Flash Fiction Results

TSS Flash Fiction 400 Competition, winter 2018

We are pleased to announce the TSS Flash 400 longlist for the spring competition. Flash Fictions have been listed alphabetically.

Our huge thanks to all those who entered and many congratulations to the writer of these 40 fantastic pieces of writing.

Please feel free to announce your longlisting on social media, but do not specify which Flash Fiction is yours. Judging is still underway and work must remain anonymous.

The shortlist will be announced by the end of the month.

TSS Flash Fiction 400 Longlist (spring 2019)


A Small Mistake

Afternoons and Coffee Spoons


Bobby Beer Bottle

Cherry Bomb


Eleventh Night

Evidence of Another Life

Except by my Sister

French Exchange

Girl & Pangolin

How to Enter Another Galaxy

I Married a Taxidermist

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

Just a Drop in the Ocean

Just a Normal Day

Matt’s Basement

Mind the Gap

Nature Walk

No Ghost

No Isabellas or Olivers, No Rental College Epiphanies


Phyllis Wears Blue

Ring Pull

Skyscraper Woman

Slow Down for Armadillos

Some Meaning

Space Oddity

Swimming Solo



The Age of the Dinosaurs

The Gentle Art of Sock Balling

The Kraken

The Man on the Ledge

The Parasites

This is How it Works


Uki Survives on Scraps from the Fish MarketWestern

Diamondback Rattlesnake can survive six months without food

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