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Flash Fiction Prize 2021: Results, Short & Long-lists

Winners

Short-list

Long-list

 

From all of us at Fish, Congratulations to the writers whose Flash Stories were short or long-listed, and to the 10 winners.


 

Winners

Kathy Fish - judge of the Flash Fiction Prize 2021

Here are the 10 winning Flash Fiction Stories, as chosen by Kathy Fish, to be published in the
FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021.

Comments on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd flash stories are from Kathy Fish, who we sincerely thank for her time and expertise. 

 


 

FIRST PLACE

Both On and Off   by Jack Barker-Clark (Yorkshire, UK)

¨I love the inventiveness of the storytelling in this piece. The repetition and the sentence fragments create a strong rhythm, like a drum beat or heartbeat. I admire what a large expanse of story is conveyed in this way, how much we know of this life by the time we get to the end. This is due to the powerful use of specific details all throughout. It’s moving and vivid and so emotionally resonant. A masterful piece of flash fiction.¨ – Kathy Fish

 

SECOND PLACE


Cataracts and Dogberries   
by Shey Marque (Australia)

¨I really appreciate the humor woven through this story and how it leavens the sadness. This story is beautifully written and deftly sidesteps sentimentality. The misspoken bits create compelling layers of meaning to the point where I wondered if they truly were misspoken. This writer leaves room for that wonder, lending complexity to the piece.¨ 

– Kathy Fish

 

THIRD PLACE

Ouija   by Alexandra Blogier (Massachusetts, USA.)

¨This story demonstrates effective use of nuance and subtext to very economically create a story with layered meaning and emotional resonance. This writer trusts in the reader’s empathy and intelligence. I love the use of the imperative here as well. The last two lines give a palpable sense of hope. Really lovely.¨ – Kathy Fish

 

 

SEVEN HONORABLE MENTIONS (In no particular order)

 

Lion   by Kirsty Seymour-Ure (Le Marche, Italy.)

 

 


Desert   
by Roland Leach (Perth, Australia)

 

 

Top Ten Reasons Why Pied-Noirs
are Good at Packing Suitcases   
by Laurence Gea (Cork, Ireland)

 

The Day Amy Kinona Became Invisible   by Sharma Taylor.  (Jamaica)

 

 

 

Skeleton in the Cupboard   by Katherine Powlett (Norfolk, UK)

 

 


What My Parents Were Wearing
When She Decided Not to Keep Me   
by Shoshauna Shy (USA)

 


Ursula Sits   
by Karenlee Thompson (Australia)

 

 

 


A LITTLE ABOUT THE WINNERS:

Jack Barker-Clark is a writer from a valley in the North of England. His fiction has appeared in several UK and US journals, and in 2020 he founded The Pale Quarter, an interdisciplinary arts-grasses collective. When not writing on literature he fixates on mountains, sparkling water, the Rolling Thunder Revue, ornamental grasses and vampires. He can be found in the flowerbeds after he’s put his boy to bed.

Shey Marque is a former scientist from a lab with striking similarity to a submarine. Told she was a square peg in a round hole, she defected to poetry. She’s obsessed with prose poetry and flash fiction, and how they morph from one to the other. ‘Holes do not need to be round!’ will be inscribed on her headstone. For narratives of varying shapes, please visit her collection ‘Keeper of the Ritual’ (UWA Publishing 2019). 

Alexandra Blogier is a writer who lives in Boston, Massachusetts and along the edge of Cape Cod. She is the author of the YA novel The Last Girl on Earth, hailed by the Center of Children’s Books as “an immersive and intriguing alien invasion story that focuses not on space battles but on relationships.” She is working on her next novel. 

Roland Leach lives on the coast in Perth, Western Australia, and spends most of his time teaching, writing and surfing. He used to enjoy travelling to islands around the world, and once had an Australia Council Grant to write in the Galapagos Islands. He peaked in the late 90s.

Kirsty Seymour-Ure is a freelance nonfiction editor by day and a writer of stories by night. Her flash fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines and she has co-authored a book of haiku with her cat. She has also written a novel, currently looking for a publisher. She lives in the rural wilds of Italy with chickens in the back yard and wolves in the woods behind her house.

