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November 2020 – Flash shortlist and winners

Our first flash fiction competition attracted a huge number of entries, and it has taken longer than ever for the judges to chose the shortlist and the two winning stories. (Christmas and New Year, plus the small matter of relocating the entire Cranked Anvil HQ up to rural Northumberland, didn’t help to speed the process along!)

But the results are now in, and we are delighted to publish the following placed entries:

1st: Hannah SutherlandWarm Milk

2nd: Rose Walker-TaylorSoup Kitchen

Prize money is on its way to you, and your stories are published here on our website.

Well done to the following writers who made it to the shortlist:

Benjamin Britworth
David Butler
(1 story)
Linda Fawke (1 story)
Mary Francis (1 story)
Martin Kirkbride (1 story)
James Mason
Jodi Moxon
(2 stories)
J M Thomas (1 story)
Gillian Welby (1 story)
Barbara Young (1 story)

As you can see from the list above, many of our writers enter multiple entries, and hve made it onto the shortlist with at least one of their stories.

Both our writing competitions are open all year round with quarterly deadlines, so why not have a go and enter your work – we love to read and publish the best, both here on our site and in our annual print anthologies.

Enter our 1500 word Short Story Competition – next deadline 31 January.

Enter our 500 word Flash Fiction Comptition. – next deadline 28 February.

Good luck!

November 2020 – Flash Long List

Our first 500-word Flash Fiction competition has proved incredibly popular, and the judges have loved reading all of the eligible entries.

We had a hugely diverse range of themes, genres and ideas, and we just know that our Flash Anthology – which will be publihed in 2021 – will prove just as popular as our Short Story Anthology did earlier this year.

However – Just like our short story competition, we did receive some entries that did not adhere to our rules, and therefore were disqualifed. If you’re entering the competition, please read all the terms of entry very carefully, to ensure your story is in with the best chance of being considered.

Even if you’ve entered our competitions before, go back and check the rules again.

Make sure you’ve got everything right – not just the word count, but the layout and document title requirements too. Make sure your document has a covering page, containing all the information we need.

In the meantime, we’re delighted to reveal our long list of authors for the November 2020 Flash Fiction competition:

Karon Alderman
Edward Barnfield
Kathryn Barton
Cath Barton
Georgia Boon
Ruth Brandt
Benjamin Britworth
Sharon Bromberger
Jonathan Buckmaster
Alyssa Bushell
David Butler
Chelsea Chong
Georgia Cook
Kathryn Crowley
Adrian J Curd
Marie Day
Eoghan Doyle
Linda Fawke
Richard Ferraris
Mary Francis
Patricia Griffin
Tania Hershman
Jeremy Hinchcliff
Edna Hutchings
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jones
Martin Kirkbride
Deborah J Mantle
James Mason
Sarah McPherson
Sherry Morris
Jodi Moxon
Rachel Robbins
Louis Rossi
Charlotte Schelling
Claire Schon
Edward Sergant
Kerri Simpson
P J Stephenson
Mark Stocker
Hannah Sutherland
J M Thomas
Marilyn Timms
Rose Walker-Taylor
Alison Wassell
Gillian Wellby
Elizabeth Meg Wilson
Barbara Young

Congratulations to you all!

The short list will be announced, and the two placed stories published here on our website, in mid-January 2021.

In the meantime, we hope all our readers and writers have a very merry and safe Christmas, and an inspiring and prolific 2021!