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LONGLIST Flash Fiction Prize 2015

200 flash stories longlisted
(1285 flash stories submitted in total)

Jeffery Abbie Tingstad
Miracle Adam Tamashasky
Third Course Alan Cole
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR Alex Reece Abbott
A FREE LUNCH Alex Reece Abbott
SOMETHING SWEET TO FINISH Alex Reece Abbott
The Gentleman Alistair Daniel
Shooting Season Allison Browning
Escape Angela Hickey
The Hungry Goddess Anita Lehmann
#Teaching Moment Ann-Marie Jerman
Late-Night Takeaway Anna McGrail
Penelope Anna McGrail
The Man in her Bed Anne Crosse
Shadows and Dreams Annette Bower
through slipstreams AYDIN MEHMET ALI
The Little Girl Inside Me Beata Anna Fijalkowska
Ivy Bernadette Gallagher
Tipping Point Bernie McQuillan
The loves of Efraim Cotter Beth Evans
Daughter Beth Grosart
GOTCHA Breda Nathan
The Button at the End of the World Brian Quat
Fruit Vines Bridget Helwig
Doubling Down Bruce Christiansen
THE RIDE Brynn Carroll
The Bird Kitchen bryony doran
Why? C Pringle
You Should Have Known Calysta Sylvester
I might go to Spain Carol Jones
The Transformation Caroline McCartney
First Time Carrie Beckwith
Not so Flash Carrie Beckwith
New Years Eve Celine Mescall
The Final Celine West
The soul is symphonic
(Little Red Riding Hood in midlife)
Ceridwen Buckmaster
Too good to be true Charles Knightley
Comrades Charlie Weaver Rolfe
Trash Fish chloe wilson
Gravity Christian Cook
Full Circle Christina Eagles
Pierrot Christina Eagles
How to Survive christina Sanders
Making a Man christina Sanders
My Hewo CJ Hribal
Witness clare proctor
Banana Squash clare proctor
Promises clare proctor
Men in Elk Country Coleman Pape
Horny Toad Colin Houghton
Winter Crystal Huynh
Suburban Spy Cynthia Buck
HOLIDAY CONVERSATIONS IN
MARRIED LIFE
damien donnelly
She Nose Dave Joy
The Comedy David Armstrong
A Small Price David Steward
Life in Lost Canyon Dawn Lowe
Why Dawn Lowe
Falling Short of a Lou Reed Song Deirdre Daly
Rapunzel Deirdre Daly
A Small Inconvenience Denise Drespling
50 Years Derek Keane
When Lorca Broke My Heart Devon Ronner
Too Close for Comfort E.L Norry
Noise Eamon Mc Guinness
The Muse Emily Devane
Life Sentence Emma Rea
A Taste for Rednecks Ericka Olsen Stefano
The Flute Evelyn Walsh
Billy Filipa (aka ‘Kaori’) Komuro (aka ‘Crawford’)
Family Holidays Gillian Walker
Only you’re not Gina Headden
The Proposal Hannah Shepard
Wasted Iain Napier
Dmitri my friend Iain Napier
Jackpot Iain Napier
Flash Ian Duckworth
A Prodigal Prays For
Harlem in Winter
Isabella David McCaffrey
Forwards, backwards, sideways Jackie Burgoyne
Wait Jackie Davis
Love Post GFC James Balian
Misconception James Murtha
Her First Steps Jamie Stacey
The Love I Don’t Tell Jamie Stacey
The Plastic Banana Jane Avery
The wish list Jane Fraser
When the power goes off Jane Fraser
There you go Jane Fraser
Burying the Truth Jane Rogers
Tea time Janet Duignan
The games people play Janet Duignan
Butterfly Buns Jason Akehurst
Song Jason Jackson
Girl, Bridge Jason Jackson
Paper Chain Dolls Jennifer Cairns
The Professor Jerome McFaden
The marriage of Lennie and Mike John Mulligan
Shadow or Shade John O’Connor