Katherine Powlett lives on the wild North Norfolk coast, having moved there from the wilds of Soho. She still needs noise and adventure in her head, so she writes. She has often thought it would be nice to get more sleep. She likes vanilla cronuts, Scrabble, and swimming in the sea.. She dislikes the thought of having a pet, lychees, and running. She’s writing her first novel.

Sharma Taylor savours words and good food. A staunch lover of all things Caribbean, Sharma is a Jamaican lawyer living in Barbados. She won the 2020 Wasafiri Queen Mary New Writing Prize, the 2020 Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award and the 2019 Bocas Lit Fest’s Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize.

Shoshauna Shy’s poems have been published in print and electronically, made into videos, displayed inside taxis, and plastered onto the hind quarters of city buses. She was delighted when the flash fiction spark joined the mix. Not a monogamous writer, she usually works on 7-11 pieces at one time. She is the founder of the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program, and the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf awards. She is the author of five collections of poetry.

Karenlee Thompson was born in Australia but her nomadic lifestyle sees her popping up all over the globe as she prises hidden stories from her surrounds. She has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies in Australia, Ireland, and the UK and has published one themed collection of shorts (Flame Tip). She sings like a distressed raven and dances like Elaine from Seinfeld.

Laurence Gea: “Laurence Gea writes from Cork, Ireland. She grew up in France, and lived in the US, Italy and Belgium before settling in Ireland with her husband and two children. She is passionate about her family’s Pied-Noir background and is currently at work on a novel.”

 


 

Short-list:

(alphabetical order)

There are 59 flash stories in the short-list. (There were 1,468 entries in total.)

Six Million Reasons

Helen

Aherne

Both On and Off

Jack

Barker-Clark

Curing a Broken Heart

Robert

Barrett

Mirror Mirror

Mary

Bevan

Ouija

Alexandra

Blogier

Patient Angel

Alan

Coombe

Gomey

Kathy

D’Arcy

Damage

Jackie

Davis

Back on the River

Rick

Donahoe

Request

Rosemary

Eagle

Customer Service

Christina

Eagles

Confession

Frances

Gapper

Top Ten Reasons Why Pied-Noirs Are Good at Packing Suitcases

Laurence

Gea

The Randomness of Things

Richard

Hooton

Bedtime Story

Charlotte

Judet

Beneath Her Skin

Samantha

Keller

Is That You?

Jim

King

The dangers of historical reenactments

Kinneson

Lalor

My Vaudeville Dancing Days

Molly

Lanzarotta

Desert

Roland

Leach

Double Agent

Chris

Lee

I tread lightly

Jack

Lethbridge

One Is Such A Lonely Number

Fiona J

Mackintosh

Cataracts & Dogberries

Shey

Marque

Woolgathering

Shey

Marque

Labour

Colin

Martin

Melissa

Fhionna

McGeechan

Sworn to Secrecy

Michael

Mcloughlin

A Short Film About Seagulls

Bruce

Meyer

Rotten on the Bough

Alexander

Mobbs-Iles

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Tom

Murray

Hindsight

John

Piggott

Wellness Check

James

Reed

Silent Signal

Jean

Roarty

Porky pens a winner

Mike

Rotheray

My mother is a garden where other people grow

Leonie

Rowland

Heat

Jonathan

Saint

Each Time History Repeats Itself, They Say the Price Goes Up

Shannon

Savvas

For The Last Time

Dee

Scallan

Lion

Kirsty

Seymour-Ure

The Cricketers Arms

Kirsty

Seymour-Ure

To Will One Thing

David

Sherman

What My Parents were Wearing
When She Decided Not to Keep Me

Shoshauna

Shy

Reverse Move

Gordon

Simms

Running Out

Kathryn

Smith

Just Another Summer Morning

Julian

Stanford

Meadow Margins

Julian

Stanford

Too Much Sun

JOHN

STEPHENS

Attachment issues

Pat

Storey

Amy Frail’s Walk

Sharma

Taylor

Late Night Ride

Lisa

Taylor

The Day Amy Kinona Became Invisible

Sharma

Taylor

Two needles, One Dog

Kevin

Thomas

Ursula Sits

Karenlee

Thompson

The Successful Ones Must Hate
the End of the World so Much

Julian

Wakeling

I thought I knew what love was

Rob

Ward

Pay it Forward

Phoebe

Whitlock

Skeleton in the Cupboard

Katherine

Powlett

Spider

Gaile

Wotherspoon

Negative

Michelle

Wright

 

 

Long-list 

(alphabetical order)

There are 170 flash stories in the long-list. (There were 1,468 entries in total.)

