February 2020 Micro Fiction Longlist

Thank you to Ali Thurm for providing this month’s brilliant prompt! Retreat West Books will publish Ali’s debut novel One Scheme of Happiness on 27th February. You can pre-order your copy here or find out more about her unsettling tale of uneasy friendships on our website here.

We received our highest ever number of entries (130) and so the winner will receive an equally impressive £260, in additional to a free entry to the annual Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize. The runner-up will get a free entry too, plus both stories will be published in the Flash Fiction section of our website.

The final ten will be published next Monday with public voting opening at the same time.

All readings and votes are anonymous so writers if you are on this longlist, please do not tell anyone which story is yours.

Thank you to all who submitted and congrats if you made the longlist!


  • A Point of Light
  • A Warning to Those At Sea
  • An Unusual Holiday Let Opportunity
  • Anyer Lighthouse
  • Betrayal
  • Change, Rising Fair
  • Chiaroscuro
  • For mother
  • For the Drowned
  • Goodbye to all that
  • Incantation
  • Incubus
  • Into the Light
  • It Is Water
  • Kopu Lighthouse
  • Letting Go
  • Lookout
  • Mad, Sad or Bad?
  • Nothing Lasts
  • Pharos
  • Quicksand
  • Safe Passage
  • Salt Kiss
  • See The Light
  • Shaken Houses
  • Significant Notes on Lighthouses
  • Smeaton’s Tower Ten O’Clock
  • Standing into Danger
  • Tending the Light
  • The Banshee’s Daughter
  • The Dimming Light
  • The Last of the Lighthouse Keepers
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Lighthouse Keepers Wife
  • The Tyrant
  • The Walrus
  • To rent: Repurposed Lighthouse
  • Together Again
  • Walking in the Steps of Another
  • Wreckers

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