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Flash Fiction Contest 2016 LONGLIST

Story Title

Author

Plans

Adam Soto

Patchwork

Agnes Van Zyl-Pandur

The Gown

Aisha Phoenix

Dirt

Alan Humason

In the Bag

Alice O’Keeffe

A Box of Feathers

Alison Clark

The Dawning

Alison Miller

Main Street Bridge

Amy Jomantas

Gorilla Trek

Amy Percy

Gin on Rye

Andrea Simenstad

The Engagement

Ann Groves

Brussels, Cecile 1925-

Anne O’Brien

Brother

Annette Sills

The man from Broughty Ferry

Avril Erskine

The Angel And The Harp

Barry McKinley

I Don’t Like Rice

Beryl Brown

Never Born

Bjel Bakker

Face at the Window

Bjel Bakker

David Bowie Evil Star

Bjel Bakker

Ze Arigo’s Knife

Bjel Bakker

Otrabanda

Brie Sherow

Checking and Taking

Brooks Bigart

Charlie

Carla Porter

Affluent

Carly Roberts

The Art of Secretion

Carolyn Gillum

HOT PANTS

Carolyne Nurse

Sun

Cathy Farnworth

Eggshells

Charlie Rolfe

How it Went

Charlie Rolfe

Goldfish Mother

Chelsea Horne

Thinning the Crop

Christina Eagles

Summer Bedding

Christina Eagles

Conversations With My Mother #236

christina Sanders

Candlelight

christina Sanders

Ghost Tour

Christopher Allen

Mercy

Christy Passion

A Stark Submission

Clare Evans

The Phone Call

Clayton O’Driscoll

Statement

Colin Watts

Words are the Enemy

Damyanti Biswas

Zack’s Progress

David Steward

Real men don’t watch John Wayne movies

David Thorndill

The Great Jar

Dean Poland

The Crimson Backpack

Dean Poland

Pedigree

Deb Carey

November Mornings

Diane Lechleitner

The Salesman

donna foxcroft

A Little Autumn Story

Dorothy Murphy

A Little Diversion

Dorothy Murphy

Waiting

Edel McCarthy

I AM AMAZING

Edwin Mars

The Clotted Scent of Bone Marrow

Eileen Merriman

The Afternoon Slump

Eilish Smith

The Who Did You Tell Game

Elizabeth Edelglass

Under the catalpa tree

Elizabeth Simpson

Reprise

Elizabeth Simpson

White is for Widows

Ellie Walsh

The Eraser

Emily McMehen

Star

Emma O’Donoghue

Locus Criminis – Dungeness

emma roper-evans

May he lie in it

Emmaleene Leahy

A Soldier’s Requiem

Eric Newman

Evolution

Erinna Mettler

Francesca’s Birthday

Estelle Clarke

The Truth About Santa

Fernanda Dahlstrom

After Dinner Shots

Fiona Skepper

The Broken Nail

Francesca Folcarelli

The last ballet slipper factory

Frankie McMillan

The geography of a father

Frankie McMillan

Passivexation

Gael Lumière

Mojave

Gay Degani

(The) Rhythm of Life

Gayle Letherby

THE TOURIST

GEMMA DAVIES

The Ordeal

Geoffrey Benson

Depths

George Craig

The Bench

Georgia Maull

A Growl in the Dark

Gillian Walker

Maybe Then

Gustav Fimple

Science Sections

Harry Bauld

Catch and Release

Harry Bauld

Fifteen Minutes

Helen Aherne

Night Music

Helen Bralesford

Lost Husband

Hilary Hopker

American in Rome

Ian Seed

Single Variable Calculus: A Syllabus;
Or, a Primer on Integration by Parts

Ingrid Jendrzejewski

 

The Twelve Steps to a Better Friday Night

Izabella Grace

How hard can it be?

