
Friends Forever Judy Brownsword
Angel of Death Judy Brownsword
White Matter Julianna Holland
A marriage Kamalakshi Mehta
Changeling Kate Forlong
Icarus Katharine Brown
In the Long Dry Grass Kathy George
Setting Keeley Mansfield
Moment Kevin DeLuca
If The Spirit Moves You Kevin Leahy
Catching the Sun Kevin Scott
In a certain sense, the Good is comfortless Kimmo Rosenthal
Hawk Lani O’ Hanlon
Mass Grave, Ukraine Laura Lauth
CONTACT Laurie Murphy
Sand Snake Laurie Theurer
He Looked Into Her Eyes Len Lambrellis
Na zdrowie (Bless You) Liam Garnett
Just Like Mimi Linda Foster
Drunk Dad Fairy Linda Moser
The Rope Lisa Carey
French Toast Luan Goldie
Pedestrian Luke Temple
In The Drifts Luke Temple
Stirring Mackenzie Pitcairn
George Madeleine D’Arcy
EAT Maggie Veness
The Undertaker’s Eye Mandy de Waal
Aide Memoire for A Long Distance Swimmer Mandy de Waal
A Fist of Dreaming Stones Mandy de Waal
Unfinished Business marc littman
Poetry in Paris Marcella O’Sullivan
Oryza sativa Marcy Rae Henry
To tao Marcy Rae Henry
The Analyst Margaret Ries
Oh Brother Marie McAleer
The Tourist Mark Arnold
On the seventh day She created bananas Mark Fiddes
High Tech Hemingway Mark Scott
Home Safe mary healy
Flight Mary Jane Gomm
The Monster Matilda Colarossi
If Found, Call Me Immediately Matthew Villarreal
Flood Maura O’Brien
Good neighbours maureen flynn
The Visit Maureen Harkin
Eleanor Meri Spencer
These People Michael Connon
The Heat and Quickness Michael Culbertson
AAAA Moon vampire Michael Morrissey
FOOD OF LOVE Michelle Allford
The Knitters Michelle GAllen
Breakdown Michelle Wright
Troubled Waters Migel Jayasinghe
To Sleep Mike Greenhough
Winner alright Mike Mahon
Mother Runs Natalie Newman
100 lbs. Natasha Mackey
The Frog Clan Neil Tarpey
Mondays and Fridays nickie lambrinakou
Size 10 (UK) Nicola Silke
Alexander Nicolas Niarchos
End of the Bar Noel Wills
Jack Orla Donoghue
Something Less than Couth Oscar Windsor-Smith
Johnny Lost his Head…..Again. Pablo Handriko
Jack and the Bankstalk Pablo Handriko
Appointment Pablo Handriko
Hereafter Parrish Young
Rich Pickings Pat O’Shea
Preparing The Vegetables Pat O’Shea
The Lineup Patricia Jackson
An Amoral Tale patricia kane
Daddy Patrick Byrne
Ocean View Patrick Curran
Elevator #1 Paul Freedman
Elevator #3 Paul Freedman
Bit By Bit Pauline Brown
The People’s Wok Pauline Brown
Me & Dixie Peeta Marie Reynolds
Tommy Needs a Woman Peeta Marie Reynolds
Something Loud Peter Ryan
Majesty Petra Perkins
They Do This to Prove How Air Pressure Can Create Lift as Long as there is an Angle of Attack Rachel Fenton
Cityscape Rachel Peters
Drone Ray Dolphin
In Rain Raymond Gohery
An Island Harvest Raymond Gohery
Cost For Death, Life Raymond Webb
Satiation rebecca rebecca
I Do/Two Syllables rebecca rebecca
Counting Cassiopeia rebecca rebecca
On School Days Rhoda Greaves
Little Swan Rhoda Greaves
Fall for Me Rhoda Greaves
A Sad Circle of Gold Rhonda Collis
Enough to Wake the Dead Richard Bond
Counting Richard Reitzfeld
The Duck Man Richard Reitzfeld
A Dish Served Cold Rina Piccolo
First Robert Grossmith
Satsuma Roger Kirkpatrick
Avon calling Roger Vickery
Heart By-pass roisin hogge
HIM Roisín O’Donnell
The Science of Forgetting Roisín O’Donnell
The Holland Metaphor Rose West
Mary’s Cake Roy Davimes
Payback Ruby Speechley
A Theory of Relativity Sally Ashton
Shauna’s List Sandra Danby
Teenage Sniper seamus scanlon
Levelling-Up sean coffey
Compulsory Mourning – 1944 Sheila Llewellyn
When The Power Went Simon Cornish
ONLINE DATING Sohrab Fracis
I Say Things Stefanie Pfammatter
Menu Stephen Percival
Overture to Expo Stephen Smith
To the Daughter of Saint Gawain Steve Wiley
Night Dance of the Wild Kings Steve Wiley
Delphine Sue Crowder
BEGUILED Susan A Eames
Care Susan Howe
Two dogs Susanne Stich
Bestiary Susanne Stich
The Therapist’s Dilemma Tamara Jones
Last Saturday’s Dream Tamara Jones
Arrival Thivakaran Narayanan
Bettie Thivakaran Narayanan
WISTERIA THOUGHTS trish leake
Veneers Ursula Mallows
Three Flash fiction stories Ute Carson
Excuse for a Criminal Val Melhop
A Connection Valerie Ryan
Monster Vanessa Savage
MY SISTER Veronica Bright
THE INTERIM FLOOR Vitaly Olshevsky
Unfair Attention wendy Price
Wake Up Wiebo Grobler
Pie Wiebo Grobler
Defence Case William Davidson
The Quarry William Davison
Passport Control Yasmin Khan Murgai
Saving Habi Yvonne Jackson
The Pass Zoe Green

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