2020 Short Story and Flash Fiction Prize Shortlists

Thanks once again to everyone who entered their stories into the 2020 annual prizes. We read almost 500 stories across the 2 categories and are excited to reveal the shortlist of 10 for each, which will all appear in the annual anthology. Many congratulations to these writers (the judges are reading anonymously still so no announcing the title of yours online!), to the longlisted writers, and everyone who entered as 2020 was a challenging year for creativity.

The short stories will now go to Peter Jordan to choose his top 3 from and the flash fictions to Susmita Bhattacharya. We’ll be back with the final results as soon as we can.

2020 Short Story Prize Shortlist

  1. A Straightforward Life
  2. Booboo
  3. Centuries, in Burnt Sienna
  4. Daniel Sprinkles Stars
  5. Flamingos
  6. It’s Not Normal to Befriend a Trapped Butterfly
  7. Phylum
  8. Spinach, Celery, Carrot, Beetroot, Ginger, Apple
  9. The Stone Cutter’s Masterpiece
  10. Words 

2020 Flash Fiction Prize Shortlist

  1. 2084
  2. Apple Fall
  3. Amuse-Bouche
  4. Baggage
  5. Fledgling
  6. Homemaker 
  7. How to Make Damson Jam
  8. The Circular Trajectory of Drones
  9. The Weight of Feathers
  10. Visiting Hours

We’re revamping the annual prizes for 2021 and will have new judges and details in the Spring…