Jacek Artymiak

In The Early Evening
There Will Be Turndown Service

Jacqueline P Haskell

Bubbles in a Paperweight

Jacqui Scholes-Rhodes

Tattoo

James Emmett

doorstep monologue

James Pirandello

Waiting to meet Dylan Thomas

james woolf

Animae Maris*

Jane Roberts

A Grey Called Unaware

Janice Sorensen

Climate Change

Jay Kelly

Noted

Jean Jennings

Playing House

Jennifer Burke

Routine

Jenny Belardi

Doing Time

Jo Spencely

The Scar

Joanna Lane

Teenage Kicks

John D Kelly

Shadow or Shade

John O’Connor

GAR

Jonathan Pinnock

Last Letter

joseph meagher

Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Joshua Hren

The sound of one page ripping

Jude Higgins

The Geography of The Labyrinth

Julie Duffy

The Young Brown Bear

Julie Netherton

Sorry Doesn’t Live Here anymore

Juliet Faithfull

Fukushima Rice

Karen Ashe

Ears

Karen Ashe

Chameleon

Karen Ashe

News

Karen Coultas

The Strongman

Karl Egerton

Sullied

Keeley Mansfield

100 Men

Kelsey Russell

The Letter

Kitty Walker

Déjà Vu

Kristin Walrod

Sausages for Breakfast

Krystyna Rawicz

Talking to Strangers

Laura O’Brien

Another Word For ‘Birthday Hamster’

Laura Pavlo

New Lightness

Lauren Foley

The 8th

Lauren Foley

Erzulie Dantor

Laurence O’Dwyer

Red Earth

Laurie Theurer

THE SERVICE DOG IS REALLY
UNINTERESTED IN THE
FIGURE-WRITING SESSION

Laurin Becker Macios

 

The Travelator

 

Leanne Radojkovich

 

The Song

Len Lambrellis

SMS to Love

Les Zigomanis

Daisies

Lesley Cassidy

Pictures of Before and
Pictures of After

Lindsay Fisher

Ever Kiss a Man Near to Dying?

Lindsay Fisher

From the Customer Love Department

Lisa K. Buchanan

After

Lisa Taylor

Bon Voyage

Lorraine Doherty

Dancing in the Kitchen with
the Cabinets Open

Lorraine Lopez

Hello Dolly

Louise Cole

Katherine

Louise Wardell

Guidance

Lucinda Dopson

Noteless in Gaza

Lyn Broadhurst

The Tooth

Lynda Green

A Moral

Maggie Veness

We Are Eleven,
Some Of Us Are Twelve

Máire T Robinson

No Sex for Parrots

Mairide Woods

Concave

Marah Herreid

You Should Write

Marcia Peck

To Dao

Marcy Rae Henry

Manspreading

Marie Gethins

Into the Dark

Marie Gethins

Unseen

Marie Gethins

The Red Tango Shoes

Marie McMillan

A Fair Exchange

Mark Blackburn

Manufacture to Deceive

Mark Bremmer

God is a left-handed Japanese man

Mark Brom

Playing Possum

Mark Brom

Family Crucifix

Mark Stevick

The Mirrored Man

Mary Fox

My Life in a Skip

Mary Hanlon

Taken by a Gangsta

Mary Lennon

Unlocking Heaven

Mary T D’Arcy

Flight

Mary-Jane Gomm

Pinballs

Matilda Colarossi

Footsteps in the Dark

Matthew Butler

Freckle

Matthew Griffin

Hit and Run

Maureen O’Brien

Numerology

Melanie Bishop

Tulips

Melanie Cheng

House

Michelle Coyne

Something Wild

Michelle Elvy

And in the museum: triptych

Michelle Elvy

Twig

Michelle Wright

Shamie’s Birthday

Mike Mahon

Missed Appointment

Mike Timms

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Mikethewriter

Chicago: At the Beginning

Miriam Ben-Yoseph

A Dog Named Blue

mona sfeir

Is it a Good One ?

Monica Goldberg

Wild Larynx

Monica Goldberg

Windows Down

Mormei Zanke

Some Things Happen Twice

Nancy Ludmerer

In Memory of Maisie

Nancy Ludmerer

Learning the Trade in Tenancingo

Nancy Ludmerer

The Giant Girls

Natalia Theodori

The Woman With
the Upside Down Smile

Nicholas Cook

Cold Feet

Nick Smith

Do you have a neck?

