Flash Fiction Contest 2016 LONGLIST

Story Title



Adam Soto


Agnes Van Zyl-Pandur

The Gown

Aisha Phoenix


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


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


Brie Sherow

Checking and Taking

Brooks Bigart


Carla Porter


Carly Roberts

The Art of Secretion

Carolyn Gillum


Carolyne Nurse


Cathy Farnworth


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


christina Sanders

Ghost Tour

Christopher Allen


Christy Passion

A Stark Submission

Clare Evans

The Phone Call

Clayton O’Driscoll


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


Deb Carey

November Mornings

Diane Lechleitner

The Salesman

donna foxcroft

A Little Autumn Story

Dorothy Murphy

A Little Diversion

Dorothy Murphy


Edel McCarthy


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


Elizabeth Simpson

White is for Widows

Ellie Walsh

The Eraser

Emily McMehen


Emma O’Donoghue

Locus Criminis – Dungeness

emma roper-evans

May he lie in it

Emmaleene Leahy

A Soldier’s Requiem

Eric Newman


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


Gael Lumière


Gay Degani

(The) Rhythm of Life

Gayle Letherby



The Ordeal

Geoffrey Benson


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


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


Jean Jennings

Playing House

Jennifer Burke


Jenny Belardi

Doing Time

Jo Spencely

The Scar

Joanna Lane

Teenage Kicks

John D Kelly

Shadow or Shade

John O’Connor


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


Karen Ashe


Karen Ashe


Karen Coultas

The Strongman

Karl Egerton


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


Laurin Becker Macios


The Travelator


Leanne Radojkovich


The Song

Len Lambrellis

SMS to Love

Les Zigomanis


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


Lisa Taylor

Bon Voyage

Lorraine Doherty

Dancing in the Kitchen with
the Cabinets Open

Lorraine Lopez

Hello Dolly

Louise Cole


Louise Wardell


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


Marah Herreid

You Should Write

Marcia Peck

To Dao

Marcy Rae Henry


Marie Gethins

Into the Dark

Marie Gethins


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


Mary-Jane Gomm


Matilda Colarossi

Footsteps in the Dark

Matthew Butler


Matthew Griffin

Hit and Run

Maureen O’Brien


Melanie Bishop


Melanie Cheng


Michelle Coyne

Something Wild

Michelle Elvy

And in the museum: triptych

Michelle Elvy


Michelle Wright

Shamie’s Birthday

Mike Mahon

Missed Appointment

Mike Timms



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


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


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


PJ Stephenson


Rachel Luria


Rachel Luria


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


Rob Nisbet


Robert Barrett

A Mother’s Love

Robert Barrett

A Promise is a Promise

Roberta Anthes


Robin Jeffrey

Homeward Bound

Roger Vickery

Company all the same.

Ronan Carton

Peace on Earth

rosemary gerring

The Girl

Ruby Urlocker


Russell Reader

Bocca Baciata

Ruth McKee

Last Supper in Gaza

Safia Moore

When She Was Good

Safia Moore

Papa Smurf’s Revenge

Safia Moore


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


Sharon Bennett


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


Suzanne Kehde


Suzanne Verrall


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


Wiebo Grobler

Talk to me

Wiebo Grobler

Listing Marriage

William Davidson


william wilson

Final Words

Zach Agnew

Words Sought and Unsought

Zoe Comyns



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Dog Day

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Altergeist – a novel by Tim Booth

You only know who you can’t trust. You can’t trust the law, because there’s none in New Ireland. You can’t trust the Church, because they think they’re the law. And you can’t trust the State, because they think they’re the Church And most of all, you can’t trust your friends, because you can’t remember who they were anymore.


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The Woman Who Swallowed the Book of Kells – Collection of Short Stories by Ian Wild

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News & Articles

Poetry Prize 2024: Results

15th May 2024
  Winners Short-list Long-list     Here are the winners of the Fish Poetry Prize 2024, selected by Billy Collins, to be published in the Fish Anthology 2024. Below you will find short biographies of the winners and the Long and Short Lists. From all of us at Fish we congratulate the poets whose poems […]

Short Story Prize 2023/24: RESULTS

10th April 2024
Winners Short-list Long-list   On behalf of all of us at Fish, congratulations to all of you who made the long and the short-lists.  Apologies for the delay in this announcement. The 10 winners will be published in the Fish Anthology 2024. The launch will be during the West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Ireland – […]

Flash Fiction Prize 2024: RESULTS

10th April 2024
Winners Short-list Long-list   From all of us at Fish, thank you for entering your flashes. Congratulations to the writers who  were short or long-listed, and in particular to the 11 winners whose flash stories will be published in the Fish Anthology 2024. The launch will be during the West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Ireland […]

Short Memoir Prize 2024: RESULTS

1st April 2024
Winners Short-list Long-list   On behalf of all of us at Fish, we congratulate the 10 winners who’s memoir made it into the Fish Anthology 2024 (due to be launched in July ’24 at the West Cork Literary Festival), and to those writers who made the long and short-lists, well done too.  Thank you to Sean […]

Launch of the Fish Anthology 2023

12th July 2023
Tuesday 11th July saw the launch of the 2023 Anthology in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry. Nineteen of the fourty authors published in the anthology were there to read from their piece, travelling from Australia, USA and from all corners of Europe.             Read about the Anthology More photos of the […]

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