For our 2020 themes, we have guest judges for each quarter who have also chosen their own themes. The winner and two runners-up receive cash prizes and have their stories published on the website.Read previous winning stories here
Winner Prize: £200
Runner-Up Prize x 2: £100
Word count: Max 500
Gaynor Jones is an award-winning writer known for her strange and surreal takes on life. Gaynor also works with Retreat West to promote our books and providing editorial and web support. In 2018 she won the Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award at the Belfast Book Festival and was named Northern Writer of the Year at the Northern Soul Awards. In 2019 her flash fiction collection, Business As Usual, received a special mention in the Saboteur Awards for Best Short Story Collection. Her work has been widely published, including in The Forge, Barrelhouse, Ellipsis Zine and the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology.
FJ Morris’ debut flash fiction collection This is (not about) David Bowie was published by Retreat West Books in November 2018 and received a special mention in the Saboteur Awards for Best Short Story Collection in 2019. Freya has been published in numerous publications in the UK and internationally, and shortlisted for a variety of awards. Recently, you can find her stories soaring the skies thanks to a short story vending machine in a Canadian airport, and gracing pillows in a hotel in Indonesia. You can also find her stories in Bare Fiction, Halo, The Fiction Desk, Popshot, National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, and many more.
Amanda Huggins’ first full-length short story collection, Separated From the Sea, was published by Retreat West Books in June 2018, and received a Special Mention in the 2019 Saboteur Awards for Best Short Story Collection. Her second collection, Scratched Enamel Heart, will be published in Spring 2020, once again by Retreat West Books. Mandy’s work has been published in fiction and poetry anthologies, travel guides, textbooks and literary magazines, as well as in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Reader’s Digest, Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, Traveller, Popshot, Mslexia, Wanderlust, and Writers’ Forum.
Sandra Arnold grew up in the north-east of England and now lives in rural Canterbury, New Zealand. She has been nominated for writing prizes in both countries, and was awarded the 2015 New Zealand Heritage Short Story Award and the Seresin Landfall Otago University Press Residency. Sandra holds a Creative Writing PhD. Sandra has published non-fiction and flash fiction. Retreat West Books published her debut flash collection, Soul Etchings, in June 2019 and her third novel, The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell was published by Mākaro Press in August 2019.
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