2017 Short Story Prize and Flash Fiction Prize Longlists

Many thanks to everyone that entered the 2017 RW Short Story Prize and RW Flash Fiction Prize. There were double the amount of entries this year and we’ve been busy reading away.

Readings are done anonymously until the shortlists are chosen and only then do we discover who has written what, so only the story titles are listed here. Congratulations to all the writers who see their story titles here.

Longlist RW Short Story Prize

  • Alan and Barbara – A Life in Fives
  • An Entry in the Yellow Book
  • Boys Outside
  • Calvo Marsh
  • Dress Rehearsal
  • Home Improvements
  • Just a Storm
  • Magee’s Island
  • Making the Grades
  • Options for the Ridiculously Poor
  • Paleo
  • Requiem
  • Roast Potatoes
  • The Distance
  • The Good Brother
  • The Hazard
  • The Killing Moon
  • The Martha Rhymes
  • The Land of Bondage
  • The Riddle
  • The Wish
  • There Are Some Things You Can’t Say to the Person You Can Say Anything To
  • Thou Shalt Not Covet
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill
  • Welcoming Committee

Longlist RW Flash Fiction Prize

  • A Perfect Fit
  • Blind Insight
  • Butterfly Kisses
  • Chronic
  • Cinders After Midnight
  • Curl Up and Die
  • Digital Detox
  • Dirty Blonde
  • Impermanent Facts
  • Inside Story
  • Measles
  • Measured
  • Not My Fault
  • Note to Chinese Dad
  • On the Threshold
  • The City of Stories
  • The Heart of Winter
  • Time Difference, Japan
  • We Don’t Understand the Machines We Have Created
  • While My Wife is Out of Town

Well done and good luck for the next round to all the writers whose stories are listed here.

We will be re-reading and announcing the shortlists in January 2018. The 10 shortlisted stories in each category will then go to the judges to read and the winners  will be announced in February 2018. Alison Moore is judging the short story category and Tania Hershman the flashes.

Prizes and copies of the anthology, which is being published by Retreat West Books, will be presented to everyone on the shortlists at an event in September 2018. Details of this will be available in the new year.

Once the winners have been announced the details of the deadlines and judges for the 2018 Prizes will go live.

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