Flash Fiction Results

TSS Flash Fiction 400 Competition, spring 2019

We are pleased to announce the TSS Flash 400 winners for the spring competition.

This is the final Flash 400 competition TSS will be running. Going forward, we are open to general submission with Elisabeth Ingram Wallace taking the helm as Senior Editor. We will still be running one Flash Fiction competition a year which will be integrated into the Cambridge Prize. Details to follow later in the year.

Our thanks to all writers who have entered the competitions over the last few years. We’re delighted to feature such outstanding work on the website.

TSS Flash Fiction 400 winners (spring 2019)

1st place: Skyscraper Woman, by Emma Hutton
2nd place: The Kraken,  by Shannon Savvas
3rd place: Eleventh Night, Louise Farr

Highly Commended

Cherry Bomb, by Cate McGowan
The Gentle Art of Sock Balling, by Dettra Rose

TSS Flash Fiction 400 Shortlist (spring 2019)

A Small Mistake – Matt Cowan

Afternoons and Coffee Spoons – Annette Hill

Bobby Beer Bottle – Karen Jones

Cherry Bomb – Cate McGowan

Cistern – Niamh MacCabe

Eleventh Night – Louise Farr

Evidence of Another Life – Sandy East-Bland

Girl & Pangolin – Gaynor Jones

I’d Advise Any Woman to Steer Clear of a Man Like That – Cath Barton

Just a Drop in the Ocean – Ashley Owen

Nature Walk – Karen Jones

Phyllis Wears Blue – Jane Devoy

Skyscraper Woman – Emma Hutton

Some Meaning – Leonora Desar

Terminal – Helen McClory

The Gentle Art of Sock Balling – Dettra Rose

The Kraken – Shannon Savvas

Uki Survives on Scraps from the Fish Market – Anika Carpenter

Diamondback Rattlesnake can Survive Six Months Without Food – Laura Danks

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TSS Flash Fiction 400 Longlist (spring 2019)

Due to a small technical glitch during an update, we lost the details for three of the stories below. If you are the author, please do contact rupert@theshortstory.co.uk and we’ll add your name to the list asap.

 

A Small Mistake – Matt Cowan

Afternoons and Coffee Spoons – Annette Hill

Bobby Beer Bottle – Karen Jones

Cherry Bomb – Cate McGowan

Cistern – Niamh MacCabe

Eleventh Night – Louise Farr

Evidence of Another Life – Sandy East-Bland

Except by my Sister – Shannon Savvas

French Exchange – Cathy Lennon

Girl & Pangolin – Gaynor Jones

How to Enter Another Galaxy – Jeanette Shepphard

I Married a Taxidermist – Jude Higgins

I’d Advise Any Woman to Steer Clear of a Man Like That – Cath Barton

Just a Drop in the Ocean – Ashley Owen

Just a Normal Day – Please contact TSS

Matt’s Basement – Leonora Desar

Mind the Gap – Jennifer Rowe

Nature Walk – Karen Jones

No Ghost – Rick White

No Isabellas or Olivers, No Rental College Epiphanies – Barclay Rafferty

Paradise – Gillian English

Phyllis Wears Blue – Jane Devoy

Ring Pull – Hannah Persaud

Skyscraper Woman – Emma Hutton

Slow Down for Armadillos – Rachael Dunlop

Some Meaning – Leonora Desar

Space Oddity – Freya Norley

Swimming Solo – LA Wilsom

Swing – Anne Howkins

Terminal – Helen McClory

The Age of the Dinosaurs – Leonora Desar

The Gentle Art of Sock Balling – Dettra Rosa

The Kraken – Shannon Savvas

The Man on the Ledge – Reshma Ruia

The Parasites – Susannah Wise

This is How it Works – Paul McDonald

Tiger – Amanda Huggins

Uki Survives on Scraps from the Fish Market – Anika Carpenter

Diamondback Rattlesnake can survive six months without food – Laura Danks

TSS Flash 400 Winners (winter 2018)

1st Place

The Grieving Gallery Attendant is Going to Quit, by Anika Carpenter

2nd Place

Catechism by Adam Lock

3rd Place

In My Dream I See My Son by Jason Jackson

Highly Commended

A Touch of Blood – Stephan Meijerhof

No Plans – Paul Jenkins

Face Full of Quills – Jasmine Templet


Comments from Guest Judge, Emily Devane:

First, I’d like to thank Rupert for inviting me to judge this brilliant competition. It has been a huge honour reading the stories – and so many of them will stay with me long after reading. We had a few tough choices to make, and had to part with some stories we loved, several of which were a tantalising tweak away from being winners. For the pieces that didn’t quite make it, I sincerely hope to see them out there in other competitions and lit mags.

The stories we chose are the ones that stayed with us, where each re-read rewarded us with new layers. The writer of third-placed ‘In my dream, I see my son’ impressed us with their technical skill – the use of time in particular, and those details that make a life – culminating in a gorgeous last line. In second place, ‘Catechism’ worked on different levels. It’s a witty piece and we loved the unusual question and answer structure, the way it builds momentum and finishes on the perfect note. Finally, first-placed ‘The Grieving Gallery Attendant is Going to Quit’ shows a remarkable moment between two people, where the actions of one has a profound impact on the other. We loved the quirky tone, the arresting imagery and that satisfying conclusion, provided in part by the – quite brilliant – title.

Previous winners of the TSS Flash 400 competitions

Boy in a Bearskin, Joanna Campbell

Sweet William by Alicia Bakewell

Learning to Speak Dolphin by Angela Readman

Second Skin – Jo Gatford

When last We Spoke – Douglas Jensen

‘Cubism’ by Adam Lock

‘Maria Belfiore’s Shoes’ by Emily Devane

‘What She Carried’ by Kevin Kissane