April 2021 – Long List

The April deadline for our short story competition saw the last chance to take advantage of our ‘4 for 3’ offer, and we saw a flurry of entries towards the closing date.

As always, our competitions are rolling, and the next one – deadline 31st July 2021 – is now open for entries. So what are you waiting for – get writing and get entering! (Also, of course, you still have just over a week to enter our current 500 word flash fiction competition.)

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We hope you are enjoying our series of articles as much as we are. We have more author profiles on the website, as well as more of ourOn The Shelfseries. They’re proving to be fascinating reading. If you’ve not seen them yet, why not click the links and check them out.

We’ve also started our writing prompts page, which currently has a couple of themed prompt grids to get the creative juices flowing, and in our Miscellany section there’s an interesting write-up on a recent twitter poll we ran regarding Elmore Leonard’s view on using only the verb ‘said’ to carry dialogue.

But now, we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the April 2021 competition:

Jan Barker
Holly Barratt
Dianne Bown-Wilson
Robbie Brown
Letty Butler
Anil Classen
Chris Cottom
James Harvey
Denny Jace
Taria Karillion
Alan Kennedy
Sarina Kiayani
Ros Levenson
James Little
Val McGregor
Nick McLoughlin
L F Mills
Rosie Morris
Steve Redshaw
Rachel Robbins
James Rose
Michael J Rush
Jonathan Saint
Ruth Sedar
Edward Sergeant
Gary Smillie
Liane Smith
David Stephens
Hannah Sutherland
Nick Teale
David Wass

Once again, some familiar names there, plus many more new ones. Well done to everyone for making it to the long list stage.

The short list and winners will be announced, and the three placed stories published, here on our website, on 11th June.

One last thing…

We’re currently working on our next print anthology, which will be published in November 2021. It will feature a collection of winning and short-listed flash fiction from the first four quarters of our competition. So if you are entering our current flash competition make sure it’s your very best work – you could end up in print by the end of the year!