Our Billy John Stockdill
Cheesecloth John Wheway
Exclusive Control Jon Nixon
THE POWER OF FRIGHT JONATHAN FRANK
The Switch Jude Higgins
Upstairs Downstairs Jude Higgins
White Matter Julianna Holland
The Age of Progress Karen Baker
Regrets Kate Mahony
Camp B Katerina protopsaltis
The World of Modern Ballet Katerina protopsaltis
TV VS WALKING Katerina protopsaltis
Lana’s Day as a Poet Katherine West
The Dog Will Be Fine Katherine West
The Golden Toilet Kenneth Francis
The Re-gifting of Sisterly Love Kerrin O’Sullivan
Before the Tsunami Kirsty Seymour-Ure
Jill Kyle Macdowell
68th street Larry Fondation
Beyond Inside Laurence Davies
Lost at sea Lee Farnsworth
Broken Lee Farnsworth
Cafe de Paris
(Geneva, Switzerland)
Linda Nemec Foster
The Life and Times of
Mary Margaret McBride
Linda Rathburn
Shopping List Lisa Derrick
The Presage Lisa Fransson
SERIAL DATER Loraine Felce
CARE (taking) Lynn Blair
The Task List Maire Ryan
Not thirty yet Margaret Callaghan
Falling Margo Barnes
Epilogue to a Cutter’s Handbook Maria Kaplun
Home Marie Boland
Tick-tock Marie Parkins
The Talent Marjorie K. Kennedy
Land Of Stones Mark Smith
Robots Mark Sutz
Wreck Mark Sutz
Com Marked
Macaroon Bar martin shiel
Three little words maureen flynn
The Great Wheel Turns Maureen Gallagher
The Shortest Distance
Between Two Places
Melissa Ostrom
SOMETIME AHEAD Michael Kirby
BLAST FROM THE PAST Michael Kirby
DARKROOM Michelle Allford
Nephew Michelle Coyne
Twig Michelle Wright
Rare Expectations Monica Goldberg
Earth Excavation Summary Monica Hileman
Regret Nancy Ludmerer
Tiffy Nancy Ludmerer
Transformation Nicholas Ruddock
Short back and sides. Noel Wills
Animals Pamela Banayoti
Fifty Knots Pat Murphy
Candy patria hatami
A Full House Patricia Demery
Oranges are not the only fruit Patricia Kyne
Thank You For Holding Paul Bassett Davies
Pigs for Breakfast Paul Rankin
His Journey Paul Stabell
Ice Pauline Murphy
An equal opportunities employer PJ Stephenson
The Other Lucy Jordan Polly Hall
A Fine Goodbye Ren Watson
The Bridge Richard Weems
Edacious Riona Judge McCormack
MACKEREL Robert Barrett
BOY Robert Barrett
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Roger Vickery
Soul-Surfing Ron Jones
Maud Yearns to Conform Rose Servitova
Fishing With Frank Sinatra Ruby Speechley
The Ride Rucha Modak
Road Kill Russell Reader
When Your Babies are Dried… Ruth Tamiatto
Storm Sara Roberts
Not a Party Girl Sarah Bianchi
Happy Birthday Victor seamus scanlon
The Parking Angel seamus scanlon
The Wardrobe Sharon Bennett
Appropriation Artist Sheila Mannix
Erika Dent has the Last Word Sheila Mannix
Compensation Simon Kensdale
Cancer Siobhan Devoy
Accidents Stella MacAleese
Dark Eyes Stephanie Shields
Trade-Off Sultana Banulescu
Boxing Day Susan McCreery
Bullet Points Susan Zatland
Missing Tony O’Prey
When Philippa Met Ava Tony Tysoe
What You Wish For Tom Scruton
MEET ME IN BELFAST trish leake
Falling Una Mannion
My father’s dog Veronica Bright
Buy One Get One Free Wallace Barnes
Barbs West Foster
Some Enchanted Evening Will Ingrams
A gap in the curtains William Konarzewski
Explanations Xanthi Barker

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