Nicola Cassidy

GRANDPA MAX

Nigel Rowe

Shift of perspective

Nigel Tomlinson

The Manchester Weaver

P.S. Duffy

Little Boy Blue

Padraic Whyte

Manet’s woman

Pamela Obrien

The Nightworker

Pat Simmons

Dancing Man

Patricia Galligan Jackson

The View

Patrick Cotter

Storm, Unexpected

Patrick Parks

Room Service

patrick whitehouse

Fishtown Murder

Paul Freedman

pear shaped

pauline rooney

Into an Autumn Wind

Pearse Murray

I Had a Horse and
His Name Was Bill

Peter Garrett

ON GAGARIN PROSPECT

Peter Newall

Genesis 3 or the thing on her wrist

Philip Sealey

The £5.00 Note

Phillipa Warden Hill

The Painting

Phillipa Warden Hill

Writer’s Block

PJ Stephenson

Bursting

PJ Stephenson

Medea

Rachel Luria

Pasiphae

Rachel Luria

Choke

Rajesh Rana

Cost For Death, Life

Raymond Webb

Music to Remember

Rebecca Hayman

Seven Dates

Ren Watson

Cold Hands

Rhoda Greaves

Thick Skin

Rhoda Greaves

Justin Kershaw: A Life in Books

Richard Bond

Thirteen Ways of Killing a Scrub-Jay

Richard Holeton

Welcome to the Dirty World

Richard Schmitt

Memoirs of A Hairdresser

Rikki Parry

Rain

Rob Nisbet

Warrior

Robert Barrett

A Mother’s Love

Robert Barrett

A Promise is a Promise

Roberta Anthes

Bittersweet

Robin Jeffrey

Homeward Bound

Roger Vickery

Company all the same.

Ronan Carton

Peace on Earth

rosemary gerring

The Girl

Ruby Urlocker

QUATTRO FORMAGGIO

Russell Reader

Bocca Baciata

Ruth McKee

Last Supper in Gaza

Safia Moore

When She Was Good

Safia Moore

Papa Smurf’s Revenge

Safia Moore

THE BIRD

Sandra Jensen

Bomb, Sweat and Fear

Sandra McElroy

The Alphabet Story of Adolescence

Sara Roberts

Hugs For The Railway Man

Sarah Baxter

A Marriage In Winter

Sarah Baxter

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

Sarah Mann

Big Sister

Sean Joyce

Soldier On

Sharon Bader

Chatterbox

Sharon Bennett

Alarm

Shauna Colgan

The Rule of Thirds

shauna gilligan

October 29th, 1.17am

Sheila Armstrong

Peeling Potatoes

Sherri Turner

A Spin Doctor Speaks

Sherry Morris

The Carrying

Stephanie Shields

Lucinda’s Tale

steve best

A Breath

Steve Giese

Should Have Gone To . . . . .

Sue Banister

Wordless World

Susie Saary

Looping

Suzanne Kehde

nobody

Suzanne Verrall

hit

Suzanne Verrall

Forty Years On

Tabatha Stirling

Oxygen and Wine

Tammy Bjelland

According to Luck

Tessa Milligan

Tiger Balm

Tessa Milligan

Mary and Leanne and Mother

Tim Shea

Death by Embarassment

Tim Taylor

The Wishing Chair-o-plane

Tony Black

god taught me to give up on people

Tracey Slaughter

Split Wood

Trevor McGregor

Normal Tuesday

Tyler Powell

Taking the piss

Vincent Marmion

Some sort of love story

Virginia Jealous

A Quarter Pound of Tea

Vivienne Kearns

Revelation

Wiebo Grobler

Talk to me

Wiebo Grobler

Listing Marriage

William Davidson

SNIP, SNIP

william wilson

Final Words

Zach Agnew

Words Sought and Unsought

Zoe Comyns

 

 

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Poetry Results + Short and Long Lists

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