Six Million Reasons

Helen

Aherne

Play Dead

Maureen

Aitken

Out of Fashion

Elizabeth

Allen

Your love

Elizabeth

Allen

Ark

J.M.

Allnatt

Que reste-t-il de nos amours?

Peter-Adrian

Altini

Six Hours

Gloria

Amondi

Last Innings

Sue

Banister

He is Yours

April

Barcalow

Both On and Off

Jack

Barker-Clark

Wink

Robert

Barrett

Curing a Broken Heart

Robert

Barrett

Relocating

Ruth

Bevan

Mirror Mirror

Mary

Bevan

Deer Doris

Mary

Black

The Great Oak

Mark

Blackburn

Ouija

Alexandra

Blogier

The headscarf

JIM

BRADBURY

Entropy.

Andrea

Breen

Veranda

Andrea

Breen

A Strong One

Mark

Brom

Ghost

Stan

Brown

The Boy

Amanda

Buckwalter

Uncommon Birds

Emma

Bushmann

I don’t ‘do’ Champagne

Anne

Byrne

Sugar

Diana

Cambridge

The Edge

Alan

Carroll

A Practical Guide to Making Rain

Myna

Chang

Patient Angel

Alan

Coombe

Wells

Raymond

Cooney

Free Spirit

Karen

Cooper

Iroquois Theater Fire, Chicago, December 1903

Richard

Cooper

Innocent Eye

Karen

Cooper

Safety in the Home

Tim

Craig

“The Dregs”

Judith

Crandell

The Box with the Red Ribbon

Bernie

Crawford

Saturday Night in St Mâlo

REBECCA

CULLEN

The Performer

Patrick

Curran

Gomey

Kathy

D’Arcy

Damage

Jackie

Davis

OVER ON THE NORTH SIDE

Sharon

Dilworth

Back on the River

Rick

Donahoe

Sweetest Strawberries

Anne

Doyle

GALINA’S BIRTHDAY

Sallie

Durham

The Lifespan of a Window

Patrick

Eades

Lineage of Touch

Rosemary

Eagle

Request

Rosemary

Eagle

Customer Service

Christina

Eagles

A Cripple’s Guide to Living

Charlotte

Fodor

Snippets

Martina

Foreman

A Piece of Gold

Linda

Foster

Ribboned

Linda

Foster

The Dare

Linda

Foster

Yes, You Can

Cristina

Galvin

Let’s Pretend

Frances

Gapper

Confession

Frances

Gapper

Between the fields, the stream rushes

Murray

Garrard

Stray Bullet

Laurence

Gea

Top Ten Reasons Why Pied-Noirs Are Good at Packing Suitcases

Laurence

Gea

Unvanquished

M

Gethins

The Deep End of a Desert

Damian

Giampietro

Lost

Penny

Gibson

Happy Ending as Teenage Runaway Is reunited with Father

Donna

Greenwood

FOR MY NEXT TRICK

Charles

Hadfield

MUSEE PICASSO

Jill

Hadfield

Death Sits Heavily on My Shoulders

Melody

Hall

The Forbidden City

Jeffrey

Hantover

[mohr-ning] [suhn]

Jane

Harrington

Florentine woman

Patrick

Hewitt

The Sodality of Sorrow

Margaret

Hickey

The Detective

Lesley

Holmes

The Randomness of Things

Richard

Hooton

Hiraeth

Kathy

Hoyle

A Commentary on our Times

Philip

Hunter

What do you do

Louise

Ihringer

Fallen Leaves

Clay

Iles

Hey Dad

Mohamad

Jomaa

Bedtime Story

Charlotte

Judet

Beneath Her Skin

Samantha

Keller

The Accordion Player

James Allan

Kennedy

Is That You?

Jim

King

A Lizard Named Leo

Sarah

Klenbort

Suzerian

gary

kohl

Congratulations

Mimi

Kunz

Sharing

Mimi

Kunz

Optimistic Bed Linen

Laura

Kyle

The dangers of historical reenactments

Kinneson

Lalor

My Vaudeville Dancing Days

Molly

Lanzarotta

Desert

Roland

Leach

Double Agent

Chris

Lee

The Red Soil of Matheran

Jack

Lethbridge

I tread lightly

Jack

Lethbridge

Painted Faces

Karolina

Letunova

Sinclair and Jeff

Kik

Lodge

Why my brother won’t dance

Kik

Lodge

A Kind of Fighting

K. S.

Lokensgard

One Is Such A Lonely Number

Fiona J

Mackintosh

Baby Brain Motel

John

MacMillen

Lockdown madness

Nathalie

Markiefka

Cataracts & Dogberries

Shey

Marque

Woolgathering

Shey

Marque

Chapters

Bruce

Marrison

Labour

Colin

Martin

Melissa

Fhionna

McGeechan

Sworn to Secrecy

Michael

Mcloughlin

The Music Starts

Andrew

McWilliams

A Short Film About Seagulls

Bruce

Meyer

Rotten on the Bough

Alexander

Mobbs-Iles

The Escape

Rose

Morris

The Lie

Rose

Morris

Call Anytime

Tracy

Murphy

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Tom

Murray

Not the Auguries for a Peaceable Night

Thivakaran

Narayanan

The ivory-white space

Nikunj

Nathany

An eternity of sorts

Ian

Nettleton

Triptych: Scene of Crime

Patricia

Newbery

2013

Jordan

Nishkian

Things I Have Lost

Michelle

North-Coombes

Ladybird

Maria

O’Brien

Words

Kate

O’Leary

Shag

Heather

Pearson

A Present Tense

GC

Perry

Hindsight

John

Piggott

Skeleton in the Cupboard

Katherine

Powlett

Peace

Lauren

Preston

Number Two Pencil

Shannon

Ramos

Rehumanised

Helen

Rana

To Pelham Bay Park and Beyond

Siri

Ranganath

Wellness Check

James

Reed

Silent Signal

Jean

Roarty

Porky pens a winner

Mike

Rotheray

My mother is a garden where other people grow

Leonie

Rowland

Heat

Jonathan

Saint

The Postman

Michael

Salander

A Perfect Game

Sam

Sanders

Thoughtless

Dennis

Sargent

Each Time History Repeats Itself, They Say the Price Goes Up

Shannon

Savvas

For The Last Time

Dee

Scallan

Fallen

seamus

scanlon

Lion

Kirsty

Seymour-Ure

The Cricketers Arms

Kirsty

Seymour-Ure

Room 211

David

Sherman

To Will One Thing

David

Sherman

What My Parents were Wearing When She Decided Not to Keep Me

Shoshauna

Shy

Reverse Move

Gordon

Simms

Personal Geology

Jay

Skardis

Too Late

Johanna

Skinner

Silence

Frances

Sloan

Running Out

Kathryn

Smith

Just Another Summer Morning

Julian

Stanford

Meadow Margins

Julian

Stanford

Too Much Sun

JOHN

STEPHENS

An Uncertain Sea

Victoria

Stewart

Attachment issues

Pat

Storey

10 Items

Sharma

Taylor

Amy Frail’s Walk

Sharma

Taylor

Late Night Ride

Lisa

Taylor

The Day Amy Kinona Became Invisible

Sharma

Taylor

Protect Me

Brendan

Thomas

Two needles, One Dog

Kevin

Thomas

Ursula Sits

Karenlee

Thompson

Hazel Currie Catches Fire

LISA

TRIGG

Hazel Currie Walked to the School House with Olga Broumas

LISA

TRIGG

Survivor of Modern Romance

Jamie

Valentino

The Confession

Thomas

Wachner

The Successful Ones Must Hate the End of the World so Much

Julian

Wakeling

I thought I knew what love was

Rob

Ward

Bee

Debra

Waters

Pay it Forward

Phoebe

Whitlock

Spider

Gaile

Wotherspoon

Negative

Michelle

Wright

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